There are several technologies available these days which make the migration process of your website from one host to another exceedingly easy. However, regardless how expedited the migration process is, the users may still experience some downtime during the course of the transfer. Depending upon the actual process and technology incorporated for the website migration, the users may experience a downtime which may be as short as a few hours and as long as a few days. However, whether you are using a website migration service or doing the transfer on your own, there are some interestingly amazing tips that can help you either completely avoid the downtime or minimize it.
Do Not Cancel Your Existing Host until the Transfer is Complete
A very common mistake the website owners or the administrators make is that even before the transfer process is complete they contact their existing service provider and get their hosting cancelled. It is indeed a very good idea to inform your old host about the changes your planning in the timely manner, but if you initiate the cancellation request even before the transfer is complete, you will not only experience the downtime, you may also lose the files and data. The best idea would be to hold the cancellation for a few days (or perhaps a couple of weeks) even when the transfer has been completed, and the website has been migrated. This will give you the opportunity to identify if any mistakes were made and whether anything was overlooked.
Download Your Backup Files
The best way to ensure that the migration goes smooth and there are no problems (or minimum) afterwards, it is necessary for both the web hosting to have the same administration technology. Usually, you will see that there is a choice between PleskPanel and cPanel. The alignment of the technology is the most convenient way to make sure that all the data is properly backed up and downloaded.
The Transfer Process
Once you have paid the fee for webhosting, you will receive and email from the service provider with the technical details. You will also be given the details of your cPanel interface and the FTP login. You can use these services even before the change process has completed. If you are not sure how the migration process works, it is best to take the help of the experts. There are companies which have the expertise in the website migration and transfer.
Another important aspect of the migration is to ensure that the data is working properly after the transfer has been completed. Remember that the files related to the database backup do not contain the username and password details. They also do not have the permission details related to the database. Therefore, you will need to provide this information separately through the cPanel. To ensure smooth operation of the software after the completion of the transfer, add the necessary username, passwords and the permissions beforehand. You can also log in to the FTP site to make all the important edits to the system files.