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I've been with my webhost for almost 4 years and though I'm happy with the service, but I've found another company which offers what I believe to be better bandwidth and storage, I run little site with them already so I know how good they are. I use asp on windows server 2000, mysql database and my company is currently hosted in Canada and I want to move to a company in the UK.
I'm almost scared to move the site for a number of reasons.
Downtime, maybe lost rankings from search engines if they find the domain not available, getting it working on the new platform etc, I can see a lot of headaches.
I wondered is there an easy way to transfer or tips and hints to make sure it goes according to plan
Set up the database. When you are almost ready to move it - change the connection string to the new database.
Copy all the files over to the new server (and make sure the database string is to the new one).
Now change the name servers. This way, everyone who goes to www.example.com will might be going to the old or new site, but they all will be using the same database. The old site might be a bit slow but things will be fine in the next few days