How do I move my site from my old host to your servers?

Transferring your account to us can be an easy process with zero downtime if done properly. To do so you only need a little preparation and allow for about 3-4 days overlap between the two hosts. Your primary concern is having control of your domain names. This is paramount as you will need to be able to change the nameservers for the domain name.


Summary:

1. Purchase your new hosting account with Hard Shell Hosting.

2. With your login information for your new account, access your hosting space with the temporary IP address link provided in your welcome email. Upload your web content to the new server and configure any email addresses you use/need.

3. Once the new server is tested and functions as needed via the temporary IP address access sent in your welcome email, log in to your domain name registrar interface and update the DNS nameservers to the provided Hard Shell Hosting name servers. These should have also been provided with your welcome information.

3a. (optional) If you use a high traffic, database driven site, it is wise to setup remote access to the database on your old web hosting server during the DNS propagation process. This ensures that your database stays in sync and up to date all on one server.

4. Continue to check email on both the old and new hosting servers via IP address to ensure that no communications are lost during the DNS propagation.

5. After about 72 hours DNS propagation should be complete and if all testing shows your new account is fully functional at Hard Shell Hosting, you can close the old hosting account.

5a. (optional) If you chose to use remote access listed in step 3a you will need to shutdown your site using a temporary webpage or to let your users know there is some work in progross for a moment. Transfer your database from the old server, set your connection script to use the "local” database, and turn your site back on.


Following the above steps will prevent any downtime for your site and allow you to ensure that neither emails nor database updates are lost in the transfer process.

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