Move host guide.

Okay, you have been thinking of moving your website to another hosting plan for quite sometime but always being pulled back by the tough of it. Complexity and unknowns are always there to stop you from moving to another more attractive hosting plan. Don’t have to worry no more, read on to find out why.

Moving a website is not as difficult as you tough. There are few steps to follow carefully and at the end of it, you got your site running from your new host.

1) Finding a new hosting plan.

Below serves as a guideline for your hosting hunt:
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  • Pricing – As the old saying goes, penny for a penny. Do not get over excited when you see an extremely cheap hosting plan. Look carefully at what the plan provides and always read the terms and conditions as well. Define your own requirements before hand and look for a hosting plan that match closest to it and comes with a reasonable price tag.
  • Good technical support - A 24×7 support is basic requirement for most hosts. This will most probably be in the form of email. Phone support and online chat support will be an added advantage.
  • Operating system - Try to find a host that uses the same operating system as your existing host (soon to be ex-host). This will provide a close resemble environment for your website and hence will eliminates some unforeseen problems during and after the move.  
  • Database & Scripting support - Same as the previous mentioned point (Operating system). Make sure the new host provides support for the database and scripting program that your website is using. You will not be surprise to find some hosts don’t provide support for some of the most common database and scripting programs.
  • Hosting space & Transfer rate – Most sites will need about 50MB of space and an average of 2GB of data transfer per month.  With most current host offer more than 100GB space and over 1000GB of data transfer, it is more than enough for most websites.
  • Email -  Most hosts provide more than enough email addresses and pop3 or smtp abilities. Webmail is now very common and should be available as standard feature.
  • Control Panel – A user friendly control panel will make your life much more easy. I recommend CPanel hosts.
  • Performance – Get a host that has connection to a multiple fast internet backbone and has fast advance servers. Great uptime of over 99.5% is a must.

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