Transferring your website from one web host to another comes with a host of challenges. This is because when you change a configuration that impacts your site, problems are bound to occur. So it’s a good idea to know the problems upfront so that you can take steps to ensure they don’t manifest when moving your website to another host:
a) Moving your website to another web hosting company comes with downtime issues
When your website is experiencing downtime, visitors are not able to access it. And this means loss of prospective readers and customers. In this day and age, time is an asset, and so, when your site is down, you’re losing money. When you decide to move your website, your goal should always be to prevent any downtime from manifesting. That’s why before you make the switch; confirm that everything is working correctly on the new web hosting company. You should inform your customers about the planned switch, and the projected duration it’s expected to take. You should also work together with your new hosting company to ensure everything is streamlined and goes according to plan.
b) When changing host, missing links and change of website structure are bound to occur
Transferring your website’s assets from one host to another can cause certain files to be left behind or graphics to be misplaced. This is the reason why your site visitors come across the 404 error when they visit your site. In the course of and after the switch, make sure to monitor the 404 log. The 404 log will give you alerts if certain links aren’t working or give you a heads up on assets that need correcting to ensure your website comes back to full functionality.
c)Email transfer can present problems when moving to a new web hosting company
Switching your emails is one of the most daunting tasks when moving to a new host. Your email accounts may be hosted by your registrar, third party like Microsoft, or your web hosting company. If your domain registrar hosts your email account, you only need to point the email account to the new web hosting company’s IP address. If a third party hosts your email account, make sure your MX records, including other records required by the new web host, are updated in the DNS. If your current web hosting provider hosts your email account, just recreate the current email account with the new web hosting company, and you’re good to go.
d) Database is at risk when moving your website to the new web hosting company
Your database may be corrupted in the course of switching your web host. Database issues are sensitive. So ensure to get help from professionals to configure it correctly before moving your website to a new host.
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