Changing Webhosts for Your Blogs

Being as how I always like trying new things, especially online, I decided to see what was involved in switching the hosting services of one of my blogs.  I quickly learned that there would be many separate steps involved and that this would not be some “presto-chango” procedure.

What spawned my interest in this?  Well I am sure that we all share the same philosophy of wanting to get the best deal.  Another hosting company was offering some extra-features that I knew I would need and it would not cost anything extra.  So, I thought I would give the process of migrating some blogs from one hosting company to another a try.

The first thing I had to do was to change the domain-name servers which in itself is no big deal.  Also, I made a backup of the blog database which would be needed at a later time. The fun stuff was to follow.  Next on the list was logging onto the server via an FTP transfer program (Viva Filezilla!) to move the blog files and folders onto my computer.  After you have worked on a blog for awhile, you will be amazed at how many files build up! Once you have learned the FTP (File Transfer Protocol) settings for the destination web-host, you then upload your blog to the destination root directory on the server for the new hosting service (in my case, HostGator).

In order for the new blog to “come-alive” once the file migration from host A –> computer–> host B had been completed, the wp-config.php file in the blog would have to be edited to the settings of the new host.  By this I mean the new database name, database user, password and host name would have to be incorporated.  The database for the old host would either have to be deleted or modified so that if someone tried to access the site, it would not register for the original host.  In effect, you would be “turning-off” your site so you could prepare to turn it “back on” with the new hosting service.  So, this is where the real drama begins.

Prior to importing the database into your website once the blog files have been loaded on the new server, make sure you thoroughly understand the instructions involved in this procedure.  Each web-host service may have it’s own peculiarities to make sure that the database is compatible with their service.  If you don’t understand the instructions, contact technical support (HostGator is great with blog support, I did not find the same with GoDaddy) prior to proceeding.   Once the files have been uploaded and the database is imported, everything should be okay.  Ensure that you load the files into the correct directory on the new server so that when the blog URL is typed, the prospective visitor will not get a “this page is not found” message (or something like that).  But with available file manager utilities, moving files and folders as needed is quite easy.

Now being as how this can be a time consuming affair (I have already consumed much!), you may want to consider paying someone to do this for you.  I currently have no idea what potential costs would be for the website transfers but you may be the type that does not want to mess around with this sort of thing and would prefer forking over the green-stuff.

Best Wishes and here’s to you “Thinking Outside of The Box!”

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