This is an issue that a lot of websites face as they start to grow and gain popularity. There are times when you just outgrow the capabilities that your current host provides. In the other occasions your hosts’ performance is what is keeping you from growing. In either case though, something has to be done if you ever want your website to achieve its full potential but it’s no easy task when you need to move your site to a new host. In general, website moves are tricky but what is more difficult is moving a live site to a new host. In this super-connected world once you start to gain any kind of popularity and regular traffic, you can’t afford to be down for any extended amount of time or you risk losing your readership. So what is a site to do? As a tecchie I am always tempted to do these kinds of things myself, but if your site is important enough then I am going to recommend you hire professionals.
As we found out last year though, this isn’t as straightforward a task as you would think. The site was growing very quickly and our former host GoDaddy failed us on almost a daily basis even when the load wasn’t high. We decided that we needed to make the move from shared hosting to our own virtual private server and while GoDaddy offered some decent options we were so frustrated with them that we didn’t even consider them. We did some research on VPS hosting and finally settled on a company called InMotionHosting(use our affiliate url to get a discount), lots of folks haven’t heard of them but trust us what they lack in bells and whistles they make up for with great customer service, fair pricing and reliability which is what we were really after. So we bought a VPS plan from them, but we still hadn’t decided who we were going to have move our site. Then we came across a site called www.websitemovers.com, kind of ironic don’t you think.
We quickly engaged them to find out what they could do, how long it would take and most importantly how much it would cost. During the initial contact, I found them to be very capable and knowledgeable and I felt like they could pull of what they said they could. Then we talked price and while I won’t deny that it’s not cheap it’s not ridiculously expensive either. All in all I found their prices to be fair for the work that they were going to perform. What I liked about their pricing was that they gave you a ceiling that the cost wouldn’t exceed which allowed us to control our cost. We asked when they could start and how long it would take, they said immediately and it would take less than a week. From there they set up a project space on their portal for me to communicate with them team, share all important data, and answer and ask questions. As soon as I got them the accesses they needed they got straight to work and allowed me to use the test site daily to validate functionality and make sure everything was working properly. As I said, my biggest concern was downtime and they promised that I would not have any downtime, in fact they guarantee it. In the end, they kept their word and we weren’t down for even a second during the whole process. They even provide10 days of free post-migration helpdesk support to resolve any migration-related errors after the move is complete.
From start to finish, it was a stress free experience and I would and will use them in a heartbeat the next time I need a website moved without any downtime. I wholeheartedly recommend WebSiteMovers.com to anyone that is in the same boat that we were. Trust us, you won’t be sorry.