When you find that your website is loading very slowly, it may be seen as a sign that you need to move away from shared hosting. You can upgrade to VPS hosting which offers nearly all features of dedicated hosting minus the high costs. Other signs that you may need more resources than what shared hosting plans can offer you are when you find that your existing plans cannot support specialized software which you need to run. The need for higher security and better technical supports may also be grounds for transition to VPS hosting. Finally, when you start to get the 509 bandwidth error for time to time, you may need to consider VPS hosting solutions. This is when you will need to follow these steps to ensure a smooth transition from shared hosting to VPS hosting.
Key steps for transition to VPS hosting:
1. It may be a good idea to transfer the domain name to new domain registrar. This is because many businesses go through problems with domain name transfer. This is a wise move in case you may need to change your web host; else it is optional. You will have to wait for two months after the registration or the transfer. You are however allowed to get in touch with registrar you prefer. This registrar will then have to provide you with a form for Initial Authorization for Registrar Transfer. You may also conduct a Whois search to identify your registrar.
2. In the following step, you will need to export the website database, downloading the files. Regardless of whether you run Joomla or WordPress or any other CMS, this database export is necessary. When your website runs Plesk or cPanel or other control panels, you may conduct simple backups using the backup wizards. For instance, with cPanel you are able to back up the whole site and download backup files. You can then upload these files to your new virtual server. Shared hosting clients can benefit from tools like the Backup Wizard from cPanel. For manual database export, you must follow some other steps. You need to log in to your control panel to navigate to phpMyAdmin. Here, you will need to choose the database containing your site and check the configuration file when you are unsure about the name. You have to then click on the “Export” button to get the .SQL file containing the necessary data. When you have to download site files with plug-ins and themes, you can use FTP clients such as Filezilla that can be downloaded for free. You have to open this and go to the “File” menu to get “Site Manager” followed by “New Site”. You have to then type in the site name, domain name and select the protocol option. You must choose “Normal” for Logon Type and enter the cPanel username and password. With this, you choose the “Connect” option for file transfer. You can move files from the Remote Site to the Local Site.
3. In this step, you will upload the files and import databases to the new virtual servers. To do this, you must log into the control panel and open the phpMyAdmin. After this, you must click on options “New Database” followed by “Import”. You need to identify the .SQL file exported before and then choose the option “Go”. For uploading site files from local desktops, you can open Filezilla and double-click on files in Local Site.
4. After this step, you need to reach out to the DNS provider for changing values assigned to “A” record or the IP address to point to the new server. You can simply send an email to your registrar to get this done.
These steps guide you through a hassle-free process of migration from shared hosting to VPS hosting.
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