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It is now possible to get equally good services elsewhere for a substantial cost savings so I feel obliged to check this out.
As I understand it, if a site is relocated to a new host it gets a new IP address. Does that have any effect on existing search engine rankings?
Is it a case of having to resubmit and start the rankings climb again or do the search engines only concern themselves with a URL address and don't care that the IP address may change?
Any other considerations that should be taken into account?
Make sure you have the site completely uploaded to the new server before you change however as you'd hate to have googlebot coming by and getting a 404.
Once everyone from northern Canada to Florida to Michigan to Oregon saw the new page, but I couldn't, in California, for several days - the server was in Maryland. I just let it sit on both servers for about a week, to make sure it's changed all along the way.
Last time I moved a site there *were* no rankings, so it was irrelevant. That was before I started lurking and reading at these forums instead of sleeping. ;)
You shouldn't see a thing different with rankings after a move now. Although, I do think it triggers Google bot into a full recrawl of the site at the new ip.
The good news is the big services like AOL update at a predictable time. Every Sunday morning they do a DNS update, and generally perform more throughout the week. Most servers will try to do an update Saturday or Sunday morning when traffic is low, so try to have everything set to transfer your domain late Friday evening after your normal traffic flow slows down. (I get 85% of my traffic from Monday morning to Friday night, so I switched at 1AM Saturday morning and had no problems)
Hope this helps.