I have my site with a reseller; I wish to move it to my own account. He is a Hostgator reseller and I set up a duplicate account of my own on hostgator with the same domain name, login name but different password.
I also uploaded all the wordpress files except the database through filezilla.
I think all I have to do is upload the latest database SQL file and point the URL to the new name server.
What order shall I do this to save my rank on Google? Should I upload the duplicate database, point the URL to the new name server, delete all the files from the old reseller account and then change the privacy setting to open it to the search engines?
Is there anything in the database I have to change because of the new IP address? are there any links that will have to be changed through the search and replace?
What if there is bad blood and he decided to re-upload the site under a different domain name, will that hurt me?
Hostgator uses Cpanel. In Cpanel you can create a backup of your whole account. Then go to your new Hostgator account and restore that backup.
I would check, whether everything runs like it is supposed through a temporary link to your domain folder on the web host before I would switch the domain.
If everything works, login to your domain control panel and change the nameservers, so that they point now to your new Hostgator account.
It may last up to 48 hours for the new nameservers to progagate. Therefore it’s best to let the old account stay like it was for this time.
Yes, it could disturb google if he reuploaded your site under a different domain name. However, as it is your content you own the copyright and can force him legally to take it down.
on: 31st October 11