Web Page Hosting
So you want to switch your web page hosting companies? Be afraid, be very afraid. Just kidding! While there is no end to the number of nightmare stories I hear on a regular basis about people trying to switch from one provider to another, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, just by doing your homework and reading this article now, you’re already getting a step ahead of the game. So read on to make sure you experience a smooth and seamless transition.
First of all, rest assured that you’re not in this alone. Switching providers has become almost as common place as starting up a website in the first place. In fact, with the growing number of providers popping up each day, the variety available for you to choose from is astounding. And, while that can be a bad thing, in this case, the more options the better.
Ok now here is what you shouldn’t do. Many entrepreneurs choose to simply buy a new account with their new providers, shut down the old account, move the domain and then upload a copy of their site, and keep on going. What’s wrong with that? Well, depending on how long that takes you, you could be losing out on a lot of valuable traffic and business. While your domain is being switched your website won’t be available online, which will not look good for your business. And, once the site is switched, you could continue to experience problems in uploading to the new provider. It can sometimes take days to switch, and if a search engine crawls your site during that down time, you could lose any ranking you had previously built up.
When switching your web page hosting companies, what you want to do is make the process as seamless as possible to your visitors. Yes, it is possible to switch providers without experiencing any down time, and without your customers even knowing it. First, upload and test your website on the new provider before you formally switch things over. Most providers will give you a temporary URL that will allow for this kind of test.
Once your new account is configured, then you can go about the transferring process. So long as the content on the two locations is exactly the same, you should have a seamless switch. And, best of all, your search engine rankings will be left alone. So, instead of deleting one and then moving to the other, keep both up and running until the switch is complete.
Depending on the advanced nature of your website and the technology it uses, you might need to seek extra help to setup an S-Tunnel. But, rest assured that the process can be a smooth one and there is no need to experience any down time.
There are many things to consider when switching web page hosting providers, but never forget to consider this: downtime will bring your company down.
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