How to switch web hosting or domain hosting providers

Tired of your web hosting provider? Do you feel like you're not quite getting the service you wanted or expected? Did you sign on for domain hosting, only to find your site is down for the count more than it is up and running?

There are any number of reasons you may decide to leave your web hosting service. Especially if you're in a business hosting or e-commerce hosting situation, sticking around with a poor host can cost you money and customers. Not exactly what you want. A domain hosting or web hosting service should be a business partner - not a liability.

If you have a specific issue with your web hosting provider, do take time to find out the cause behind it. Is your website down because of a programming error on your part? Are you getting more traffic than you thought? By doing some preliminary investigation on your part, you'll soon find out whether you need new web hosting - and, if you do, the key factors you should look for in a new web host (such an more disk space or bandwidth, for example).

While it is not terribly difficult to change domain hosting services - and you should be able to do so without any site downtime - it is a small expense and takes a bit of time. Do some research, read web hosting reviews, and think carefully about what you want your new web hosting service to provide.


Once you've made your choice, here are some steps and tips about changing web hosting or domain hosting services with minimal hassle.

  1. Back up all your files from your current web hosting service on your hard drive or on an external hard drive. Remember, these are your files to keep, no matter which host you sign on with.
  2. Create a new hosting account with the hosting service you've chosen. Maybe you've decided to go with unlimited hosting, or the additional space and control offered by dedicated hosting or VPS hosting. Whatever the case, once you've scoured the hosting reviews and made your choice, you're off and running.
  3. Transfer your files to your new web hosting server. Set up your email accounts.
  4. If your hosting service doesn't do this for you, you will have to contact your domain registrar and have the DNS point to your new servers. It may take a few minutes or a couple of days for the domain hosting to be finally reset.
  5. Test out your new site, add whatever new features you'd like, and let it run for a few days. Once you are content your new web hosting provider or domain hosting service is good to go, cancel your old hosting provider account and delete all your old files.

And you're done! Make sure you consult web hosting reviews for your particular needs and always ensure you get the service you deserve.

To start, check out our Top 10 Overall Web Hosting companies and out Top 10 Domain Hosting companies.

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