Moving your site to another hosting company can be pretty intimidating. After all, you don’t know how the transfer could affect your files. This transition seems more daunting when you run an e-commerce site. Some people who experience the same dilemma simply stay with their current hosting provider.

If staying is not an option for you, luckily there are tricks to make migrating your online store go smoothly. Here are some of them:

Back up all your data.

When migrating an online store using Cart2Cart, this service usually just copies all your data. However, you can never be too sure what happens to them during the transfer. It always helps to have your own backup. This way you could use your copies in case any one of your files in the database gets corrupted.

Switch the Redirect setting

Transferring to a new hosting provider seems a lot like setting up a new site. This is because a lot of your Google and social media performance is reset. In order to generate almost the same traffic and user activity, one trick you can use is to set redirects. This way, when visitors type in your web site, they would be redirected to your new IP without a hitch.

Turn on Maintenance Mode

In order to make sure the transfer goes smoothly, enable maintenance mode. By doing this, you can ensure that nothing disrupts the data transfer. Setting your site to maintenance mode also generates a notification page so that visitors know the current status of the site. You may not generate traffic, but this ensures that you can proceed with the transfer without any disruptions from end users.

Now, let’s move on to the actual transfer. Regardless of whether you used Shopify or Etsy, when you transfer with us, you’ll have to do it manually. This is because we use a customized e-commerce and shopping cart software. Here’s a guide on how to get started with our eShop. If you also need assistance transferring your site, you can also ask for help from our customer representatives so that this transition goes smoothly. What matters is your online store is up and running after you make the move.