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how to change hosts with no downtime?

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  1. firstnamelastname

    firstnamelastname Junior Member

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    I have a html/css website and I am trying to change hosting.
    right now it's an add-on domain in shared hosting
    I will be moving it to another host, again as an add-on domain

    I am trying to figure out what's the best way of doing this so downtime is minimized.

    do I change dns settings at like 10 pm when traffic is down, then in the morning transfer the files?

    or do I transfer the files first, then do the dns change? or ???
     
  2. rpkrocks

    rpkrocks Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    There are two things you can do: -

    1.make sure the site is good-looking and has beautification signals like logo, custom texts, changing of texts in WHCMS et cetera. It shows that the owner is devoting time in beautification of his website which means that he is serious and hence will care about downtime.

    2.add a dummy site to that server and monitor it using downtime monitoring services, if it's uptime is more than 90% then only go for it.
     
  3. blasterweb

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    Transfer files first to the new server (if you're using Wordpress, you can use Duplicator plugin) and then change the nameservers. Don't make any edits to the site in the propagation time. People visiting your site will either view your website from the old or new host in the process, but they're the same, so it won't matter which one. Once the propagation time is over (use https://www.whatsmydns.net/), you can start editing your website and add new content again :)
     
  4. wizard04

    wizard04 Elite Member

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    Its simple.
    By another host, copy and transfer everything there, set it up as your domain is forwarding there but don't remove anything from the current (old host).

    After this is done, just change the nameservers of your domain to point to your new hosting and for a day or few for complete propagation.

    = downtime 0