How To Switch Website Hosting Providers
- Part II
Step 4: Setup New Host
Congratulations, by now you should have received your
new Brandblast account information and are ready to start setting
You should be given an IP address, a login & password,
name server information (primary and secondary) and links to your
control panel. You will also want to change your password
because your initial password for security purposes. Make copies
of this information and put it in a safe place. If you plan
on using frontpage,
the password must
be changed in both your control panel and in frontpage.
You should be able to connect to your new site right
away via your temporary address provided in your welcome email.
Try connecting to your site with your ftp program or web editing
software and create and upload a temporary index.html (or appropriate
variation) page. Then type the temporary address into your
browser and make sure your new page shows up.
Now you are ready to upload your files. Upload
all your files and be sure to use your current directory structure.
Don't overwrite or delete any important
files your new host provided you with - this may result in contacting
technical support to reinstall those files.
If you use permissions on any of your folders, be sure
to make those changes. CGI scripts go into the cgi-bin directory.
Step 5: Test, Test, and Test
Testing your site before flipping the DNS switch is
very important. Customers can't see the new site yet, so now
is your chance to work out all the bugs.
If your site links use relative paths, you should be
able to view the newly uploaded site in your browser. If you
use absolute paths, then it will end up clicking over to your new
host, so you will either need to switch to relative paths or you
can type in the correct page name in order to view it.
Check all your pages to see if they mirror what is on your old
host. Make sure all the pages exist and the links point to
the right places.
Carefully test all of your forms and check all of your
scripts (many scripts will require editing). Make sure you
don't have extra code from your previous host (especially if they
were running the advertising on your site) - you will want to remove
this code if it exists.
We recommend using a link checker after you do all the
manual testing. Good link checkers will let you know of possible
broken links and should help you fix them. You will want to
run your link checker again after switching hosts.