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Moving servers – How to do it right

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A few of you may have noticed I have not posted for quite some time. There are a few reasons for this. First up I have been uber busy working on my niche site and secondly I was told my old hosting provider was going to shut down, in 2 weeks!! So I had to quickly find alternative hosting.

I proceeded to frantically search the web for a cost efficient and quality server to house all my sites and I finally found one that looked good.  I will probably write a full review of them later, but essentially what I was faced with now was the massive task of moving a massive array of sites and the possibility of losing money and rankings if any of them went down.

As this was the first time I had done this I made a few mistakes, but in hind sight they would be pretty easy to correct in the future.

So here is a quick checklist of things you should do before switching hosts, preferably in this order

  1. Copy all the data to the new server
    I did this via a cPanel / WHM transfer and my new host kindly took care of it for me
  2. Verify your data
    I didn’t do this properly and it lead to problems.  Check that not only has each account transfered, but the files are all there, and your databases are all there.  Sometimes one but not the other will transfer.  Sometimes you may have to manually copy data across.
  3. Change the nameservers of your domains
    I was lucky in that I had setup custom nameservers at my old host so all I had to do was register those nameservers at my new hosting and ALL my sites moved over seamlessly – cool huh?! I’d suggest anyone do this NOW before you feel the burn of moving 20+ sites one by one.

Because I didn’t do these steps thoroughly (I said they were easy didn’t I?) I ended up in a world of pain and some of my sites went down for a number of days.

Thankfully though, all my sites are now working and faster than ever!

So it’s good to be back, its a MASSIVE weight off my shoulders, and I hope to make up for lost time very soon!

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  1. June 3rd, 2009 at 11:14 | #1

    I recently moved all my sites to a new host as well. Much faster and a lot more room to grow. I am happy I moved to a new host. :)

  2. June 23rd, 2009 at 14:55 | #2

    Well, the worst part is when you have to move sites between not cpanel websites or if either your old or your new host is not cpanel based. Thats’ why I am always keen to get cpanel/whm based hosting…!!

  3. June 23rd, 2009 at 16:44 | #3

    Hi Sam

    I know what you mean, when I moved I had to move 20 odd sites and the thought of moving to a non cPanel based host just made me shiver. I selectively chose not to host with non cPanel hosts!

    Its not worth it!

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