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Will changing hosts cause any SEO concerns?

Will changing hosts cause any SEO concerns? - answered by Matt Cutts

Matt's answer:

CUTTS: Fernando C. in Spain asks, “We are a pretty big site. We are changing our hosting company in the next few weeks, same country. Should we be scared from an SEO perspective?” Probably, not. Notice that you’re saying you’re changing your hosting company, so your domain name is totally the same. I’m assuming what you mean is that your IP address is going to change and that’s no problem at all. Especially you’ve even mentioned that’s in the same country. So, I would expect no effect whatsoever. I’ve done this, you know, with a bunch of different times where I’ve switched hosting companies, it hasn’t been any kind of a problem. Typically, what you want to do if you are moving to a new IP address, is set your DNS Time To Live, your TTL, to be very low like five minutes because sometimes if that DNS is cached for day then they’ll look up what your IP address and then that’ll be cached for 24 hours and then they’ll go to your old IP address. So, if you set your DNS Time To Live to very short like five minutes and then you can bring up the Website on both locations, switch the DNS to point from the old to the new and then within five minutes or so, you should see everybody clear their cache and start to visit this new page. As soon as Googlebot is visiting the new pages then you know we’ve seen the DNS changed to the new IP address and then you should be in pretty good shape. Even for the people that mistakenly cached DNS for 24 hours and there are some, you know, browsers or places around the Web that do that, usually 24 hours is enough for that to migrate. So, if you can set your Time To Live to be a little short, great. But if not, just keep it–keep your site live on both locations, both IP addresses for 24 hours and you should be in great shape. Most people can switch their IP address and never have any issue whatsoever. So, I wouldn’t be worried from an SEO perspective.

by Matt Cutts - Google's Head of Search Quality Team


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