Hello! I am trying to minimize downtime in a webhost transfer process, but I am not sure how to approach it.
I am on a shared hosting account with WebHostingBuzz.com using the cPanel admin interface. I need to transfer a company's website from their current web host, and in the process, convert it to a new WordPress site. The company needs to have as little down time as absolutely possible.
To accomplish this, I am currently planning on doing the following:
- Install new WP site in folder on shared hosting account which matches up with the cPanel addon domain folder structure (mainaccountdomain.com/newsite).
- Access the new site at the above address while setting it up. Visitor traffic continues going to old website on old server.
- When the new site is ready to go live, change nameservers on domain name to point to new hosting account.
- Create new "addon domain" using cPanel, and make it's home directory the folder that was created in #1.
When working with static HTML pages, this process works perfectly and causes virtually no down time. However, having installed the WordPress site at the temporary directory, what will I have to do to make sure the website functions correctly at the main domain? Do I just need to change the site URL in the settings page? That just seems too easy and I fear running into problems...
Am I approaching this correctly? Please feel free to offer me better advice if not!