8 Tips to a Smooth Migration
A recent Liquid Web survey revealed that businesses are often held back from choosing a better hosting partner by the “what-if” situation when a migration presents. Nearly a quarter of consumers who decide not to switch to a new provider cited fear of the migration as the biggest reason for maintaining the status quo. Even if they believe that the new hosting provider would be better.
Yes, migrations can be complex. But, they can – and often do, go very smoothly. At Liquid Web, we have dedicated migration teams to provide advice and expertise. We are here for you. Working collaboratively with the Liquid Web team will be the most important factor to migrate your data seamlessly.
We think it is important that you know customers who approach a migration from a “let me know when you are done” view tend to have more complications. Thinking that you will be hands off during your migration is unrealistic and will impact your ability to have a smooth migration.
We have compiled 8 checklist items that you should do to help ensure as smooth a migration as possible.
- Clarify the scope of your project up front. The first step will be to identify the type of migration your organization will need. Are you moving a single site or an entire server? Are databases or email associated with the migration? Will you need a secondary sync before pointing traffic to the new server? Clarifying the scope of the project up front is the first step in a successful migration process.You can provide these details while filling out the migration form.
- Identify any outside providers. There may be some changes that need to take place outside of the source or destination servers themselves, such as updating DNS or making changes at your domain registrar. Make sure that you are able to login to these areas to make changes so that the migration can be completed smoothly.
LIQUID WEB TIP: Wait until after your migration is entirely complete before changing registrars to be sure that you will have access to edit DNS zones.
- Size it. When ordering your new solution, be sure that there is enough room for all of your content that will be hosted, with about 20% extra disk space. Migrating content often means that some extra space will be required to unpackage the data being moved, and you want to be sure that you have enough room to grow on your new server.
- Don’t forget Email. Be sure to let us know if you want to migrate your email as well. Organize information on your existing email service (e.g. Google apps) and provide it in the migration form when making your initial request.
- Take out the trash. Moving data can take time, and the less data there is to be moved, the faster the migration can be completed.
LIQUID WEB TIP: Take a look through your site content and clean up anything that you won’t require on the new server, such as outdated backups or large email folders that you will not be looking at again.
- Know your server access level. Allowing the migration team to have the most access to the source server, will allow us to have full ability to match the server environments. Root access is preferred, and user level ssh access can also be used. If not, the team should also be able to use cPanel, Plesk, or FTP access in order to move content.
- Update your sites before you begin. You’ll likely be moving to a newer version of PHP and MySQL and updating first will make that transition much easier. Making these changes mid-migration can throw a wrench into the works.
LIQUID WEB TIP: If you are using a CMS such as WordPress or Joomla, run any missing updates on the site or plugins before you request the migration.
- Wait to add new sites. While it is perfectly fine to make normal content changes to your server in the middle of the migration (such as adding new posts, pictures, and pages), adding a new cPanel or Plesk account, or adding entirely new websites mid-migration adds additional complication into the process.
LIQUID WEB TIP: Wait a few days until the migration is complete to make these types of changes, to allow time to make any other server tweaks that might be required.
At Liquid Web, we’ll do everything we can to help you through the migration process. And, we’ll do it for free. We provide complimentary migrations for new server orders from cPanel to cPanel or Plesk to Plesk.
We are always available for free advice and can also offer custom migrations from nearly all other types of hosting and CMS systems. So pick out your new hosting solution and start your migration today!