What’s involved in moving a website?
If you’re reading this because you’re wanting me to look after your website, great! If you’re just here for the info, that’s ok too. Below is a summary of how I transfer website from an existing host to Lexicom’s optimised servers to make sure the process is hassle free for everyone involved and to limit any downtime.
1) First, I assess the website to be moved. Is the website’s WordPress version and plugin software up to date? If it’s out of date, is the version of software it’s on compatible with the Lexicon server it’s being moved to?
2) Once I’ve established everything will work on the new servers, I take a backup of the site. Just in case – you never can be too careful.
3) Next, I clone the website files and database to the appropriate Lexicom server. I place this clone on a temporary web address, for example “testing.lexicom.co.nz”. This way, your site isn’t affected in anyway while I work out any bugs or problems with the clone. At this point, I may update any software on the website as this is the best time to do this.
4) Once I’m happy with the cloned website, I change the A records (this is part of the IP address of the server which hosts your website) for your site. Now, when people type in your domain name / visit your website they are visiting the site hosted on the Lexicom server. The cloned website now becomes the master version.
Once you’re happy with everything, you can cancel your old hosting plan.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.