Moving from Dedicated Hosting to VPS Hosting: Best Practices

Website owners hesitate to migrate to new hosting platforms. The main underlying fear is the unresolved fear of ‘what if something goes wrong?’ As a website owner, you should be circumspect during your website migration, but that should not stop you from crossing the Rubicon.

Read this article to find the best practices that you can adopt while migrating from dedicated hosting to VPS Hosting.

  1.  Clarify your objective- You must be absolutely clear about the reason and scope of your VPS hosting. What parts of your website do you want to migrate? Do you want your databases to stay with your dedicated server? What about emails and video files? Would you be migrating your single site or all the other sites as well? These are some of the questions that you must ask yourself before your VPS migration.
  2. Identify external providers- Sometimes your VPS migration may remain incomplete, and you will have to identify external parties to accomplish some incomplete tasks like a change of domain registrar or updating your DNS. A good idea to avoid this complicated situation is to log in yourself and check whether all the tasks have been completed before the migration of your site.
  3. Enough room- Check whether your new VPS hosting server has adequate space to unpackage your data. Most migration providers recommend that you should have at least 20% extra space in your new VPS hosting server.
  4. Update passwords and send trash to the bin- Migration is faster when you have less data to transfer. Before you set off your migration process, remove all your trash like unused email files or folders. Any text or image files that you haven’t used for a long time must be sent to the trash bin. In short, make your website as light as possible.

Before you migrate your website, ensure that you update your password. At the time of migration, your files and other parts of your website are extremely vulnerable, so it makes sense to provide a stronger protection layer.

  1. Update your operating system before you begin- Though it is not a prerequisite, it is always better to update your OS before the migration of your website. If you are using a CMS like WordPress or Joomla, then you should update the site or the plugins to make the transition easier. Updating your CMS or OS while the migration is on will wreck the latter.
  2. Don’t add new website immediately- While it is ok to add new content to your newly migrated website ( files, text, videos, etc.), adding your cPanel or Plesk account to it may cause some complications. Wait for a few days until the migration is done entirely and then add your extra websites to your VPS hosting.
  3. Do a test– To find out whether your VPS migration is done completely and perfectly, test it in a closed environment. This way, you will find out if there are any imperfections.
  4. You can check out the various VPS hosting plans and choose the one that meets your objectives and budget.