You’re thinking about buying a new website but already you’re being hit with technical questions and getting emails from people asking for logins and access and God knows what. It’s enough to make you think you’d be better off sticking with your old site.
Luckily, most requirements of a new website sound a lot more technical than they are. Switching host providers can make your site faster and safer, and keep money in your pocket if you find a better deal. With Tradie Digital it’s easy to switch hosts, and here’s how we do it.
As a tradie there’s a good chance you’ve got a website already.
Maybe you made it yourself, maybe you paid a bloke from Nepal to make it on Fiverr, maybe your neighbour told you his son was a computer whiz and he built it for you.
Wherever your site came from, there’s an equally good chance it hasn’t been built with the SEO-friendly features it needs to rank on Google and generate leads for you.
But that’s not a problem. Because you can keep your URL – that’s the name of your website and the address people use to find you – and just switch out your current site for a custom SEO-friendly website.
The same way you can send your 1990 Holden Commodore to the scrapyard, but keep your license plates and put them on a new model so people still recognise you when you drive down the street.
If you want to get started with a custom, SEO-friendly website you might need to switch hosting providers, and there are two ways for you to do that.
In this article we’ll explain why you need a website host, go through the two methods of switching website hosts, and leave you with the simple steps to take if you’re ready to upgrade your website.
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“What is web hosting? Is that different from my website?”
Most people don’t think about the back-end of a website.
They go to Google and punch in their search terms and a few seconds later they’re shopping online or checking out a local home improvement business.
But websites don’t just “exist”. They need to live on special computers called ‘servers’. The biggest servers in the world host millions of websites on thousands of individual servers, so there’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
To save you the hassle of organising your website and handling the complicated back-end tasks and technical set-up, web hosting companies – think GoDaddy and SiteGround – have bought the biggest and fastest servers going around. All you have to do is pay your chosen website hosting company and *boom* your website will be live and accessible by potential clients.
“Why would I waste time changing hosts if no one can even see them?”
Like any service you pay for, you might want to make a change if you’re getting a raw deal.
If your internet was slow every night while the kids were playing games online, you’d look at a faster telco. And if your website is so slow it pisses people off, you might look at a faster website host. Outside of speed, switching hosts is typically done to get more security (and avoid hackers), or to pay less money as different hosts offer deals and discounts.
Now that you understand what’s happening behind the scenes, here are two insanely simple ways for you to transfer website hosting if you invest in a custom Tradie Digital website.
Option #1 – You get in touch with your current host and take care of everything
You’re curious about launching your own custom website, so you might be curious about transferring your website host too.
If you go with this option we’ll still be taking care of the technical side of your website migration, so you don’t have to worry about downloading files, or changing your Domain Name Service (DNS), or anything in that overly technical and boring world.
But we will need TWO crucial pieces of info from your current host:
· Your WordPress logins · Cpanel access
Once we have this info we’ll be able to move your website from your old host to your new host without losing your pages, content, images, URL or any of the good stuff that people recognise as your brand.
If you want to be involved in the process we’ll send you an email that’s pre-written and includes all the requests for info we need from your current website host. All you have to do is forward that email to your provider and request the info yourself.
Once you have the log-in details just let us know and we’ll take care of the migration so your existing branding and URL jumps across to your new, custom, SEO-friendly website without any downtime.
Option #2 – We get in touch with your current host and take care of everything
Let’s be honest, time isn’t always your friend as a tradesperson.
Between sending out quotes, following up with leads, and actually getting on the tools, you might not want to get into a back-and-forth email correspondence with a website host support worker in Bangladesh.
At Tradie Digital we understand that your time could always be spent in more useful ways – whether that’s at work or at home. So if you don’t want to invest the time to reach out to your current website host we’ll do it on your behalf (this is the even easier option).
All we’ll need from you is:
· The contact details of your current website host
Once we know who to contact we’ll reach out on your behalf and take the process off your hands. Instead of you having to chase up individual logins and passwords, we’ll handle the transition from your old host to your new host.
This option is quick, easy, and keeps you focused on your business.
“Is creating a new website going to be an endless stream of technical requests like this? I honestly don’t want the headache”
If switching from your current website to a new one feels overly complex, we hear you.
Like any building process, the planning stage is always more thorough and detailed than what comes next.
If you’re building a new house, the design stage is going to be intricate and complex, the build site will follow a more streamlined process, and once the house is built you can kick back on the couch and there’s next to no stress at all.
Building a website is the same.
The design stage is going to be intricate and complex, the build will follow a more streamlined process, and once the site is built you can kick back on the couch while the leads roll in and your inbox fills with quote requests and call-outs.
Switching your website host provider can help your site earn more customers and it’s super simple. We only need a couple of login details – so you can ask your current provider for those if you want to stay involved, or we can ask them on your behalf if you’re keen to save time.
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