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There may be occasions when you need to shift your web-site from one webhost to another.

Shifting of your web-site has to be done with care so that you donot lose visitors or your Search Engine rankings.

You can shift your web-site following these simple steps:

  1. Backup your website pages using your Hosting Control Panel.
  2. Backup your Database. You can take a backup using phpmyadmin or the Hosting Control Panel or the mysqldump command. It is always a good idea to take the backup in two parts - first only the data structure, and then the data content.
  3. Unzip and copy your web-site files to the new host using FTP.
  4. Restore the database at the new host. If the database is large, you can use the bigdump script.
  5. Test the site on the new server by making a temporary change in your Windows Hosts file to point the domain to the new host.
  6. Make changes to the scripts which may be caused due to change of hosting environment.
  7. After the site is tested at the new host, you can point the site to new domain by changing the DNS record at the Registrar.
  8. Donot shutdown your old host immediately. Redirect traffic from the old host by adding a '301 Redirect' line in the .htaccess file.

If you have any special needs of shifting web-sites, please contact us with your requirements.