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Have you ever changed hosting providers? Did the change go smoothly or were there issues?
I am about to change my hosting provider and I am concerned that they will give me trouble. I used to be really happy with my provider, I've used them for 6 years, but over the last year their service has gone downhill and I don't trust them not to mess this up
Depending on who your web host is and if they at all maintain your website, you shouldn't have any problems moving your website to another. The main thing you should make sure you look into is when your service is up with the web host. It could cause issue regarding your domain.
The problem is that my hosting company also supplied the domain name. They actually took over the company I originally purchased it from and I am worried they won't change the pointers on the domain. I cannot change domain providers because when they took over the company they transfered all contact details for the domain to their own address and email address so they do not pass on correspondance about changing the domain owner. The downturn of the company has only happened in the last couple of years
They can't keep your domain as long as you pay for it. You might lose any emails you have on their server, but the domain name is yours. You will need to get a transfer key and have them unlock it in order to transfer you domain. But it is best you figure out who you are going to transfer to. And if they give you a hard time I would report them to the BBB.
Assuming everything's all paid up, they should be able to switch the contact info for the domain from them to you. (Who shows up if you WHOIS?) -- if it's THEIR info on it when you switch, they can withhold it.. if it's YOURS, all correspondence will go to you and then they can't mess with you.
If you're switching webhosts, get comfy in your new digs before cancelling the old.