How to migrate your Website with minimum Down Time?
All thanks to the recent development in technologies, it has become very easy and convenient for people to find a way to migrate their websites. However, during this time, they might experience downtime of their website.
Depending on what goes on behind the scenes, the transfer of DNS servers between the old and new web hosts can cause a domain to go dark for between for 12 to 72 hours after the request for such a change is submitted to the new registrar.
There are, however, some pretty great tricks to avoid disaster when transferring a website to a new host server. Such as the ones listed below:
* Complete Your Move Before Cancelling: Do not cancel an existing web hosting plan before the move is complete.The most common mistake that web administrators make , those who are new to web hosting in general, or new to transferring their websites between servers, is that they almost immediately contact their old host to inform them of their decision to move their services to a new company’s servers.
Doing so before the transition has been expertly executed can result in not just downtime, but a complete loss of files and database information from the moment a cancellation is requested.
*Downloading your Backup Files: Login to cPanel and obtain compressed backups of website files and database information.For pure ease of use, customers moving to a new web host should ensure that both the new and old hosting companies employ the same web-based administration technology.
* Making the Transfer: Begin uploading the compressed backup files to the new server. Virtually every web hosting company will, after receiving the first month’s fee, send an email bearing information like the domain name servers and IP address details for the new hosting plan. This IP address can be used to view the website’s content before DNS propagation, and to access the individual FTP account and cPanel administration interface before changes are made.
* Make Sure the Databases Work Properly: One thing to note is that the database backup files do not contain information about the usernames, passwords, and permissions associated with each MySQL database. This information will need to be entered within the MySQL Databases interface within cPanel.