Web Design and Development
Sooner or later, you might want to, or need to, change web hosts. Perhaps you’ve found a better package. Or maybe your website needs more features. Either way, you might be reluctant to move your website for fear of downtime, data loss, or incompatibility issues (in the case of a dynamic website which may rely on a certain configuration).
Fortunately, it is possible to move a website without any downtime.
The key to a successful move is planning. Do your research and choose a web host that meets the requirements of your site.
Dynamic Websites: If you have a website that is coded in PHP, ASP, or another programming language, you will need to choose a host and plan that supports the language. Give special attention to the versions of languages and software that are available. (For example, if your application runs using PHP5, your new host should support PHP5 or later. If your host only has PHP4 support, it is likely that your application will be adversely affected.) And for complex applications, it is a good idea to pay attention to the configuration of your new host, and whether or not you can customize it.
And to minimize downtime, your host will need to have the following features:
Alright, now we’re ready for the move.
To move your website, take the following steps in order:
All done. Of course, this process isn’t instantaneous. Instead, it may take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours for domain propagation. (Domain propagation is the process by which your domain location is updated, so that all requests for your website are now directed to your new host instead of your old host.) So there will be no downtime, but during this 24 -48 hour period, visitors to your domain with either be taken to your old hosting account or your new hosting account.
Once your website has been successfully moved, you can cancel your old hosting account. While you can cancel within 48 hours of updating your nameservers, it’s probably best to wait a full 72 hours. In addition, it is likely that you have created email accounts @yourdomain.com. So you will need to recreate these accounts on your new host. To save the mail currently in your folders, you should easily be able to forward the mail to yourself.
And there you have it! You can move your website with absolutely no downtime.Tags: downtime, FTP, nameservers