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What are the points to take into consideration when migrating a blog to another hosting?

Creating a website has become not only simple, but accessible to ordinary people thanks to content management platforms (CMS), services specialized in site creation and the ever more attractive offers from web hosts.

It is not uncommon to see people take accommodation with a provider without doing research on the services offered, the quality of the services, etc. By doing so, these people end up with two possible outcomes:

  • The first is the one where even if the choice was made at random, the person has chosen decent hosting which makes their website work well. At least for the moment.
  • The second choice is when the hosting is not designed to run the website and this begins to be felt and impact the browsing experience.

If you are part of the first batch, everything is fine for now. But you should still read this article and keep the information in it carefully. If you are part of the second batch, read and apply our recommendations to resolve this problem permanently.

What to look for before migrating a website to another host

You’ve learned your lesson and you’re not ready to make the same mistakes again, and here are our recommendations on what to do in terms of research before migrating your website.

  • Know the needs of the site. Each website has its own needs which are generally determined by the type of site, what purpose it will be used for, the number of visitors and who developed it. For example, if you have a blog where you post DIY articles on painting, mechanics, music, etc., the needs of the site will be more or less modest. You will need a basic host in most cases that offers moderately high bandwidth (depending on traffic) and still decent resources. On the other hand, if you have an online store, that changes the situation. You will need fairly high bandwidth, significant system resources, storage space, a dedicated server, etc. Online stores need a lot of resources to function properly, whether online or local, and that is why the dedicated type of hosting is more than recommended for them. You will be able to find hosts online quite easily, but here there are several useful solutions to resolve this type of problem if you think it will be difficult for you to determine the needs of your site and, therefore, choose the right host for this purpose.
  • Look for a host with a good technical sheet. Given that you have problems with the current host, it would be wise to look for another one with a good technical sheet (hardware and software) so as not to fall into the same problem. Be sure to read about bandwidth, processing power, supported CMS, etc. before making your choice.
  • Compare offers. Before launching with a hosting offer, try to find out what the competition is offering. This will prevent you from regretting your decision, because you may come across an excellent offer that offers more services for a slightly higher price.
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What to do before migrating a website to another host

Now that you have found a worthy service provider for your blog, it is time to take action. Here are our recommendations on the steps to take to migrate a blog to another host.

  • Prepare the files. First of all, make a copy of all your files, web pages, databases, etc. on your computer and on removable media (USB key, external hard drive). Make sure to compress the files to facilitate the transfer procedure.
  • Use a migration tool. If you use a CMS for blog management, chances are there is a tool or plugin that will take care of the migration. On WordPress for example, you will find several website or blog migration plugins, and these will do all the necessary steps (saving files, transferring to the new host, recovering files, etc.). So, look in this direction to save yourself from manipulations that may seem arduous.
  • Copy and recover backed up files. If you do not use a CMS, you are obliged to go through a FTP client to transfer all your saved files on the new host. Once the files are on your new space, simply decompress them using a file management tool on your hosting cPanel. It’s a simple operation that won’t take you too much time. Do the same for databases by importing them directly to MySQL or any other database manager.
  • Configure system files. If you have made changes to the hosting system files (.htaccess for example), don’t forget to make these same changes on the new host. Otherwise, your site will not function as before.
  • Install SSL certificates. If you have one or more SSL certificates, it’s time to install them on your new hosting.
  • Carry out tests over several days. Now that you’ve completed the migration, it’s time to do some testing to make sure everything is working properly. Try different web browsers, multiple connections at the same time, use tools to test performance blog, etc. Do whatever comes to mind and above all try to reproduce the scenario where you noticed performance or stability issues.
  • Update DNS for redirection. Once you’ve made sure everything is working, update the DNS services so that they associate your URL with its new IP address (new host). Note that this may take some time to take effect.

Migrating your site, whatever it is, to another host can seem tricky for most people, for fear of ending up with a site that no longer works. But in reality it is a trivial operation, almost identical to that of putting a site online. The trick here is to keep the old hosting, with the site, operational so as not to lose visitors during the migration phase. It is also good to notify Internet users of the migration to a new hosting structure.