13 Things to do before Breaking up with your Web Host

Things to do before Breaking up with your Web Host

Agreed, it’s a pain in more places than one when you have to migrate from one web host to the other, but when your needs grow and your current host fails to keep up, it’s best to do the dumping as soon as possible. But before you sever all ties, you must protect what’s yours and make sure your site is up and running without a hitch at your new host. Here’s a list of 13 things you must do before you dump your web host:

1. It’s obvious, but has to be said. Find a new web host and make sure that it meets all your needs.

2. Check if you have enough storage space, enough bandwidth to prevent crashes and down times, support for the operating system and applications that run on your server, support for scripts and an adequate number of email accounts and auto responders.


3. The next thing to do is back up everything on your server to a secure location. You don’t want to be left holding an empty tub looking like a fool when you realize you’ve thrown out both the baby and the bathwater. Make sure you get all your email, databases and website files.

4. Upload all your files and databases to the new server and make sure you retain all the file permissions as they were on your old one so that you don’t end up with scripting errors.

5. Get your new web host to test the scripts, contact pages, and databases your website before you make the necessary DNS change.

6. Before you update your DNS to point browsers to the new location of your site, you need to plan for the downtime that results from this procedure. DNS updates take up to 48 hours to spread to all DNS servers on the Internet.

7. Let your customers and website visitors know of this planned upgrade. Make the move when your servers are expected to be the least busy.

8. To reduce down time as much as possible, make DNS changes before you move the domain. Before you do this though, check to see if your mail server is running on the new host so that you don’t lose any email messages.

9. If your domain name was registered using a third party domain name registration company, you need to check if your domain name is a part of your old hosting plan. If it is, you must separate the two, since moving your site to a new web host means that your domain name company remains the same while your web host changes.

10. If your site is dynamic, DNS update delays can cause havoc if you’re not careful. Some customers may see your old site while others have access to the new one. To minimize such occurrences, close down your old site with an alert so that it becomes static while the move to the new one is being made. You could also use a synchronization tool to get changes made on the old site mirrored on the new one.

11. Check for incompatibility issues between applications on your old server and your new one.

12. If you have more than one domain to migrate, make sure you start the process with enough time to spare for the DNS update delays.

13. Make sure all the visitors to your old site are being redirected to your new site before cancelling your current web host. It’s best to keep both sites up and running in parallel for at least two weeks before saying goodbye to your old hosts.

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An Overview of Cloud Hosting for the Hotel Industry

Cloud hosting is everywhere these days. It is the newest form of web hosting that all industries are attempting to utilize. It is faster and much more efficient than traditional hosting types because of shared resources across many servers. A recent survey revealed that 68 percent of global corporations are planning to adopt a cloud strategy in the near future.


Modern Technological Influence

The issue with cloud hosting is that it is such a new technology, organizations are not sure of how much they should rely on it and are not fully aware of all aspects of the hosting type. In the modern generation of hardware, hardware purchases are much less of an issue than in the past. However, payments to web hosting providers will never end. Therefore, a growing trend amongst large hotel chains is to move to cloud-based hosting.

Advantages of Cloud Hosting

There are many advantages to cloud hosting that hotel chains could benefit from including, lower startup costs, little equipment to purchase, less staff needed for maintenance, no need for future hardware upgrades and increased productivity as a result of streamlined automation of mundane tasks. Furthermore, the fixed-cost advantage does not require the business to purchase any software or subsequent upgrades.

Disadvantages of Cloud Hosting

With all benefits there are several limitations to implementing cloud hosting for a hotel. The greatest hindrance at this juncture in cloud hosting’s short life is security. The system and software is not completely perfected resulting in security exploitations. However, it is improving with new methods of searching for viruses and holes in security coverage throughout entire networks and systems.

Another downside is that monthly hosting costs are never-ending and as bandwidth usage increases so does monthly cost. Additionally, hotel websites would still be subjected to hacker attacks and other outages. Furthermore, occasionally there are poor points of performance and the hotel will lose control of what occurs at the data center. Finally, human capital could be lacking since exploring the next information technology breakthrough requires dedication and technical astuteness.

With so much sensitive guest information within hotel databases, it may not be the correct time to switch to cloud hosting. However, once the security holes are patched and other security exploitations eradicated, hotels, banks and other businesses that maintain customer information will certainly switch due to the many advantages cloud hosting provides.

 

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