10 Helpful Tips to Follow When Switching Web Hosts

You’ve made your decision to move from your website from your current web host to a new web host. The following tips will help you make the transition easier and make you aware of some potential pitfalls to avoid.

1) Make sure the new web hosting plan you’ve chosen offers you the storage capabilities to handle all of your current website storage requirements. If your website is 50MB, you need to make sure your new hosting plan offers that much space, or more. If you’re not sure how much space your website is using, ask your current host. You can also usually find this information on your web hosting control panel.

2) How does your current web host determine what your storage amount is used for? Find out what your current and new host includes in your plan’s storage amount. Are your emails and log files counted towards your total storage, or just your web files?

3) What operating system does your current hosting plan use? Windows or Unix? Sometimes this can make no difference, in other cases it can make the difference between a working website and a broken website. If your site is currently on a Windows server and your website uses ASP scripting, you’ll find it difficult to make things work well on a Unix server, as ASP is a Windows based programming language. Find out ahead of time whether your current hosting plan is on a Unix or Windows server.

4) Does your site currently use FrontPage? Find out if your new host supports FrontPage. And make sure your new host supports the same version of FrontPage you currently use.

5) Find out if your new hosting plan offers you the same amount of bandwidth that your current host offers. You don’t want to be surprised by unexpected overage charges at the end of the month.

6) Does your new web hosting plan give you the same amount of email accounts, autoresponders and mail forwards that you currently use?

7) Does your site use a shopping cart that your current hosting plan provides? Can you move the cart to your new host? If not, does your new host have a suitable shopping cart replacement?

8) If you are using any scripts on your website, make sure that your new hosting plan supports all of your scripts. Find out in advance if you’ll need to make any modifications to your scripts to get them working on the new server.

9) Make sure to set up your existing email accounts on your new server before transferring your domain name to the new server. we see this overlooked quite often.

10) Do you know how to upload your website files to the new server? If you don’t, you’ll need to find out if your new web host will upload your files for you. Some hosts will do this at no charge, some will do it for a fee, yet other hosts won’t do it all because of liability issues.

Once all your files are uploaded to the new server, you’ll want to double check that the site looks and functions properly on the new server. Most hosts can provide a preview link for you to see how your site looks before the domain name is transferred over. If your host does not provide a method for you to preview your site, you can modify your hosts file to preview your site. The host file tells your computer where to go to look for sites that are listed in that file. This works with any version of Windows. The file name is the same, the location can change. Here’s how to modify your hosts file:

The file HOSTS should be in the c:windowssystem32driversetc You might only find a file named HOSTS.SAM (as in SAMPLE). That is OK; we can modify the HOSTS.SAM file as well and do a SAVE AS HOSTS.

In either case, double click on the HOSTS file to open it. You will be prompted by Windows to select an Application (Program) to use to VIEW the file.

Scroll the list and select Notepad. Click the OK button. The NOTEPAD program will now open, displaying the file HOSTS. You will see examples listed (The # symbol is used to comment out line or remarks.), the format is this. IP address (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx SPACE name)

In the Save As Type field, select ALL FILES. (Ensure that no .SAM is shown after the filename HOSTS. Click SAVE. You may be warned that the file already exists; this is fine, click YES.

Close Notepad, by clicking on FILE, slide down to EXIT, and click.

Now when you open your web browser, or try to ping the site, your system will go to the IP address you typed in the HOSTS file.

Remember to undo this when finished testing or your machine will always want to go to that IP address whenever you want to go to that site.

After you’re satisfied that your site looks OK and functions ok, you can go to your registrar (the company where your domain name is registered) and modify the nameservers associated with your domain name to your new web host’s nameservers. If you don’t know your new host’s nameservers, ask them. Most hosts have that information listed somewhere on their website or in the email you first get after signing up for an account.

Once the dns modification is completed it’ll be 24-48 hours before you’ll see your site on the new server.

Most whois utilities will display the nameservers of the current host. Check your domain name and see if the nameservers you added are listed. If so, you have completed the website transfer to your new web host. Only after you’ve confirmed this is it OK to cancel your old web hosting account.

