There are several reasons that may prompt a website owner to switch to another web host. They may be experiencing downtime, slow page loading, security or billing issues, or other issues that they attribute to the inefficiency of the web hosting company. It could just be all about the cost and maybe there’s a discount or promo offers from another web host that seems too tempting not to take advantage of. On the other hand, they may be foreseeing an expansion and they are doubting that their current provider will be able to accommodate their needs.
As long as the business has concluded that it will be more beneficial to them to switch to another web host, then by all means, they should do so. Most web hosts will help you move your website(s) from your old hosting account to your new account. All that is required is your old hosting account control panel login information or a full backup that they use to restore on your new hosting account. The follow issues are imminent when changing web hosts:
- Moving to another web host may require some downtime. Talk with both your old and new hosting providers to figure out the best way to limit or prevent any downtime.
- The transition may require some disruptions which visitors/customers might notice.
- Some glitches may happen during the transition but these should be minimal if proper planning and testing is done. It helps if the new web host is reputable and has a responsive support staff.
These drawbacks should not cause the business owner to worry since they can be easily minimized or even avoided as long adequate planning is in place.
Beyond these considerations, website owners should do the following before moving to their new web host:
- Business owners should regularly back-up their whole website. Something might happen while transferring to another web host and no one can be certain that everything will go smoothly. This may take a lot of time, especially to those who have to do the back-up task manually but it will certainly save the website and the business if something goes wrong.
- To prevent frustration it is best to have all the pertinent information about the new web host such as DNS information, domain account details, temporary URL for testing the site, and server information on hand.
Taking these steps can contribute to a smoother transition from the old web host to the new one. However, no matter how things seem to go smoothly, it will still be best to retain the old account for a short period of time until the new web host can guarantee the web site’s smooth operation. Make sure everything is working correctly on your new hosting plan before you modify your nameservers to point to your new hosting account.