Website owners need to think of moving to a higher category of hosting to ensure the smooth running of the website for ensuring seamless business continuity. This usually happens when a website has to handle higher volumes of traffic that cannot be supported by growing resources in VPS hosting.
Key factors that influence switching to a dedicated server from VPS
In fact, the migration from shared to VPS is also undertaken due to similar reasons. It would be interesting to understand various situations that call for moving to dedicated hosting from VPS hosting.
One of the most obvious reasons is frequent events of downtime or a retarded performance of website leading to the slow loading of web pages. Moving to a dedicated server enhances disk space as well as processing power.
Sometimes, users are not able to run specific software applications in a VPS hosting environment and the need to shift to dedicated hosting is felt. Some users move to dedicated hosting to future-proof their websites in the view of expected growth in traffic.
Dedicated hosting is also preferred to have better control on DNS setup and a command line access to every aspect of the website. Dedicated hosting offers the highest level of security among all types of hosting.
If you are concerned about your website getting hacked or attacked by cyber criminals, then you should rather move your website to a dedicated server.
The isolated environment of a dedicated server is ideal for processing confidential or classified information such as health records, credit or debit card related details, details about financial transactions and so forth.
Ensuring protection of files and database during switching
Switching of your website to the new dedicated server from the existing VPS account involves essential steps to ensure hassle-free migration without the loss of any data. In the following section, you can get a fair idea to move your website to a new dedicated server from VPS.
One of the foremost things to remember while moving to dedicated hosting from VPS hosting is not to abandon your VPS hosting plan as soon as you go for dedicated hosting.
In order to carry out the hassle-free hosting of dedicated hosting by moving from VPS hosting, it is advisable not to cancel your current VPS hosting account unless and until you are able to migrate all data from the VPS server. Canceling your VPS plan before you complete the process of migration may lead to the loss of website data.
Ensuring integrity of data during migration
Migration process can also cause the loss of website data if you are making any changes to the content of website. Hence it is advisable to refrain from making any changes till the migration is completed.
This also underlines the importance of taking a complete backup of website files as well as databases. In case of the files, a simple downloading and storing locally is sufficient and database can be backed up by using PhpMyAdmin available in the control panel of hosting.
You also need to find out that the new IP for your dedicated server plan has not been blacklisted. This can save you lot of hassles in future since such IPs can impact the entire functioning of your website as well as emails.
Uploading vital information
Uploading files to your new dedicated server is relatively an easy task and can be done by logging in to your new account of dedicated server with the help of login credentials and other server-related information described in the welcome mail.
Database can be uploaded by using PhpMyAdmin. However you should ensure that all web apps that were being used by you in your Virtual Private server are installed before uploading database. Similarly you need to ensure that all email IDs attached to your website address, are transferred seamlessly in the new dedicated server. This has to be completed prior to switching DNS records in the final stage.
Use login credentials provided by host and add all email IDs that were on your VPS server by logging in to your new dedicated server. Please make sure that you are not losing a single email during the period of migration. Creation of a ‘catchall’ address is recommended to ensure that no email is missed on account of missed out email accounts.
Testing and DNS updating
Once you have transferred all files, database, old web apps, and emails to your new dedicated server, it is now time to test the new server. During the testing, your focus should be to check whether all parameters of website such as links and images are functioning normally.
In the final step of migrating to your new dedicated server, you need to update DNS records in line with the details mentioned in the welcome mail pertaining to your new dedicated server.
This is done with the help of controls received from domain registrar. After changing the DNS records you need to wait for the period of 24 to 48 hours for the complete propagation of DNS records.
Now you can cancel your old account of Virtual Private Server since you have been able to successfully complete all the formalities of moving your website from old VPS to the new dedicated server.