We always plan and test every single aspect of the migration process to ensure the smooth operation of your business
When moving your website to another host, you need to go through the following steps:
Website migration: the only guide you’ll ever need! Moving your website from your old to your new hosting does not have to be complicated and stressful. Our team is here to help you during the entire process with no additional fees or extra charges. We can assist you, as long as your old hosting uses DirectAdmin or cPanel control panel. Our website transferring process is clear and fast thanks to the importing and synchronizing technologies we use.
The professional CooliceHost’s team has elaborated and implemented a strict protocol for migrating websites and applications, and we always follow it, as it has proved itself to be a well-working solution.
“A migration of a website” is a term used to describe any major change in the settings of the site, which is usually done to improve the performance, usability or avaibility. Such changes could be made in the domain name, the URLs, the hosting platform or the design.
The migration is a necessary part in every business development, no matter if your web hosting is not meeting your websites’ needs or you want to have better performance for your money. Our team is proud to be able to guarantee that you will face no difficulties during the entire process.
There are different types of migrations, but the main bullets in the planning and the problem solving are similar. It can really cause you some headaches, if you haven’t made your preparations properly. Nevertheless, stay positive even if something goes wrong – in most cases you can roll back and fix the problem.
First, you need to decide what you are going to change and who is going to change it. Then, you must have a plan and a possibility to track the changes – you should be able to contact the team, that is taking part in it and to know what the individual tasks and deadlines are. This is where you could find our team’s services particularly useful, as we are here to help you in every step.
While preparing the Plan A, don’t forget to also have a Plan B in mind. You want to have one, in case anything goes wrong. So, making a backup with the latest changes of your website and be ready to switch quickly from the current hosting provider to the new one is a good start.
CooliceHost, has automated some steps of the process, in order to waste no time during the website transfer.
Transferring the files to the new host
We recommend using the FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to transfer your data, as we like to keep the process clear and short. First, you should log into your current hosting account and download all your website data to your personal computer. Then, you go to your new hosting account’s main folder and upload the files. Usually, the folder’s name is “www”, “httpdocs”, “public_html” or similar.
Please check this FTP guide, if you have troubles in how to use FTP.
Transferring the website’s databases
Usually, the database content must be exported from your current hosting account into an SQL file. Next, the data should be imported into a new database at your new hosting company.
Please read our guide, if you are interested in how to import/export databases via phpMyAdmin.
Application setup on the new host
Making the setup of your app could be a bit tricky, as it mostly depends on the characteristics of the application itself (reconfigure WordPress, reconfigure Joomla, reconfigure Drupal, reconfigure SMF, reconfigure phpBB2, reconfigure Opencart, reconfigure Prestashop, reconfigure Magento, etc.). That is why our professional team is here to assist you, in case you need any help.
Skip some steps with our import
You could always choose the second website migration scenario with our expert help:
And now we a ready for the final step!
NOTE: CooliceHost technical team will assist you with your migration ONLY if the process could be done by our software - cPanel to DirectAdmin, or DirectAdmin to DirectAdmin. In any other cases we reserve the right to refuse an assistance.
Now that the entire data is moved or/and imported in your new hosting account, our team makes sure to have checked if it is all functioning the way it should. Once we have changed the IP address in our host file, we always listen to that new IP (xxx.xx.xxx.xxx www.website.com). Thus, we can find errors or/and missing information, if any. The next step is checking the size of the database, the number of e-mails, and in case any discrepancy emerges we synchronize once again.
How to test our website with the hosts file before changing DNSs
The DNS changes
The next thing you must do is to alter the nameservers for your domain name to lead to your new host. In order to do this, you should go to your domain register. When you place an order and you pay for the hosting plan you have chosen, you will receive an e-mail with additional information on how to find your CooliceHost DNS records.
Setup the Third-party services
Congratulations! Now you see your website on your new hosting and now you need to do just one last thing, in case you use Third-party services like APIs, CDN (CloudFlare), SSL Certificate (Lets' Encrypt for example), Chats, Social & Marketing protforms, etc. – to setup everything necessary to see your website completely functional.