How to switch hosts without
having any down-time
Switching to a new host can be a very smooth
process or it can be very complicated. Following our steps will
ensure that your move is a painless one.
1. The first step is to find the new host you want to be with and
join them. Make sure not to cancel with your old hosting provider,
and do not tell them you will be canceling. For the time being you
switching host needs to be kept a secret from them, or they could
terminate your site early and cause downtime.
2. At this
point you should have hosting accounts with two hosting providers
the old and the new one. You will now upload your entire site from
the old host to the new one. This can be done by connecting to their
ftp and downloading all your files. Then connecting to the new hosts
ftp and uploading all your files.
Temporary access to
your new web hosting account will look like these examples:
TEMP FTP Access
TEMP cPanel Access (use for MySQL DBs)
3. After you have all your files on both hosting accounts you will
change your domain names dns. Your new host should have provided you
with their domain name servers (dns). If they haven't contact them
to find out what dns you should use for your domain name.
Dns usually looks like this:
Once you know what dns to use on your domain name you will go to
wherever you purchased the domain name from to make the changes. If
you purchased your domain name from your host you usually will need
to ask them to make the dns changes for you. You will tell them
this.... "Hello my domain with you is ____ my username is ___ and my
password _____ please change my domain names dns to
ns1.unselfishmarketers.com and ns2.unselfishmarketers.com
If you have any questions we would be more then happy to help you,
or even make the dns changes for you.
4. Once your dns changes have been made you will need to wait two
days before your site will load off the new host. During this two
day period your dns is propogating world wide, and your site will be
bouncing from the old host to the new host every other minute
randomly. Once the two days is up your site will only be loading off
the new host.
5. 48 hours should have passed now since you have updated your dns.
If it has you will now contact your host you were moving from and
cancel your account with them.
If you completed all the above steps you have successfully switched
hosts, without any downtime at all!