Most beginners choose free or shared web hosting to launch their sites but as the site progresses, expands and becomes more demanding, they start feeling the need to upgrade to a better hosting plan. This is when changing to cloud/ VPS/dedicated web hosting becomes important.
The first step involves finding a new web host. To do this, you need to have a clear idea of how much you can spend and what are your requirements . Once you find yourself a perfect host, all you have to do is back up your website from the old web host and then simply transfer the backup file to the new server.
Let’s talk about a few chores that will help you avoid problems at the time of changing hosts. Firstly, you should see whether you can reduce the resource usage of website and avoid the pain of transferring web hosting. Most websites grow and inflate beyond proportion after a few years of regular use. If yours has such problems, then now might be a good time to redesign the website. Redesigning simply means changing page layout, or maybe your data storage structure, removal of junk data etc. Doing all these things can cut the resource consumption considerably.
While choosing your host, you should ascertain that the new host uses the same platform (like UNIX / Linux / WWS) as the previous host. This will save you from a lot of troubles. Also, in case your budget is limited, ensure that your space and bandwidth requirements are met by the new host. Don’t forget to leave some space aside for future expansion.Your new web host should have all the special features you currently use, which may be anything from a DBMS to email auto response and surveying tools. A point to be noted is that if your current host makes use of FrontPage links, then using other software on the new hosting site can cause some problems.
It is also important to make sure that your web host is capable of handling your site as it gets bigger and busier. Go for a hosting company which allows you to increase your web space and bandwidth quota in future!
This is quite rare but shared web servers sometimes host adult and even illegal content. It is a good idea to keep away from such companies, as adult sites often experience tremendous traffic loads and hang up the whole server, while illegal content can possibly block off the entire server system with all its members. It is also good to do some research by checking out on the user reviews of the host you are opting for.
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