We all have expectations that could(or not) be met by our web hosts. And sometimes, we just want to try out new companies or new features. What are some of the things that would make you move from one hosting company to another?
“I’m always experiencing email/website errors.”
“My host takes forever to resolve my problem.”
“I just can’t afford the new prices.”
“I want to explore other hosting providers.”
“I want a host with a physical office location near me.”
“My friends recommended this web host. I wanna try them out!”
Well, you may have a convincing reason or no reason at all. Let me point out common mistakes you should avoid when migrating to another web host
1. Rushed migration
Often, clients wait until their services are a few days to expiry to make the decision. This results in handling the migration as quickly as possible to avoid suspension on the other end before they fully migrate. Most people want to exhaust the plan to the last coin – clever -but this could cost them much more. Don’t underestimate the time required to do a successful migration. Remember, file migration and the domain transfer are handled differently. Example, Files could be migrated & restored successfully and some domains could take 7 -10days to be successfully transferred. Give yourself ample time. At least 2weeks to ensure a successful migration.
2. Inadequate preparation
Did you inform your employees that a migration is to take place? Have you determined what time your team or clients are less active to initiate the transfer? Do you have alternate communication modes during the transfer? Have you done manual backups for your website and email files in case something goes amiss? Are you able to communicate with your current host and the new hosting provider? Ensure all those questions are answered to help you with your migration preparations.
3. Lack of consultation with your new host
It’s important for you to check in with the new hosting provider. This is because different hosting providers could be using different software that might be incompatible with what you have. Example, one hosting company could be using a different control panel from the other which might require further technical knowledge on how to go about the transfer. Ask your new host to check and advise on how to proceed with the migration.
4. Not following migration procedure
It is very important that you follow the procedure as provided by the hosting company. This will save you any unnecessary downtime during the migration. Remember, they are likely to have helped with so many migrations and they know how to make the process convenient and impeccable. Patience and following instructions are always crucial.
5. Focusing on the cost more than the resources
Saving is important but is it at the expense of your website’s functionality? It’s important to keenly check the features that come with the price and compare to the resources you require to perfectly host your emails and run your website. Among the key features, check the bandwidth, RAM, disk space, addons, subdomains, email accounts, security features e.t.c.
6. Not performing pre-migration audits – especially for your website.
It is important to audit your website performance and any needed upgrades/updates including those of scripts and plugins. This will give you something to compare with after migration. Without this, you are not able to know if there is any difference and if the migration was a good call. This analysis will also help you identify the kind of features you will need and the best kind of hosting plan to choose.
7. Failing to consult about restrictions
Shared server environments are customized by various hosting companies. It’s always important to gather information from your new host on any restrictions they might have. e.g. Do they allow add-ons? Do they allow certain applications on shared hosting? How many databases do they allow per account? Do they allocate you a control panel?
8.Failing to go through the host’s terms of service
Like every other company, terms of service are mostly accepted through ticking in a dialogue box while signing up. A handful of us don’t bother to read through, we tick the box and proceed with the order. It is important to read out and understand. Ensure you know their terms of backups, account termination, data security, ownership, e.t.c. This prepares you for any eventuality that may arise in the course of your hosting period.
Human is to error, that I agree, but it’s also up to you to avoid the above-mentioned mistakes and any other advised by your host to ensure the process goes smoothly. It might seem easy but this could cost you your data. What would you do if during the process of migration your old host terminated your account before all the backup was done? Data loss can send you years back, from all the hard-earned traffic to the rankings on google and not to mention the cost you would incur rebuilding all that. Be wise!