Transferring a website is sometimes necessary or beneficial but there a few specific times when the process should be avoided. Learning how to avoid website transfers at inopportune times can help protect your site registration and ownership, website traffic, costs, and server uptime. There are several technological and administrative factors to consider when transferring a site including MX and DNS records, hosting costs, and quality of hosting service.
Backups and Transferring Websites
The first thing to know when you’re considering transferring a website is that you need a current and stable backup of the entire website and associated databases before moving any files. Websites built on the WordPress platform can easily be backed up with tools like BackUpWordPress. HTML websites and those running straightforward scripts can be downloaded easily enough through the file manager at the site’s current host.
Not only do you need to create an up-to-date backup of your website before transferring it, you’ll need to make sure that backup is already uploaded to your new host. This will prevent your visitors from having any downtime during the DNS updating process.
Ownership and Registration Precautions
When it comes to transferring a website from one owner or administrator to another there are several factors to take into consideration. For example, if you’re selling your website to a company, you’ll want to make sure you’ve received payment before beginning the transfer process. This includes holding off on giving the new owner your registrar transfer authorization key for the domain name or any of your hosting credentials.
If you’re transferring your own website to another host you’ll still need to review your DNS records and MX records to make sure they are up-to-date so that there’s no snags in the transfer process. You’ll also need to make sure you have the administrator and relevant testing or user account passwords saved before taking the website down from the original host. These passwords are often saved in browsers, which aren’t always consistent through new hosting, domain names, or IP addresses. Don’t transfer a website without having a clean record of this data.
You’re Already Getting the Best Deal
Website owners often transfer a website to a new host in hopes of saving money on their hosting bill. Web hosting is often a small expense in proportion to other overhead such as content creation and security but given it is a required expenditure in running a website many people will try to save even a couple dollars where possible.
Sometimes this works out for the web admin but often they don’t realize they are already getting the best deal. That’s because many hosting companies advertise their pricing as an introductory offer. Avoid transferring your website before checking that the new pricing you’re looking at isn’t simply a soon-to-expire introductory offer.
Sacrificing Quality for Short-Term Savings
While it’s often possible to save money by switching from one host to another it’s not always the right choice. You should avoid switching to another host just to save a few bucks if it’s going to limit you in terms of bandwidth, storage space, or in another significant way. You can avoid this common pitfall by checking out the specs your new potential-host is offering and comparing them to the specs of your current web server plan.
Quality in web hosting doesn’t only apply to the technical specification of your web server. You also need to inspect the hosting company you’re considering for quality of customer service. If you’re not satisfied with your current web hosting service then it may be time to find a more friendly and supportive web host, but make sure they have a good reputation or customer service ticketing or contact system before making the switch.
Transferring a Website When You Don’t Need To
Many website owners realize they would be better off with a VPS hosting package and figure they must leave their current shared-hosting company to get such a deal. Most hosts that offer shared hosting have VPS, Dedicated, and other types of hosting as well so be sure to check before making a transfer. This can save you time, energy, and often money. It is true that switching to another company when you upgrade can save you money so use comparative shopping before making your choice.
By reviewing these guidelines for when a website transfer is unadvised you’ll be sure to get the most out of your hosting budget while following the proper chain of command and ownership protocols. Creating a backup before transferring is essential, as is making sure you have updated DNS and MX records. Don’t forget to copy the databases that may be used by your website as well. Comparative shopping can help you find the right price for your hosting but make sure you aren’t sacrificing quality of service or hosting hardware just to save a few dollars.