It’s not something that a lot of people think about. However, about 10 years ago when an author who was hosting websites for people went AWOL, many authors lost their sites. They were out of luck, because they didn’t think about what would happen if they needed to change hosting.
I’m hearing other stories of authors having a difficult time moving domains and sites from other people holding them. So I figure it’s time to revisit this topic.
If you think that this doesn’t apply to you because you’re with WordPress.com, Wix, or Weebly, you’re wrong.
Think of knowing how to transfer your website, your “out”, as one of those disaster drills you should do twice a year or so. Hopefully you’llIt doesn't matter where your website is hosted. You should always make sure you know how to get out. Click To Tweet
Let’s stop for a moment and play a game. Do you know where your domain is registered? When it’s due to be renewed? And how to change settings for it?
Your domain is the front door to your website. If you don’t know how to work the front door, then your website will be hampered. You might say, “well, I bought the domain through my host.” If that’s a private individual/small business, you need to know this information. If you bought it from a company, say when you upgraded your WordPress.com site, then what happens if you outgrow their platform and need to move?You should always have full administrative control over your domain name. Click To Tweet
Next is the site itself. Do you have full administrative control to export your site contents and import them to a new platform? Do you have cpanel access to set up emails and make changes and even grab entire backups?
These things are just as important. There are many reputable companies out there, even ones run by one or two people; however, you don’t ever want to leave such information to chance.
If you had to move your site tomorrow, do you know when/how? Do you have an “out” if your current hosting no longer meets your needs?
My Author Home provides cpanel access and full administrative access to our hosted customers. Our free website customers can use the built-in backup plugin to export/backup their entire site. Any domains we register are done so with a reputable, national (international actually) company, and it is suggested you take full control of your domain, but can add us as an administrator if you’d like us to handle settings changes, etc.