How to Transfer a Blog from One Host to Another – Switch Blog

Let’s discuss on How to transfer a blog from one hosting to another, which is the most common and important process that we should know as a blogger/website administrator.

First tell me one thing, what could be the biggest asset for a blogger; an excellent host with the best uptime!?

Yes, it is. Excellent hosts with the best uptime like 99%, added with high speed of loading and with no cost.

But do you think it is possible? obviously not. Why because every host will have its own drawbacks and it can’t be flawless always. So, we definitely move our blog from the current host to another.

Transfer a Blog to the New Host

In general, the below reasons that make us move from the current host to the other:

1) When we want to rename (rebrand) our blog

2) When we get a strong authoritative host than the current host and can save your time to reach the traffic in less time.

3) When being hit with algorithmic and spam penalties.

Now, let us move to the part of shifting the blog to a new host.

Switching Blog from one host to Another

It involves the below steps.

Step 1: Purchasing a new hosting plan from a new host

Step 2: Creating a backup for the current blog

Step 3: Uploading backup files to new servers

Step 4: Adding Email to new servers

Step 5: Testing the blog in the new host

Step 6: Tweaking DNS records

How to Transfer a Blog

Let us see in detailed.

Step 1: Purchasing a new hosting plan from a new host

Before going to create an account in the new host, First, look for the services in a new host that would be suitable for your blog.

And the most important thing to do is not to cancel the current account and subscription of your blog till it gets confirmed and completely moved to the new host. Why because canceling the current subscription leads to lose the traffic for your blog.

And creating a new blog is completely different from moving it to another host. So we need to be patient from the initial step till the end.

Step 2: Creating a backup for the current blog

It is the step in which you should pack each and every tiny thing from the current blog to shift over to the new host. And there is no chance to come back and collect it back if you missed to back it up.

As we know, a website/blog does not only include images and HTML files but also uses databases often. So we have to take back up for them separately. And tools are also available in the market to make our task easy.

For example, FileZilla and SmartFTP are the tools for images and HTML file backup.

And there is one application called PHPMyAdmin for database backup.

Step 3: Uploading backup files to new servers

Once done with the backup, move on to the next step to upload the files to the new server from backup.

Uploading the files is a bit different from uploading the database.

Once we signup the new host (server), we ‘ll be getting emails regarding the complete info of the new server which can help us to upload the files.

But a prerequisite for the database is, we need to import a few plugins that make our work easy.

Step 4: Adding Email to new servers

This is one of the most important steps while moving from one host to another. We need to associate our mail with a new server host before turning on the DNS server. Required info will be provided through the mail from the new host.

That info helps us to sign-in the new host. After logging into the host, we need to add all the email id’s which have been using from the old server. Make sure to add every mail id; so that no user would be missed to communicate with us back.

Step 5: Testing the blog in the new host

We have taken the backup and uploaded the images, HTML files, database to the new host and added email to the new server. Now, it’s time to give a trial.

For a trial run, a temporary URL will be provided once all files uploaded to the new host.

Testing with a new URL is to check the performance of a blog in the new host. While testing is going on, it is needed to make sure that no image has broken and no info has lost.

Step 6: Tweaking DNS records

The last step in moving the blog to the new host is updating the DNS records, but before that, we should inform all the users about the change in the host and all the directories tour’s blog’s link.

And we should update all the database strings from the control panel that has been provided by the new host.

If you could remember, we had received a mail from the new host which was containing some info. There we will be finding new DNS name servers info.

We need to copy the new DNS name servers and paste it in the control panel of the new host.

It will take 2 hrs of time for the blog to get moved to the new host. And once it is done, we need to check the blog’s look and feel to ensure everything is working as expected.

That’s it guys, I hope now you have a clear idea on How to Transfer a Blog safe and securely.

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