While server migration is nothing like as straightforward as many hosting companies would have you believe, it isn’t exactly the most difficult thing in the world, either. Like many things in life, they key sits very much in how you prepare for the event itself. Your overall objective for migration might be to cut your hosting costs, get a better service, or grow your web traffic. During the migration process itself, however, it should be to get it done and see minimal, if any, downtime, meaning that your website’s regular visitors or customers won’t experience any disruption, or even notice any differences at all.
Regardless of your reasons for switching hosting plans, ensure that all of these tips and steps feature in your thinking as you plan your move.
You might be leaving your current hosting provider because their services are substandard, or you have not enjoyed the promised performance levels, but having a professional relationship with them will help to make your server migration easier. Whether it is accessing all of your data or keeping your site active while you migrate, your soon to be former provider is likely to be central to a stress-free migration experience.
Finding a New Host
It is likely that you know what you are looking for in a new host, so we won’t bore you with things such as ‘get an uptime guarantee’ or ‘avoid things that appear too good to be true.’
One thing you should look out for, however, that many don’t, is the assistance that your new company will give you during the migration process. Many hosting companies now take care of the whole process on your behalf, which can be useful if you have been unable to clench your teeth and smile enough to satisfy our advice from earlier.
Take Some Time
Prior to the migration itself, you should look to spend some time getting familiar with your new host provider’s control panel and content management system. What is the point of signing up to a great deal to cure your ills, only to find that you have no idea how to update your site or make the most of any add-ons or applications that they have available for your use?
While many companies will have a tutorial function, we recommend delving into every aspect of their services so that you are up and running, and ready to move forward, as soon as you migrate.
Back Everything Up
Even with the greatest level of planning, things can go wrong, and if you give them the opportunity to, you can almost guarantee they will. Protect yourself at every turn, and ensure that all of your website data, content, design aspects, and any other details are backed up onto a local computer.
Problems are less common than they used to be as companies and individuals have become more competent at managing server migration, but happen enough for you to know that it is not worth the risk.
Enjoy stress free server migration, your customers will see no difference, and your site and business will be moving forward in no time.
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