The Steps of Moving Web Hosts

Last week, I moved all my websites from 1and1 to my new host, Host  Monster, this is a very long process and will take several days. These steps are generalized steps that would apply to  all hosts not just 1and1 or Host Monster. I will give you this warning now, if you need to have your sites up, wait until it is less crucial because no matter what you do there will invariably be some down time.

Old Host Steps:

  1. Download All Files from your Server using FTP
  2. Export Any Databases you have using the Admin Control Panel
  3. Take Note of Email Address Mail Boxes you want to keep

Domain Options:

Option 1: Transfer Domains (May Take Several Days)
  1. Unlock Domains from the Original host
  2. Transfer Domain to New Host
  3. Enter  Authentication Code
  4. Wait for Transfer to Complete

**Please note that the domains may be down for most of the transfer process removing access to websites and email on those domains***

Option 2: Keep Domains with the Old Host and point their DNS servers to Your New Host (May take up to 24 hours)
  1. Select  Domain
  2. Select DNS Settings
  3. Enter the DNS Sever or Name Server (Find the information from the new host)
  4. Wait for the server to transfer

**Please note that the domains may be down for most of the transfer process removing access to websites and email on those domains***

New Host Steps:

  1. Create FTP Account
  2. Upload files to new server using FTP
  3. Point Domain(s) to the respective folders
  4. Import Databases
  5. Create Email addresses

Clean-up Steps:

  1. Delete old Email addresses from Old Host
  2. Delete files from Server
  3. Delete other data
  4. Cancel Hosting account if your not keeping your domain with your old host

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