Begin Your Professional Music Production Career With Beat Software

Chances are, if you typed “beat software” into Google a few years ago you wouldn’t find much. Type “beat software” into Google today and there are over 170,000,000 results. Beat production with music software has become immensely popular. Over the last few years the music production software industry has absolutely exploded. Now musicians of all talent levels and experience are using music software to record their tracks.

While beat software is extremely popular within the music industry it is still new enough to where a lot of the public still has a very limited knowledge of it. Music software is basically a full recording studio that downloads onto your computer. The heart and soul of beat software is what is called the sequencer. The sequencer is your workstation, it is where all the sounds and instrumentation is saved. Most sequencers will come loaded with thousands upon thousands of sounds and instruments.

The instrumentation in the sequencer is prerecorded in a real recording studio using real instruments then uploaded into the software. So if you are looking for a certain instrument playing a certain note all you do is just go into the sequencer find that instrument playing the notes you want and place them into your song. This is a hugely rewarding experience as you can make almost any sound, any melody, or any riff using any sound or instrument in your track. It is like having thousands of professional musicians who have mastered hundreds of instruments at your disposal. This allows for unparalleled detail, precision, and creativity in your music. In the unlikely case that you do not find the sound you need for your song already in your sequencer you can always upload your own unique sounds into the sequencer for use in your song.

Another great attribute of beat software is how easy it is to use. Things aren’t the way they used to be, you no longer need years of experience operating sound equipment and recording music to properly operate music composing software. Most software packages have a very user friendly interface which is much more effective than older complicated platforms. This allows the producer to focus purely on their music and not the technical functioning aspect of the software. Almost all music software packages also come complete with comprehensive video training modules and full customer support. This completely eliminates the need for guess work. It allows new producers to learn quickly and efficiently exactly how to operate the software so they can begin recording professional music right away.

Beat software is also responsible for saving modern day musicians thousands and thousands of dollars. Previous to high quality music software musicians had to either own or have access to a complete recording studio if they wanted to produce music. Needless to say this was hugely expensive. Just finding a vacant space and purchasing/renting it out was a massive endeavor. But that is just where the fun started. Once you had a space then you had to fill it with thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of complex sound and recording equipment. Learning how to operate the equipment then became the hurdle to jump, and it is a tall hurdle. Musicians also had the option or renting studio time out from the studio owners, however this was also very expensive. Not only was it expensive but it makes planning and scheduling a nightmare. Once the artists got into the studio they were in a race against the clock to get their tracks recorded. Having to worry about time and money when you are trying to record is not conducive to professional music production.

As I am sure you have already gathered, before the times of beat software music production was quite an ordeal. Not only was it very difficult and time consuming, it was also hugely expensive. Unfortunately, due to the amount or resources it took to enter the music industry many musicians who were otherwise very talented never got to take a shot at professional music production. Money was usually where they fell short, if you did have the resources you didn’t get to record. That is why the music industry is so much larger today. Now, the only thing you must have if you want to produce music professionally is the will to do so. Almost anyone on any budget can afford a professional quality beat software to begin recording with.

Beat software saves you another huge sum of money when it comes time to distribute your music. Back in the day you had to hire an agent, drive all over, and pay large amounts of money to get your music properly distributed. Just travel cost alone would add up to scary amounts. Now, with beat software and online music distribution entities you can shoot your music to thousands of agencies, artists, news publications, and anywhere else you choose as soon as you finish recording your track for free. You can even post them directly online for sale. Many artists now choose to build their own websites for self promotion and post their songs and sample tracks directly on their sites as soon as they finish recording.

Beat software opens up a world of opportunities for musicians of all levels of experience and accomplishment. It is affordable, simple to use, and it is very effective. If you told someone in the music industry five years ago that you were producing broadcast quality tracks on your laptop they would laugh at you. They would laugh even harder if you told them that the software program that you use to create those tracks costs less than it does to go out to dinner. But, thanks to modern technology, and competition in the market professional beat software has become a reality. If you have a passion for music and a desire to begin recording you owe it to yourself to do just that. Professional beat software can be downloaded over the internet within a matter of minutes and you can be well on your way to producing your first track within the hour.