Website Migration Services – The Ins And Outs Of A Popular New Trend
Website migration services are an essential part of web design these days. If you are not happy with your current host provider and you want to switch you will be happy to know that it is easier than ever before. With web migration services you are able to practically lift your website and relocate it without any mess or fuss. The only thing that will have changed is the host provider.
Before embarking on the process it is a good idea to get to know what it entails. The basic essential steps involved include:
Knowledge of the necessary information regarding web migration
A request to your new host provider for the set up information
Get your domain name system (DNS) registered with your new provider
Re-delegate your domain name
Copy all the contents of your site including text, graphics and links
Test your website on the new domain
Ensure all your email services are configured, and up and running properly
Once you have successfully moved your site you must change your domain name system records
Now that you have a basic idea of what web migration includes, there are a few key ingredients you need before you start. You have to have a domain password and registry keys, all your SSL certificate files, and a list of your email addresses. Then you need access to your web hosting account with your current web host provider and the ability to migrate databases with your current host provider.
The domain name system
When moving your website the best thing to do as far as the DNS goes is to change it to suit that of your new host provider. There are a number of in-house or independent companies that can help you with this. Most prefer the former since they will have a better idea of what is going on and can often have it done much faster. Once you have reconfigured your DNS you have to change your current record to reflect the changes. If you aren’t aware what your current records show you can request a document from your existing web host.
Copying and testing your website
Once you have changed your DNS you will have a period in which to copy your web content. This varies depending on your host but in most cases you will have between one and two days. This is enough time to get your content to the new servers. The method you use for copying will depend on the type of information present. For FTP or SSH you can simply transfer files. To copy your entire site you can use LFTP. Once the copying is complete you can give it a test run on a temporary URL. This is to make sure the website is working as well as before and that no mistakes have been made. This saves you from having to undergo the whole process again.
Chances are you’ll have a number of different email addresses to deal with. It is important to give your host provider a list of these so that it can be changed appropriately to suit your new server. It is important to let the host know if you want the addresses to stay the same of if you want it to be handled by an independent company. Ensure you change your usernames and passwords as needed.
These are the essentials when it comes to web migration. So, if you are thinking of changing hosts make sure you get a company to provide you with good web migration services.
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