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Decisions, Decisions

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

As lot of you know, I used to run my own website that featured products for sale. However, due to lack of sales, I decided to just quit doing it. I am looking into future items and products that maybe would sell better. But, it's not as if one can just throw some items on a page and expect them to sell. It's a bit of a maze to work through and lots of things to consider. For example, who to use for your web site hosting? You can't just pick anyone of them available. You have to consider how much you want to spend, what storage space you'll need, what platform you want to run it on, (i.e. NT, UNIX, MAC) and how well it performs based on other users reviews. In my opinion, the top four things one should do when moving a pre-existing web site to a new host would be the following:

  1. You MUST coordinate your switch. You may even end up paying two web hosting companies, but unless you are techno savvy, you have to have your new site up and running before cancelling your old one.

  2. This really should have been number one, but you MUST, MUST, MUST BACK-UP ALL of your data. Even if your new server has a transferring feature, it is always a good idea to save everything to your computers hard drive.

  3. As soon as you are given your new IP address, start uploading all your files to the new IP. This will save a lot of last minute hassle and time. It will make the move a lot easier.

  4. When uploading to your new site, use this time to check for ANY dead links or outdated information. Start with a clean, functioning new site!

So, I hope this has helped in some small way if you are looking to join the exciting and profitable world of e-commerce!