How to Change Your Domain Hosting

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Whether you're unhappy with the service provided by your current domain hosting provider, you need to move to another hosting company for economical reasons, or your website is simply growing and you need to have access to more features than your current domain host can provide, changing your domain name to a new Web hosting company can a be tedious experience. But it is sometimes necessary. In essence, everything saved on your current Web host's server has to be saved to off-line backup files then uploaded to your host's server. It's somewhat tedious but it's not difficult to do.

  • Research alternative Web hosting companies to find a service offering the features you need for your website at the best price.

  • Open an account with a new Web hosting company.

  • Log into your account with your current Web host.

  • Download all of your files from the host's server using the backup tool offered in the Web host's control panel or an FTP client application. Be sure to download all of your files. This includes any HTML files, picture files, audio files, flash files, INC files, CSS files, and so forth.

  • Back up your blog and Web forum database (if applicable) using a MySQL administration tool such as phpMyAdmin.

  • Log into your account with your new Web hosting company.

  • Obtain the DNS server information for the new Web hosting company. You will need this information later to update your DNS records to point to this new Web host server.

  • Upload all of the files for your website (downloaded in Step 4) to the new host's server.

  • Install the backup copy of your blog and forum database (created in Step 5) to the new host's server using their MySQL administration tool.

  • Log into your account with your original Web hosting company. Navigate to the Domain Name manager tool offered in the host's control panel. Edit your DNS records to reflect the server name associated with your new Web host. Submit the update. It can take up to 24 hours for the DNS records update to take effect globally. During this time your website will go off-line.

  • Visit your website. Check everything out to make sure all your Web pages have migrated successfully, the design elements of the site are still in tact, the website forum and blog are functioning properly, and so forth. Only after you're certain everything with your website is as it's supposed to be should you move on to the next step because you have mistakenly neglected to backup a stray file or two.

  • Cancel your account with your Web hosting company.

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