There are various reasons for migrating your website to a new host. You might have outgrown your current hosting plan or introduced new features or services that demanded a change in the hosting type, etc. Nevertheless, migrating your site is a critical process as the move can create bugs or glitches impacting the performance of your site. In this article, we will share five things that you must keep in mind before migrating your website. For the sake of this article, we will talk about migration to a Cloud Hosting service.
In recent years, Cloud Server Hosting has become the go-to name for hosting services thanks to its cost-efficiency, resource scalability, security, etc. When you decide to migrate your website to Cloud Hosting, you need to keep the following things in mind:
- Redesign processes and applications
Before you start the migration, assess your existing processes and architecture to understand if they are ready to handle a Cloud Hosting environment. You might have to redesign certain parts of your processes and/or applications to make them cloud-ready. Ensure that before you start migrating, all data, software, etc. integrate with the cloud. This will ensure that the migration process is smooth.
- Create a Migration Plan
You will need a migration plan that allows you to shift your website to the new environment without roadblocks. The migration plan should include application baselines, inventory check, and the order of migration.
- Look for a good hosting provider
Migrating a website is a tedious and critical process. It is not something that you would want to do every few months. Therefore, before you buy the plan, ensure that you choose a Cloud Server Hosting provider who understands the requirements of your website and offers a package that is best suited to your site. Also, the provider should offer migration assistance as well as post-migration support. Remember, a good hosting provider can make the migration process simpler and efficient.
- Backup is Important
Migration is a complex process, and a small error can cause bugs or glitches in your system. Therefore, it is prudent to keep a copy of the running version of your system backed up. Ensure that your team takes macro as well as micro-level backups of your entire system. This will ensure that if you face any problems during the migration process, your data is secure. Many hosting providers also offer backup tools that can be used for the same.
- Test – before and after migration
Before you start migrating, test your system to assess the kind of resources you will need from your new web hosting provider. This will help you find the ideal hosting plan at the right cost. Post-migration, test your system again to check if the migration has caused any glitches in your system.
As your website grows, you need to move to a better hosting plan. As long as you are with the same host, migration is not an issue. However, when you decide to partner with a new web host, you will have to prepare yourself for website migration. Ensure that you keep the above-mentioned points in mind before migrating your website. Good Luck!