How to Transfer Your Website



Here 5 simple step to do so

How you can Transfer a Website in 5 Steps…

At Girlfridayz we've been receiving many e-mails asking Girlfridayz if we could perform the website transfer for our customers as we design and revamp website. It a service that Girlfridayz provide on an adhoc basis as we could probably never get them all done hence we decide to create a useful guide on the subject. So If you’re looking for someone to do the transfer for you, Girlfridayz provide you with this service for £60 we will do the transfer for you.

On any given day, thousands of website owners transfer websites from one provider to another for many reasons. It’s one of the most daunting tasks that a website owner can undergo. I’ve been a webmaster for many years and naturally I have moved a lot of web hosting accounts from provider to provider. I thought I would help by creating a step-by-step guide on how to transfer a website from your current hosting provider to a new one.

First I will walk you through selecting a new hosting provider. This is important as you do not want to continue switching hosting providers. Then we’ll make sure you have your domain ownership in your control. This is very important. Then finally I will take you through signing up for hosting, preparing for the transfer and then verifying everything is completed.

1) Finding a Web Hosting Provider

To transfer a website the first step would be to find a suitable hosting provider for your website. There are a lot of web hosting providers to choose from, but you’ll need to be careful in who you select next as you do not want to make a habit of

Here’s what you need to look for in a web host:

  • Correct Operating System – It’s important that you stick to the operating system of your current host. If you have a simple HTML website, then it doesn’t matter what operating system the web hosting provider runs.

  • Good Technical Support – Look for a web hosting provider that offers live chat, telephone and e-mail technical support. Most reputable hosting providers have these support options available.

  • Hosting Disk Space – Make sure the hosting provider has ample amount of disk space for the website you’re moving over.

  • Data Transfer – Make sure you have enough data transfer to accommodate your existing website. Check your existing hosting providers statistics to figure this out.

  • Databases – You’re going to want to pay attention to the type of database software you’re using. Generally, MS SQL databases are unique to Windows-based web hosting providers and My SQL databases are unique to Linux-based web hosting providers.

  • Scripting – If you’re using special scripting languages such as PHP, CGI, Perl or ASP, make sure the hosting provider supports them otherwise you may find that your website will not work after all the work that has been done to move.

  • Performance & Reliability – Pick a host that pays attention to performance and reliability. There is no sense in making the effort to move if you’re only going to move again.

  • Scalability – Go with a host that has the option to scale up or down with their services. It’s much easier to move up within a company versus switching providers. Chances are that when you upgrade with the provider you’re with, they’ll provide the migration for free.

  • Free Site Migration – Find a web host that offers free site migration.

  • cPanel/WHM – You should figure out if you’re using a cPanel/WHM web host as this will dramatically ease transferring a website to another cPanel-based web hosting provider. In this guide we will routinely reference cPanel “shortcuts”. So if you are with a hosting provider that is currently using cPanel, you should follow those steps to help you quickly transfer a website.


2) Confirming Domain Ownership

You should be in full control of your domain name and the registrant details that are associated with it. Not having this up to date and in your control can be painful later on. Before moving your website, figure this out and make sure the registrant details are in your name and e-mail.

Once you’ve got the domain name in your control. You need to decide whether or not you want to transfer domain registrars or simply switch the domain name servers (DNS) on the domain name. Here are the differences:

  • Transfer Domain Registrars – This is where you’re switching domain registration providers. All the settings of the domain name itself will remain intact. Your billing and support will change to the new domain registrar. (changing name server)

  • Switching Domain Name Servers – This is where you will be keeping the existing domain registration provider, but you’ll be switching the DNS on the domain name to point to the new hosting provider. (pointing)

If you don’t have any issues with your existing domain registrar, I suggest leaving your domain name and simply pointing the domain name servers to the new hosting provider.

3) Sign up for a Hosting Account

Once you’ve signed up your hosting account has been activated, you will receive a welcome e-mail. This will include crucial information regarding your new account.

and you may see these:

Nameserver 1:ns1.domainname.com (IP address ex 99.198.112.83)

Nameserver 2:ns2.domainname.com (IP address ex 69.175.59.162)

4) Let your new host handle the transfer

The process is now simple. One of your new host staff site technicians will be taking you through the entire process from start to finish, FREE of charge. They will be in constant communication with you to ensure that the transfer of your website is going as smoothly as possible.

Here is the process:

  • Confirm that your control panel login’s are correct and working with your existing hosting provider. The hosting provider that you’re transferring away from.

  • Log into your new Account Manager at http://www.newhost.com/login/ with the login information that you received when you signed up with them. Click domain transfer or migration request different name different host and then follow instruction.

  • Select the type of hosting service that you would like to request the migration for. In most cases this will be a shared hosting account.

  • You’ll need to provide them information about your existing hosting provider such as the name of the host, the control panel URL, FTP Hostname, Account Username/Password and any additional instructions that you may have.

  • Once you’ve submitted the request, one of their site migration specialists will get back to you within 24-48 hours to complete the migration for you.

It is also recommended that you do not change your DNS settings on the domain name until the website files and emails have been uploaded by one of their staffs otherwise your site could face downtime.

5) Test and Confirm

Your new host will let you know that your website has been successfully transferred by them from your existing hosting provider. Unless otherwise specified, this usually means that the hosting portion has only been migrated.

You will still have to:

  • Transfer your Domain – You will need to switch the DNS on your domain name to their name servers, which are ns1.newhost.com and ns2.newhost.com.com.

  • This information is normally located in the welcome e-mail they have sent you. After you have done this, you can request your new host to transfer the domain name registration to them. This part is totally optional. Instructions on how to do this are also found in the welcome e-mail.

  • Test Your Website – Test the functions of your website and ensure that it is working. Also make sure that your e-mail accounts and other features are also working.

  • Wait a week – Keep your old account active for a week or longer. Once you’re certain that everything you need is completely over you can go ahead and cancel your old hosting account.

That’s all there is to transfer a website to another hosting provider. Now that you’ve learned the process of moving a website from one provider to another if you have difficulties in doing so Girlfridayz can support you with this service to ensure that your website is transfer smoothly and successfully contact us or click on link and fill our contact form section other.


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