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Harish Dhivare
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CHANGING WEB HOSTING SERVICE PROVIDERS

There are many reasons why individuals or companies want to change to a new web hosting company. It could be as simple as not enough storage space or bandwidth, or it could be due to its customer service, or lack thereof.

Easier said than done? Changing to a new web hosting company may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be that complex - there are just a few things to keep in mind.

Keep your web hosting account with your existing host open
It is recommend that you keep your existing web hosting account active until you have completed the transition steps (ie. new account setup, file transfer, email creation and setup, DNS modification and propagation).This will ensure that your website and domain email accounts will be running during the transition.

Changing your web hosting provider can be complicated, and it’s easy to lose critical data if you don’t take steps to protect your files. Fortunately, anyone can switch web hosting providers regardless of their technical knowledge. While you can migrate your site to the new provider on your own, less tech-savvy users can take advantage of free migration services from some of the other hosts.

Choose a suitable new web hosting provider
Considerations include:

A) Type of OS (Windows vs. Linux)
It depends on the technologies your website requires. For example, if your website requires ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS or other Microsoft-specific technologies, then you will need to find a Windows-platform web hosting plan.

B) Bandwidth and disk space requirements
Make a backup copy of your existing website : download old account files
Ideally, files should be downloaded in the same tree structure in which you want to upload it later. Also look for any file or chmod permissions that you might to set on any folder or file. This is a fairly easy task and can easily be accomplished by FTP.

However, some free web hosting providers do not offer FTP access. This is especially true If this is the case, you will not be able to download your existing web files and will have to re-create your new web files. To avoid running into the same problem in the future, In that case, Indsoft.net offers a free website FTP access.

DNS changes and propagation
Once you have uploaded your web files to the new web hosting server and re-created your email accounts, you can go ahead and make the necessary domain name server (DNS) changes.

DNS is usually obtained once you have signed up with the new web hosting provider. You will need to replace your existing DNS settings with the new one - this is usually done via your domain management panel (your domain registrar).

The new DNS will take anywhere between 24-48 hours to propagate, therefore the old web host is responsible for website and email in the meantime. This is why cancelling the old service should be the very last thing to do.

Test and Confirm
Once our team has notified that your website transfer is completed, they'll ask you to double check your website to ensure that things are working. Provided that you changed the DNS and waited the 24-48 hours for the domain to resolve everything should be working correctly.

Cancel your old account
Once your new account has been activated and your website and email services at your new web hosting provider are up and running, you can proceed to have your old account cancelled. Be mindful that you are not cancelling your domain registration service.

Transferring Your Domain Name (Optional)
We offer a free domain transfer, so why not right? Once your website is transferred, we can transfer your domain name from your existing registrar to us. To get started with this process, follow our Domain Transfer Instructions knowledgebase article.

That's all there is to transferring your website to INDSOFT. We take the stress and headache's out of it by simply doing the website transfer for you. If you have any questions or comments do not hesitate to contact us for Free Trial : +1-608-554-0461 or email us : mailto : mktg@indsoft.net

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