Moving to a Business Web Hosting Company – 5 Essential Steps

So you finally decided to change web hosts and kick that cheap
web hosting company to the curb. Maybe you just got fed up with
their mediocre service, slow connection times and shoddy customer
service. Maybe you just felt invisible, or worse yet, like a needle in
a haystack. Perhaps you need a web hosting company with
Internet marketing expertise to help your online business grow.
Whatever the reason, you decided it was time to switch to a real
business class web hosting company!

So, now that you have decided to make the switch to a business
web hosting company, what exactly do you need to do? Well,
there are 3 steps that you need to follow if you’ve decided to make
the move away from the cheap web hosting company.

1. Do your research: This time around, make absolutely sure that
the new web hosting company you choose has everything that
your online business needs to succeed. This includes personalized
customer service, adequate expansion capabilities, and Internet
Marketing expertise. Make sure that the business web hosting
company that you choose really does value your business and they
have the latest technology. You don’t want to find out that your
new web hosting company is still conducting business as if it is
1970. Internet Business moves much too fast for that.

2. Back up your files: Do Not let your current web hosting company
get wind of your intention to move to the business web hosting
company before backing up all your files. You should have done
backups as a matter of course anyway, not just for this occasion.
In any case, you need to have copies of your content, database,
scripts and any other files. If you let your old web hosting
company know that you intend to move before you do this, you run
the risk of having them “accidentally” lose your data or parking and
locking your domain, all of this meaning extra headaches for you.

3. Use Both Hosts: have your site run on the two hosts for a short
while. You need to do this to make sure that everything is running
properly. Of course, if you are moving to a business web hosting
company that really values you as a customer, you won’t need to
do this, as they will walk you through the process.

4. Notify the cheap web hosting company: Yep, let them know that
you are unhappy and leaving. Maybe if enough customers
complain, the cheap web hosting companies will get the message.
At this point, they’ll probably try to convince you to stay. Don’t
give in to their last ditch efforts to retain your business. Ask
yourself: why did they let it come to this point in the first place?

5. Move your DNS servers (nameservers): At this point, you’ll
need to change your nameservers from the cheap web hosting
company to the business web hosting company’s servers.
Normally, DNS server changes take 24-48 to propagate (take
effect).

If you’ve chosen your business web hosting company well, you can
be assured that they are reliable, knowledgeable and will be able
to assist you in growing your business. Better yet, you will know
that they are primarily interested in helping your business succeed
and will give you the advice that you need when you don’t have
the answers yourself.