Migrations take forever, right? So much admin and disruption. It’s tempting to keep pushing the snooze button on this task until it’s absolutely necessary. But burying your head in the sand when it comes to migrations will only lead to problems in the future as you continue to enhance your website’s features and your traffic increases.
If you’re worried about poking a sleeping bear, fear not. We’re here to make migration little less intimidating and heaps more efficient. That’s because, at Nimbus, we put customer experience first.
Whether you want to handle your own migration or use our managed service, we keep things as simple and straightforward as possible. We’ve created an effective and comprehensive procedure that takes the faff out of the job and allows you to put your feet up while we handle the nitty-gritty elements of website migration.
There are nine easy steps:
1. Pre-migration check performed on existing host
2. Initial migration of web files and databases
3. Switch domains name servers over to Nimbus (Optional)
4. Suspend site on existing server and perform final sync of files and DB
5. Open site on new server
6. Perform test migration test on Nimbus Hosting server
7. Switch DNS to direct web traffic to Nimbus Hosting server
8. Final migration check
9. Welcome to the Nimbus Hosting Cloud
Free migration vs Managed migration
Free migration is usually a basic service offered by hosting providers to help users with lighter websites that are going from plesk to plesk or cpanel to cpanel because of the one click implementation aspect that these migrations use; this option is usually only limited to a maximum number of migrations before you have to start paying for the service. Testing will all be carried out by you after the migration is complete and the website has gone live on the new server.
With a managed free migration, you can expect a more personalised approach where you are assigned a Technical Consultant who will keep you updated with each step of the process. There is no requirement over the size of the website, how many you are migrating or what hosting platform you are moving from.
This method provides more peace of mind as it minimises (if not completely eliminates) downtime due to how your account management team will prioritise tasks in the migration sequence.
Before launching into the live environment, Nimbus will carry out initial tests to your websites on the new server and make sure everything is ticking over smoothly, ensuring your customers get the same (if not better) user experience (UX) they’ve come to expect.
Our clients are often impressed with the speed of how quickly we can handle a managed migration:
“Over the last 6 months, 86% of migrations have been in client testing by the end of the next business day after we have been supplied with appropriate access to the existing hosting.”
Get ready for Nimbus hosting with our website migration kit
We’re all about efficiency here at Nimbus HQ. Over the years, we’ve worked closely with our clients to identify the key bugbears and the most off-putting challenges for businesses looking to upgrade their hosting.
Whether you’d like to get more insight into what our managed migration process entails or if you’re confident enough to take the reigns, you’ll find our Website Migration Kit super useful. In this free-to-download document, we break down the process and show you how to conduct a migration audit in order to get all the necessary information you need for the big move this will also help your agency if you have to manage your own client’s migrations to our service in the future.
Click here to download the FREE migration kit, and if any questions pop up as you peruse the document, feel free to get in touch with us; we’re always here to help.