How to Change WordPress Hosting Providers (Without Losing Your Data!)

If you’re reading this, I assume that you’re either a WordPress user or user-interested. Perhaps you’ve even built a website using this incredible tool and found yourself wondering about switching hosting providers. Let’s be honest, when it comes to managing your web space, WordPress can be a pain. It’s not uncommon for folks to say that they hate typing in their WordPress admin dashboard. There are definitely ways around this, but it’s usually easier (and less stressful) to find a new host that better suits your needs.

Fortunately, migrating to another provider is a piece of cake with WordPress. Most often, you’ll just need to backup your website and then restore it on a new host. That’s all there is to it! But before you begin this process, there are a few things you should know and consider.

The Biggest WordPress Downtime You’ll Ever Experience

It’s always terrifying when your website goes down. Whether it’s a matter of traffic or sheer volume, having your site unavailable is never a good idea. When this happens, all your efforts – and likely the resources of your company – go to waste. You’ll also experience a significant drop in brand perception as users cannot access your site during this time. To minimize the risk of this happening, make sure that you’re aware of the capabilities and limitations of the hosting plan you choose.

Unexpected Things That Can Happen

When you run a business website, there are bound to be unexpected things that can go wrong. From hardware failures to cyberattacks, it’s only natural for some things to fall outside of your control. When this happens, it’s important to remain calm and collect the data needed to analyze what happened. With a bit of luck, you can minimize the damage and learn from the experience. It’s also essential that you follow any recommendations or instructions provided by the hosting provider. This will help ensure that your data is not lost during any such incident.

The Changing Landscape Of Cloud Hosting

In the past, we looked to dedicated hosting providers for our website needs. This model offers several advantages: you get what you want, when you want it, and there are no unexpected fees or charges. While this may still be viable for certain use cases, the cloud is gaining popularity as a hosting platform. There are numerous advantages to using a cloud hosting provider. First, you can easily scale up or down as needed. Second, there are no delays in billing or support because the service is hosted by a third party. Third, the hosted platform is generally secure because it is run by a reputable provider. Lastly, the cost of cloud hosting is relatively low compared to other models.

Pricing In Advance

One of the biggest pains that consumers experience when shopping for a product or service is inflated prices. It doesn’t matter if you’re purchasing a cup of coffee, a TV, or a car; prices are almost always in the eye of the beholder. As a business owner or operator, you’ll be doing a lot of shopping for web hosting. When comparing pricing, be sure to compare plans based on the resources you need rather than simply looking at the price. You may find that the cheapest shared hosting plan offered is not what you need. Consider the features set, the level of support, and whether or not you’ll be needing premium add-ons (e.g., SSL, Cloudflare, etc.) in order to run your business effectively (or at all).

Shared Versus VPS Web Hosting

Shared web hosting is pretty self-explanatory. You get shared storage, bandwidth, and processing power (i.e., the server is shared with other users). In some instances, shared hosts can be a cheaper option than a VPS (a virtual private server). A VPS is essentially shared hosting with enhanced features. You get your own dedicated IP address (with a VPS) which you can use to securely access your site. You also get a private (or shared) terminal where you can log in and execute commands. In addition, you can install almost any software or library that you need on a VPS. If you own a business, you might choose to go with shared hosting because it’s less expensive than a VPS. However, if you’re simply blogging or have a personal website, you may prefer the privacy and control of a VPS.

Which Type Of Payment Do You Prefer?

Payment types can vary greatly between providers, but most will accept either credit cards or Paypal accounts as forms of payment. If you have a Paypal account, you can use this to purchase hosting. Otherwise, you’ll need to use your credit card. The advantage of Paypal is that you don’t need to have a credit card to make a purchase. Most importantly, though, is that you can set up direct deposits to save you from having to deal with incoming payments (i.e., credit cards). This is one of the more tedious aspects of website maintenance and can be a safety issue if you’re not careful. Having direct deposits saves you from having to give out your personal information (e.g., bank account and routing number). Plus, there’s no need to worry about chargebacks since there are no transactions involving third parties (i.e., the bank).

How To Change WordPress Hosting Providers

Now that you’re equipped with the basics of why you would want to change your WordPress hosting provider and the type of issues you’ll need to be prepared to deal with, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. There are several ways to change WordPress hosting providers, but none of these will cause you to lose your data. If you’re looking to do so, here are some of the best tips and tricks.

Tip #1

The first thing you should do before you begin the change process is back up your website. You can either use a free tool like WordPress Backup or hire an expert to do it for you. Make sure to have a backup just in case something goes wrong. Once you’ve backed up your website, you’re ready to proceed to the next step.

Tip #2

The next step is to check your email account(s) for notifications from your web host. Depending on the type of hosting plan you have, you may receive an email notifying you of a new invoice or an email containing important information regarding your account (e.g., resetting your password). Carefully parse these emails to see what information you can find and use this to determine which hosting provider to go with. The fewer emails you have to deal with, the less stressed out you’ll be when deciding which web host to go with. If you do decide to go with a certain provider after all, be sure to read their documentation thoroughly before beginning use of the service.

Tip #3

Once you’ve switched hosting providers and have begun using the new platform, take some time to get familiar with the differences. Learn what controls you have and how to properly use them. Learning how to use your WordPress dashboard properly can save you a great deal of time and frustration in the long run.

Tip #4

One of the biggest differences between shared and VPS web hosting is speed. While on certain levels, shared hosts are better for the average person or business, VPSes offer faster page loads since they don’t have to share resources with other users. If you’re looking to improve your website’s speed, consider allocating more resources towards this (e.g., upgrading your CPU or RAM). Just remember that if you’re going to allocate more resources, you might as well go all the way and get a VPS.

Tip #5

Keep in mind that every time you switch hosting providers, you’ll have to re-install WordPress. This is mostly a painless process, but it is still a painless process. You’ll need to re-create your website’s design and content, which can take some time. But other than that, the process is rather straightforward. Just make sure that you have a backup in case anything goes wrong.

Hopefully, this article was helpful. If you have more questions about changing WordPress hosting providers, feel free to leave us a comment below! And if you found this article valuable, be sure to check out our guide to the best WordPress hosting providers, which we think you’ll agree is an invaluable tool for anybody looking to start a blog or business website.