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I have a client who has hosted his site with the company who designed his website for him but now he wants to change the hosting server.. I mean he wants to host his site with some other company..
My question on this is that the website already has PR4 so will this change affect his PR or what affects it will have on its SE rankings...
Or will it have any negative impact on his website from seo point..
Anybody please advice..
If the hosting has expired or up for renew, what most do is upload all files to the new host so it's ready to go, then change the named servers of the new host (DNS)if they have full control of the domain ther shouldn't be any probs,
Unless the new hosting company is flagged as dodgy because it hosts a lot of penalized sites, which is unlikely, it shouldn't be any problem at all as long as you do the change properly. Make sure there's an overlap on the two servers, so the DNS change has time to go through. A few days should do it, but allow for a few weeks just in case. (I'm not an expert on this, but I've moved my main site through 4 different companies over the last few years, with no problems whatsoever.)
Thank you so much for your time and comments...That was so helpful.
Yes I was also thinking it wouldn't have any effect on ranking and PR as the domain name will remain same..
The hosting company here is also running a portal of its own and it has given a link to my site from that. So I presume if I change the host server it would remove that link and my PR will be affected..
Also there is one problem they have full right of my server... they created the files uploaded it... Everything they did for my site to from scratch to making it online.. Now I want to know if I change the host how can I secure my files, how will I be able to stop them from accessing my files?
Also will it matter if they host my site on some other domain after I end the contract for their benefit?
I have so much to learn from you guys please help?
If You contact them , ask about the rights over your site, the contract with them and the agreement of your site, also who owns your domain? the admin& contact details. until you have resolved the above you can start moving your site, Sticky us if you need more help
Thanks a lot for your kind support.. Yes I am talking to the company to give me the rights of my website so that I can manage it own my own...
In case if they won't I have to take legal action against them..
Anyway could any one let me know if they remove my link from their portal will my PR go down...
Thanks again guys
My site was doing fine, until a user couldn't upload a photo, then another couldn't access the forum, then another couldn't..
It came down to 3 main problems
1. New server was using an older version of Linux (4.0, not 4.2 or something)
2. Root directory thingy was different, on old host is was:
new host was
Screwed up all the scripts, membership thingy etc.
Third problem was the core software was only licensed to one domain and even though the domain was the same it deliberately didn't allow changing ROOT directories via the back-end interface, until I spoke to their support peeps who did it for me.
Nevertheless it was a great day when it finally worked and I got away from the hideous old host.
Cheap as chips but wasted a year of my site and drove away my members with frequent downtime.
Oh and check the control panel, old host has Cpanel but new host didn't accept Cpanel backups.