You want to change web hosts because you not happy with the services your host is providing. The response time for technical support is too slow. You make the decision to change web hosts. Now you are faced with the daunting task of switching web hosts without losing the files and beautiful design of your web site. How do you achieve this? Here are the steps you need to take:
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How to Transfer Your Web Site to Another Host Without Losing It

You want to change web hosts because you have found a less expensive solution for your web site. You are not happy with the services your host is providing. The response time for technical support is too slow. You make the decision to change web hosts.

Now you are faced with the daunting task of switching web hosts without losing the files and beautiful design of your web site. How do you achieve this? Here are the steps you need to take:

1. Make a complete copy of your web site.

Use your favorite FTP utility (I use SmartFTP.com), to download all files to your computer from your web host. Don't assume you already have all the files on your computer you may have added some scripts from the Net that are on your server but not on your computer.

If you are using Dreamweaver, use the GET command to copy all your files. If you are using Frontpage, use the import feature to make a complete copy of the old web site.

2. Choose your new Web Host.

Choose a new Web Host that meets the needs of your web site www.isitebuild.com/webhostarticle. If you don't know how much space you need, read the article: "How Much Hosting Space Do You Need"?.

3. Transfer your domain name

Contact the domain name registrar (place where you registered your domain name) and change the Domain Name Server (DNS) or Name Server information to your new hosts DNS information. Your site is going to experience a downtime while your DNS record is being changed and propagated through the world's WHOIS servers. It will take about 24-72 hours for the process to be completed.

Maintain any existing services set up on your old domain name such as email forwarding, web pointing and website hosting until the transfer is complete to ensure continuity of your service. You can check the progress of your domain name transfer by using a Domain Name Search facility such as Whois.net. You should see the details change from your previous Host to your New Host when the transfer is complete.

4. Upload all files to your new Web Host.

When you are sure your domain name has been transferred, upload the files to your new Web Host.

Dreamweaver define your site first, and then use the PUT command to transfer all your files and html pages. This will ensure that your whole web will remain intact with the transfer.

FrontPage - create a new Web from the site files you have imported from your old host, then publish them to the new host. Make sure your new host has Front Page extensions installed. This process will transfer your complete site to your new Host.

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