How To Switch Website Hosting Providers
- Part IV
Step 8: Cancel Old Host
Now that you have successfully made the move, it is
time to cancel your old account. We recommend keeping your
account at least one week after the DNS change. If money is
not a factor, then you may want to keep the old site for up to 2
weeks. (some servers around the world will take more than the standard
24-76 hours to propagate).
Step 9: Check Scripts
Once the DNS changes take effect and your site name
is now showing your current site, it might be time to check your
scripts again. It is possible that your scripts worked on
the new host only because they pointed to your old site.
If you had to change your scripts temporarily to point
at the IP # rather than the site name, this is your chance to change
Step 10: Check Links
It is always a good idea to run a link checker after
the move is complete. If you made temporary link changes,
including links that point to the IP address or relative links that
you would prefer to be absolute links, then you will want to make
the appropriate changes. Besides internal links, you may need
to check external sites linking in.
If you changed your domain name or didn't have one,
you will want to notify any site linking to you. The best
way to discover these sites is to look are your referrer log files
and stats or do a reverse link check in google or alltheweb (these
two search engines are considered the most comprehensive).
Contact any of these sites to make sure they point to
your new site. Unfortunately, some site operators are either
lazy or run a stale site, so you can be sure that not all referrers
will make the change.
Pay close attention to your stats or log files and look
for any errors and how they occurred. Your users may also
email you if they have any problems with the site.
Congratulations! You successfully moved your site
to Brandblast. With our reliability and prompt and courteous
support, you can now relax and see why the pros choose Brandblast.