Changing Servers

Changing Servers

Site speed is so important for your site and when you realise exactly how slow your site is by using tools such as Varvy or Googles Development Tool you will initially have a panic! We’ve got a whole section on the site about increasing your site speed it’s all a bit techy but if you check out or site speed you’ll see it can be done 🙂 

Anyway…I digress,. Site speed is a big reason why you may want to change your server. Other reasons could be:

  • a) You want to change your hosting company
  • b) For various reasons there is a change in the IP address of your servers

In an ideal world you will go to the registrar, maybe Godaddy or BlueHost and update the domain name system (DNS) records to point to a new server location.

Temporarily decreasing the sites time to live (TTL) to five minues will make the move take place faster.

Before you begin

Make a list of special files and configuration requirements and verify everything is in place before flipping the switch.

Check the server configuration for directives eg make sure the new server isn’t going to change the 301’s to 302’s.

How to check your server configuration

Common problems during a server move

Pages could return 404 or 500 errors instead of the content you intended – A possible cause for this would be the software you used to implement your site is not installed on the new server.

Important files are not moved to the new server. eg

  • robots.txt
  • analytics files
  • sitemaps.xml
  • .htaccess file

 

  • What are robots.txt files
  • What are analytics files
  • What are sitemaps.xml
  • What are .htaccess files

Mishandling of certain requests eg 301 – 302’s.

Double and triple check that all server directives are properly migrated from the old server to the new one.

How to check server directives have been properly migrated.