Thinking About A New Hosting Company? You Will Need A Migration plan.

Thinking About A New Hosting Company? You Will Need A Migration plan.

Sometimes, there might be a need for you to switch from your current host to a new one. This may be done for various reasons. Not knowing what is needed may make this task very difficult, but with these tips your switch will be much easier.

First, it is important to know all about your site. It will be important to know where your host stores your website files, and whether it is possible to download them and back them up, because you will still need these files when you start hosting the site in a new server. It is highly recommended to store the site files as FTP files on your desktop.

Next, you need to prepare your DNS. Changing your website means you will most likely be getting a new IP address. For changes to be realized in the DNS, it may even take a period of one week, so it is prudent to prepare your DNS one week prior to moving to your new server, to ensure a smooth transition.

Setting up the new server is what you will do next. This new server is the server that you are migrating to. Ensure that it has the correct operating system, and that it can meet the specifications of other applications as well. After setting up the server, tuning it follows. At this stage, check your server details, like partitions, to ensure that they meet your specifications. It is also important to note that security practices within the operating system and the firewall are best implemented at this point.

After verifying the server configuration, it’s time to install the base applications. Start with installing the operating system, then the applications you will need to use. For instance, other applications that you may need are a web server, an email server, or even database server software. Preparing a dummy site to test whether the installed software works can be of great assistance.

Data migration comes next; at this stage it is important to note that there is no method for this that is written on stone. This can be attributed to the fact that there is a variance in server types and application data size. It is vital for you to understand how long it will take to move all of your data. Doing this during the off peak period is also advisable so as to avoid traffic. Once data has been moved, it is prudent to test whether the web applications are functioning well under the newly assigned IP address.

After migration of the data, the process is almost complete. Now a definite schedule and deadline can be made as it is assumed that the DNS changes have been realized. You will take down the old site, migrate database or data changes, and confirm through the newly set up IP address that the site is working on the new server. Change your DNS records to resolve your new IP address and redirect traffic to the new server. Once these steps are completed, the site will have real time data.

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