There can be many reasons why you would want to migrate or move to a different hosting provider. But you have to be very careful that no data is lost in the process and the website is not down during migration. That’s when our safe WordPress Migration Service comes in.
How it works
- Website backup
Safety first, before we transfer your website to its new hosting provider we will make a full backup of your WordPress installation including the core, theme, plugin files, and database.
Once we have a complete back up of your website, the next step in the migration process is to transfer your files and database to your new hosting provider.
- Update domain
As soon as we have uploaded your website files and imported your database, we’ll be ready to update your DNS settings to point your domain name to your new hosting provider.
If you are using the same domain name, reconfiguring your website to work with your new hosting provider is a quick affair. However, rebranding to a new domain often involves a little more work!
How much downtime will I experience?
Our aim is to keep downtime to a minimum. Your downtime depends on how long your domain’s DNS needs to propagate. In other words, it is a period of time ISP (Internet service provider) nodes across the world take to update their records with your domain’s new DNS information. This normally takes between 24hrs to 48hrs depending on where you are in the world. We suggest transferring your website when your site is least active. Often, we find that weekends work best for many businesses.
What about my email addresses?
If you created an email address with your old hosting provider you will need up re-create the email address with your new provider. The same applies if you have any email forwarders installed. If you are working with a third party service, you will need to update the respective service settings.
Can I change my domain name?
Yes, we can transfer your site to a new host and configure your WordPress website to work with a new domain.
Can you transfer to any hosting provider?
Yes, as long as the hosting company supports WordPress’s requirements. To double check, we suggest contacting the hosting company before signing up to their services. If you not sure which hosting provider to choose, we recommend Namecheap.com.
What information do you need to get started?
To get started with the migration process, we’ll need your current and new hosting account details. As soon as we have transferred your website files and database, we’ll ask you to update your domain’s DNS.