They say that moving home is one of the most stressful events in our lives. Migrating a website to new hosting can be pretty stressful too, especially if you aren’t well prepared. In our last cloud migration article, we talked about why you should migrate your site to a cloud platform. In this article, we look at the challenges you may face on your cloud migration journey.
In a properly planned migration, the site starts the day on one hosting platform and ends it in the cloud with minimal downtime or disruption. But it’s good to be aware of what could go wrong and what you can do to help the migration run smoothly.
What Cloud Migration?
Cloud migration can have unforeseen side effects if the people working on the site aren’t informed in advance. Discuss the migration plans with stakeholders to minimize disruption. It would be unwise of your marketing department to launch a new campaign on the day of the migration, or for developers to roll out major site changes just as you’re about to move the site to a new hosting platform.
Discussing the migration with stakeholders allows them to raise concerns: perhaps the marketing department is running tracking scripts that may break during the migration – if stakeholders know what’s coming, they have time to prepare.
Choose a Cloud Platform That Aligns With Your Objectives
There are many different types of cloud platform. Some, like the Nexcess Cloud, are engineered to provide the best possible hosting for selected applications. Others are general server hosting platforms that require more work and technical knowledge to achieve the same result. Many provide minimal support. Your cloud migration will be less disruptive if you know what to expect from the cloud vendor.
Plan to Avoid Downtime
A well-planned cloud migration should cause minimal downtime. Some factors can’t be controlled, such as the time it takes for changes to DNS records to propagate, but with careful preparation and implementation, disruption can be kept to a minimum.
Search Engine Optimization
A badly executed site migration can negatively impact SEO. Cloud migration without a domain name change should not cause SEO problems. Migration can be more tricky if the site is moved to a new domain. A detailed discussion of domain name changes is beyond the scope of this article, but you should be aware of the potential for disruption if redirects and DNS record changes are not handled properly.
Planning is the best way to avoid the issues we have discussed. In the next article in our series on cloud migration, we will discuss how to build a successful migration plan.
Download our free guide to Cloud Migration here.