Usually, it’s relatively easy to transfer a website. However, there are things that can happen which could cause a lot of complications. Luckily, there are things that can be done to make the process easier and stress-free.
All too often, site owners are in a mad rush to get the site moved over. This often leads to forgetting files, changing settings and making mistakes. The most important thing to remember when moving a website is to keep calm. Trying to hurry may create issues that take longer to fix than if one was patient with the transfer.
Here are three things to avoid when moving the website from one host to another.
Choosing the Wrong Type of Hosting
Choosing the wrong type of hosting can be exceptionally problematic. It can result in a site having poor performance or having capabilities that are unnecessary and overly expensive. In fact, not understanding the hosting account can lead to other issues such as inadequate security measures or incorrect settings.
For example, most blogs can easily be placed on a shared server. These systems host many websites from different owners simultaneously. They share resources such as drive space, network bandwidth, memory and other physical attributes of the server. The aspect of sharing also means they are less efficient than other types of hosting when facing large amounts of traffic.
A virtual private server is a step above the shared hosting as it provides a dedicated allocation of space, bandwidth and memory. This is often a more versatile system for setting up eCommerce and small to medium-sized business accounts. However, it also means that the site owner needs to know more about server settings and firewalls or else hire someone who does. Setting the wrong thing can lead to a compromised website.
Dedicated hosting is by far more expensive than shared, but it also means the owner has virtual complete control over the server. All resources are dedicated to the site owner as he or she essentially leases the hardware from the provider. As this is by far more expensive, it’s one of the least used when compared to the number of websites on the Internet.
These are only a few examples of hosting. Additions such as content delivery networks, web builder tools, email accounts and more should all be considered before committing to a specific host to transfer a website.
Not Creating a Backup of the Site
A vital component of transferring a website is creating a backup. While most moves happen without problems, one should never underestimate the random element. There are a myriad of things that can go wrong during a data transfer, and not having a backup could ultimately lead to a corrupt website.
Having a regular backup schedule is ideal whether the site is being moved or not. It protects the site from losing important pieces of data while delivering an easy method for recovery. Hackers, malware and even natural real-world disasters can destroy online information. Having a plan to recover from a backup is the solution to all of that.
Luckily, backups are quite easy to make. Programs like FileZilla allow users to connect to the website and create copies by downloading the whole website. This software works by connecting a computer directly to the root folder of the site while giving access to all of its files.
Once the files are downloaded, developers will also need to export copies of the database if there is one. Most hosts are easily accessible through phpMyAdmin. Once the tool is open, exporting the data may only take a few moments. This also depends on the size of the database. In any case, it gives the site owner a copy of the information just in case anything should happen.
Some site owners will combine the use of FileZilla and phpMyAdmin with using online Cloud storage tools. For example, Dropbox is a web-based application that will allow users to install a “folder” on the computer system. Anything placed into this special folder will immediately be uploaded to Dropbox online. This includes both files and databases of the website.
Changing the Name Server Too Soon
Changing the name server too soon can lead to losing visitors as well as hurting search engine optimization. In reality, it should be one of the very last things to do when transferring a website. It will make the transition seamless with visitors being none-the-wiser.
The name server is essentially the digital address of the physical storage of the website. Without it, browsers will certainly have a hard time finding the content. These domains are given by web hosting companies. Some hosts will change the name server automatically. However, many owners will have to do this manually by entering the new domain.
Think of inviting a bunch of friends and family over to a party at a new home. Without knowing where this new house is located, people would have a hard time showing up. This says nothing about external services that need to find the domain as well.
Changing the name server too soon can have dire repercussions for visitors. Perhaps someone visits and the site’s layout is corrupt or is missing files that haven’t been uploaded yet. Not only does this look bad to those coming to the website, but it could influence the person’s mind to never visit again.
Human visitors are not the only ones who are influenced by a site that appears incomplete. Search engines have an exceptionally long memory, and accessing pages that seem to no longer exist can throw all kinds of errors and hurt search engine optimization. The effects can be witnessed as search ranking could decrease rapidly.
These are only a few of the more important things to consider when it comes to transfer a website. Take the time to do the process correctly from the beginning. It may save a lot of lost hours should something happen and the site had to be repaired. Trying to rush the process increases the chances of making a mistake.