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Relocate websites and applications stress-free: Hosting relocation made easy

“Never change a running system”, it is often said. But at some point it is still time: You have to change its hosting provider. What to look for and which tools are helpful.

In the hosting business, the so-called lock-in effect is strong – the situation in which a company is so dependent on a provider that a change seems impossible because it would be too costly, costly or risky. Who wants to start over voluntarily after working on the optimal configuration of the server infrastructure for months or even years? Web and application servers, database systems, domain and DNS settings, SSL certificates, individual SEO optimizations – the provision and maintenance of modern server infrastructures is becoming increasingly complex. A hoster change can be a real challenge.

There are many reasons to change your hosting provider. Cost factors always play a role, especially in the cloud, where there is an ever-tougher price war . Bad experiences with the support of the current provider can also be decisive. That the cloud giant Amazon opened its first data center in Germany in October 2014 , has also caused some companies to migrate their websites and applications to Amazon Web Services.

Nothing works without planning

No matter for what reason you ultimately decide to relocate your corporate website, an online shop or a critical business application: There are a few things to keep in mind in every scenario. For the start, it is important to define the change needs exactly. Do you want to change the provider or just the server? Should the existing domain also move? Are SSL Certificates or a Content Delivery Network (CDN) in use that need to be customized when moving?

As soon as there is clarity about the technical requirements, it is advisable to plan the complete migration process as detailed as possible. The project can be divided into three rough phases: preparation, implementation and control. Since the many individual tasks are usually carried out in a specific order, the best way to describe the procedure in a step-by-step guide. This allows the entire process to be performed multiple times, as needed, to perform tests in different environments.

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