How To Avoid Site Migration Disasters

Introduction

At some point when you are trying to maintain your online reputation, you are most likely going to build a website. This is a great tool to bring the things to the surface that you want people to see and suppress the things that you don’t want people to see. To do this you are going to need a host. However, you may find that you can get a better deal from another hosting site and you may consider migrating your page to that host.

Migration Mishaps

To do this you are going to need to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a row. Meaning, you are going to want to make sure that you point your website to the new host server. This can be quite the daunting task depending on the number of sites you need to migrate. Doing a single site should not prove to be too difficult, but if you are managing several websites, things can get a bit trickier. Read below to help you avoid the common migration mishaps.

  • Redesign – First thing you need to do is to decide if you are going to migrate to the same site to the new host. If you are, that is great. However, you may wish to seize this opportunity to redesign your website. Make sure that all of the links that you have built a redirect to the new host properly. The host will be able to provide you with a list of things that do and do not work with their hosting service. Make certain that your website is optimized to complete the migration, or you may lose some customers and traction that you have built up.
  • Message Boards – Many of the most popular servers have message boards where people talk about the mistakes that they have made and provide others with sound advice. You are going to want to have a look at these and determine what problems if any, you perceive having on the big day. There is nothing like going into a big project uninformed an unprepared.
  • Be Prepared – You are going to want to make a list of all of your websites that you plan on migrating to the new host. This may seem a bit arbitrary but trust us, when you start moving a lot of sites to a new host you will be glad that you did. If you run into problems, that list may save you and let you tell the new host company exactly which website you are missing. Without this list, you will have to take a lot of extra time trying to figure out just which site is giving you the most trouble.

Conclusion

Online reputation is hard to come by as the rules of Google are always changing. However, you will be doing nothing but shooting yourself in the foot if you are unable to migrate your website successfully. This will kill many hours of work you have done, or possibly a lot of money that you have spent, to get your website to climb the ranks of Google.