2 Ways To Migrate Your ClassicPress Site To New Host With No DownTime

Originally published at: https://www.classicpress.net/blog/2-ways-to-migrate-your-classicpress-site-to-new-host-with-no-downtime/

Migrating your website to a new hosting provider can be quite challenging especially if you are doing it for the first time, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you get past the migration, the few little issues you might encounter during migration could cause downtime & data loss, which you should avoid at…

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Nice tutorial, thanks for writing it! A couple things I would add…

First, you need a way to tell whether the site is loading using the old server or the new server.

Since this can change depending on where your users are located and what DNS servers they’re using, here’s an easy tool to help with this: https://dnschecker.org/

After you switch the DNS over to your new hosting provider, you should see the IP address start to change over to the new host’s IP address. Once it has fully changed over from all locations (which you can see using the tool above) then your migration is complete.

Second, when you start the migration, you may want to put the old hosting provider in read-only mode (disable comments and forms, make sure all editors know not to publish new content, etc). The exact way to do this depends on what features your site is using. Otherwise you might get new comments / form submissions / other content on one site but not the other, and it can be a bit tricky to clean this up properly!

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Thanks for those great points, especially this paragraph:

Updated!

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