Your site is going to experience a downtime while your DNS
record is being changed and propagated through the world's
servers. It will take about 24-72 hours for the process to
Maintain any existing services set up on your old domain
such as email forwarding, web pointing and website hosting
the transfer is complete to ensure continuity of your
You can check the progress of your domain name transfer by
a Domain Name Search facility such as Whois.net. You
the details change from your previous Host to your New
the transfer is complete.
4. Upload all files to your new
When you are sure your domain name has been transferred,
the files to your new Web Host.
Dreamweaver – define your site first, and then use the
command to transfer all your files and html pages. This
ensure that your whole web will remain intact with the
FrontPage – create a new Web from the site files you
imported from your old host, then publish them to the new
Make sure your new host has Front Page extensions
This process will transfer your complete site to your new
5. Transferring web pages to the
Dreamweaver or FrontPage editors make it very easy to
html web pages. They keep most, if not all your web site
for the transfer (as explained above).
Another way to transfer your web pages is to copy the
code by right clicking on the page as you see it when you
the site and select 'view/source'. It will come up on
Select 'file/save as' and save to a place of your choice
HTML file. To do this, at the bottom of the box just
save it, it will say '.txt'. Change the drop menu to 'all
and then change the '.txt' at the end of the name you're
it as to '.html', then save it. You will then have a
page ready to load to wherever you want. If you have
though, you'll have to save them separately.
6. Amending your web site.
Sometimes your web site may not look exactly the same as
your last Web Host. This is because the html code and/or
did not completely transfer. This may happen more often
the editors. FrontPage will do this more because it uses
extensions for publishing (extra files for easy
Make the necessary design changes to mirror the site you
previously hosted. You may have to eliminate or add some
completely reflect your original site.
7. Testing your web site.
Once the domain name and your web site files have been
you should test that all services are working on the your
(i.e. email services, etc). If it’s working correctly,
go ahead and cancel
all your remaining services with your previous hosting
Transferring your web site to a new Host doesn’t have to
a nerve-racking task, once you know the exact steps to
you can enjoy the savings and services of a new home for
Herman Drost is a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW)
owner and author of iSiteBuild.com
Web Site Design and Low Cost Hosting
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