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Preparing for a Migration to Pagely:

When preparing for a Migration to a New Host, it’s important to understand the logistics around how this move will impact your visitor’s experience. At Pagely, we take extreme care to minimize the potential for outages that would affect your traffic flow as soon as you subscribe to one of our dedicated VPS plans.

I Just Signed Up With Pagely – What’s Next?

After you’ve signed up and added your team of collaborators, you’ll be partnered with a dedicated on-boarding coach who will help shepherd you through each step towards a successful launch. Our clarified on-boarding process is designed to ensure a smooth, timely and successful transition to our platform.

Details around requesting a migration will be provided, which you can initiate securely from our migration request form folded inside the Support tab of your Atomic dashboard.

Need help with migrations? We’ll migrate your first two sites free (additional $100/each) with self-assisted options recommended by us.

Will I Be Able to Test My Website First?

During this transition, we’ll clone your website to Pagely, giving you the opportunity to test it on a temporary URL (yourname.pressdns.pagely.com) while your site remains live in your present environment. At that point, you have the opportunity to test and verify everything is in working order.

Once you’re ready to cutover, we’ll do a final rSync to bring your content current. From there, we’ll ask you coordinate a time with your personal on-boarding czar to have us walk you through the final DNS update necessary to go live. See our article on Scheduling DNS Cutover for more intel on this stage.

Do I Need to Worry About Downtime?

Usually we can avoid downtime during this process, although this is primarily contingent upon the nature of your WordPress website. See steps and recommendations below:

Basic static WordPress sites:

Static WordPress installs can be migrated without any downtime. In this case, you lower the TTL’s on DNS and do a content freeze prior to initiating the migration process. From there, we do a final content sync just prior to cutover, prompting you to flip your DNS CNAME to us for traffic to begin flowing to the Pagely site in production.

Complex WordPress sites:

Complex sites that are transactional in nature like a WooCommerce store involve a small maintenance outage (~20 minutes) in order to ensure data integrity with cutting over.

Note: It’s wise to set up a maintenance page during the migration until everything is running properly on our end. The concern lies with customer transactions, if you have a customer purchasing a product, their info isn’t going to be reflected in your Pagely hosted database even though the old site DNS loads fine.

There are a variety of options to choose from in the WordPress repository to display a maintenance page. The Coming Soon Plugin by SeedProd is a popular choice we see used frequently.

Planning Final Cutover

We coordinate a pre-determined time slot as a safety precaution at a time most convenient for your visitor traffic. Generally, we can complete a website migration within one-two days of filing a request. Our engineers will notify you via a support ticket once your site has been transferred over and ready to rock!

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