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How to Transfer Your Hosting Account to a Different Server
How to Transfer Your Hosting Account to a Different Server
When, why and how to transfer your hosting to a different location
Updated over a week ago

The bigger the distance between you and the server where the website is hosted, the longer response time you may expect. Luckily, we do offer a variety of server locations that you can choose from!

Before you proceed, make sure to check the following:

How to Initiate a Server Transfer?

You can select the server location after purchase during setting up your order. If your hosting account is already activated, you can change your server location by navigating to Websites → Manage, search for Plan Details on the sidebar and click on it:

In the Server Details section, click on the edit button:

Then you’ll be asked to select the desired location. You may also see our recommendation on which DC should suit your websites the best, based on your sites' visitors in the past 30 days:

Click Next, double-check the information about the transfer, and press Start - and the transfer will begin 🛫

Keep in mind that you can only transfer your hosting once per month.

Do You Need to Change the Server Location?

When considering server location change, think of these topics:

  • Analyze your target audience: where do you expect the most visits from? Are they far from the server the website is located at? You can see the detailed information on the Aanalytics page

  • If you have visitors all over the world, the better solution for you is a CDN. It works by keeping multiple copies of your website’s data in proxy servers worldwide, thus improving your website speed for visitors, no matter their physical location. This greatly improves SEO and offers additional DDoS protection

  • If the majority of your visitors are coming from a location that is very far from your server location - you do need a server transfer for a better performance

What Happens During the Transfer?

Please be aware of these things before initiating the transfer:

  • Transfers can take up to 4 hours to complete

  • Your hosting IP will be updated - you will receive an email after the transfer is completed indicating the new IP, and you can also check it on hPanel

  • The hPanel will be locked during the transfer to prevent any changes

What to take into consideration?

If you are pointing your domain to Hostinger by A record, you will need to update the IP manually. If your domain is pointed to Hostinger by Nameservers, it will change automatically.

Since this change applies to your domain's DNS records, consider up to 12 hours for propagation to complete. Your website and email might be unavailable during that time!

You will also need to update any FTP connections, APIs, or scripts that have IP specified, making sure to use the new IP.


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