Before you think about migrating data, it is very important to have a clear cut plan drawn out. A lot of things can go wrong and you can lose valuable data during the migration process if you aren’t careful enough. Our team will help you create a migration plan that is as risk free as possible. We will provide you with technical insight that will show you why you needed a migration plan in the first place. Play it safe, you know what they say, better safe than sorry!
Make a backup of the old site. “Turn off” the old site. Copy over the new site. Toggle some config file settings for the new site “Turn on” the new site.Oh wait, we have a CMS! So when we do a “backup” what we really mean is “make an export of the database, AND make a copy of the webroot”. Also our PDFs are stored on a different hostname, so we need to make sure we grab them. Make a backup of the old site. Use SFTP to copy the webroot. Export a copy of the database “Turn off” the old site. Copy over the new site. SFTP the webroot Copy the PDFs from marketing’s system Toggle some config file for the new site “Turn on” the new site.
Since migrations can get complex you need to create a migration plan ahead of time, and write it down! The last thing you want to do is be in the middle of a migration and wondering what you need to do next. Sit down, write the plan out. Do this with someone else so you both identify all the steps involved and document the proper order! Migration plans should include literally everything that you need to do to get the old site down, the new site up, and verify that everything is working properly. Every migration plan should have 5 sections: Preparing the new site Preparing the old site Migrating sites Testing Post migration steps There will always be things that should be done to prepare both sites (backups at the very least). You will always have some migration tasks. You should always do rigorous testing when done. You will always have some steps once everything is done and tested (like having a party with the team). To help, here is the Zoompf website migration plan Mark and I used when deploying our new website. Feel free to share it and use it as a basis for your next website migration.