Server migration can be hectic and if not planned for properly, can amount to a loss of sensitive data. It doesn’t just involve the transfer of data from one server to another. There are many preliminary processes like OS considerations, dataarchiving, etc.
Obviously, you cannot depend entirely on the Server Management Services provider. Here are some things you can do to make a smooth transition.
Formulating a Server Migration Plan – To Do List
Before your server migration, you would need to reorganize your data. Throw away the old, index the necessary, backup all your data, identify any old websites or accounts, etc. By cleaning up your server, you would have lesser data to migrate, faster migration and fewer issues after migration.
If you are hosting multiple websites with many sub-domains and have many professional email accounts and databases, then you will have to create the inventory. Once you have cleaned your server, you know what files go where and it would be easier to create the inventory. Also, you can verify all of the data on the new server.
DNS Migration Strategy
This is where most migration plans fail, especially if you have a shared hosting service. To formulate a proper DNS strategy, you will need –
- Registrar of every domain and site.
- Nameserver of every domain and site.
- The IP addresses of the old and new websites.
Create a spreadsheet for this information. Be certain of all the information before updating the DNS.
The Right Server Provider
Before a migration, review your hosting requirements. Perhaps your website’s response time is too slow and you could benefit from a different network. Or maybe you are just happy with your current service provider. Migration calls for a scrutiny of your service provider.
Choose a server that has the following.
- Sufficient disk space.
- Control panel licence that matches your domain count.
- Proper IP address.
- Fast network.
- Server size.
A slower network would make the migration move at a turtle’s pace. To ensure that you have a smooth migration experience, inspect your new server and confirm that it has all the above features.
Most server management services claim that they have zero downtime, but the real time is never the same. And so if you have applications that are run by the database or user generated data like forums, then you will have to shut them down for a while.
A downtime will result in loss of website traffic and as a result, a cost to your business. Get a number in your mind and make sure that the migration can be done within the window. Inform your clients and staff beforehand. They might be more patient!
Once migration is done, employ sufficient staff to deal with any small issues. Make sure that any services still delivered from the old server are completely shut down and that the DNS is propagating properly. You can verify this by checking the web traffic.
With these tips, you shouldn’t have any problems making the migration!