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2) Administrator right
Make sure you are listed as the Administrative contact for your site’s domain name. Normally your current host will be listed as the Technical contact. If you find both the Administrative and Technical contacts have list your current host as the contact then your site has become a hostage (this is no good). You can use service like ‘Whois’ or if you know your registrars website to gain access to this information.
It’s better not to let your current host knows about the moving at this point. Just in case they might make things difficult in order to discourage your move and continue to stick with them or shut down your site early.
Can never put enough emphasis on this process. Backup should be done regularly and not during any major change like moving the site. You should be a multiple backup on different medium in prepare for the move. You don’t want to loose your hard work, do you?
What should you backup? You should backup all your web pages, scripts, images or picture files, log files, data files (if any) and any other working files. All these files should be backup at the root directory so that the directory structure is being captures. If you have set permissions or passwords on folders or directories then you might want to make note on them so that you can re-create the same permissions or passwords on your new server.
If you need to make changes to your current site then remember to do a backup at the end of every modification. This is to ensure the backup is of the latest version.
4) Setup new host
It’s time to set up your new web host. Now that you have found a plan that suits your requirements the most, it’s time to sign-up for it (remember to read carefully on the terms and conditions). Most plans come with a 30 or 60 days money back guarantee. So there is ample time for you to find out the good and bad on the new host.
After a successful sign-up, you will be given some information. There include a login id, a password, an IP address, server information on both primary and secondary, and links to your control panel. Remember to change your password after your first login. Keep the id and the new password in a safe place.
You can now connect to your new site thru the IP address given. You are now ready to upload your files that you have backup earlier. Set up the permissions or passwords on files or directories as well.
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