Believe it or not, moving an old website can be as easy as moving furniture, however, most new sites have ties to their host. This is one reason you want to be particular about which host you chose. When a site is all content, images, and Flash with no forms, it should be easy to move, but it also can depend on how it was built. If the file extension is .html or htm, it could be as easy as downloading the site via FTP(File Transfer Protocol) to your computer and uploading the site to the new host via FTP. Below are a few items to consider when attempting to move a website:
- If your extension is .asp and you move it to a server that supports php, the site will not work properly and vica versa.
- If you have databases, they will have to be downloaded separately and recreated on the new host.
- If your site is created on a template that belongs to the host, it may mean you can not move your site at all. You will have to copy and paste all content to another template or create a real website.
- If it is a template like Wordpress that was uploaded to your host, you will need to download it via FTP and upload it to the new host via FTP. Also, do a dump of the database and upload that to the database area.