With a little-advanced planning, moving your domain to a new hosting company is a painless process. The approach outlined here will allow you to move any domain without downtime. Make sure you have backed up all of your files (and directories) correctly.
The basic steps are:
* Set up your new web hosting account: Upload the files to the root directory (e.g. public_html) of the new hosting server. Check the website with the temporary URL. Notice whether all files have been uploaded properly and all links work.
* If needed, transfer your domain
* Change domain's name servers (DNS) of new hosting company server
* Cancel your old hosting account
The first step is to set up a new web hosting account. Pick a host that has the features, support, and cost that fit your budget. Follow their online sign-up process and set up the account.
Make sure you upload all your files to the new site before going on.
Step 1 can be completed in 1-24 hours.
The second step is to transfer your domain to a new registrar. I recommend this step IF your registrar and your hosting provider are the same company.
Step 2 will take 24 hours while the domain registries sort themselves out.
The third step is to change your name servers to the name servers of your new hosting provider. Simply log in to your domain registrar's control panel and update the nameservers to the ones provided to you by your new hosting company. This step will take the longest. If you want to be paranoid about it, wait at least 48 hours before going to the next step. The longer you wait for the better, but 72 hours should be safe enough.
If you want to deluxe web hosting plan, there are some important consideration before you make a choice. Everyone needs different plans according to their budget and requirement so what is a deluxe plan for you might be completely different for someone else.
Reliability: This refers to a percentage of uptime the host guarantees and doesn't accept anything under 99.5% of uptime. What type of safeguards and backup server a hosting company uses because downtime means your site is invisible.
Bandwidth: It is an amount of material that can be downloaded or transferred from your site each month. Inexpensive web hosting packages offer you a lower amount because when your site is new you probably won't need much.
Disk storage space: You may start out with a small web site but when you expand you'll need more disk space. Again some less expensive web hosts will offer you a low amount of space and charge extra when you need more.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol): FTP allows you to transfer files to and from your websites from your computer and is this recommended so you are in total control. One reason free web hosting services are not a good idea is most don't offer FTP. If you consider a web host without FTP you'll be sacrificing price for control over your website.
Advanced Features: Cpwebhosting packages offers you an advanced feature like CGI Scripts, PHP, MySQL, And PERL. You may start off with a basic website but these advanced features will be valuable tools once your web business grows larger. If you don't have the software to build your site, look for a deluxe website hosting plan offering you a website builder. This saves you a from spending additional money on web building software.
Price: While price should always be a consideration, the best value for your money is always better than the cheapest monthly price. Be careful of web hosts charging now monthly fees because many make it up by charging you for additional services.
Guarantee: The complete web hosting Packages should offer a 30 days money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied. At least the best web hosting plans offer this kind of guarantee. There are many more advanced options you can look for in a deluxe website hosting plan but these basic considerations will make you aware of what is offered and make your choice a lot of easier.