mojoPortal Tips: Migrating a Site to Arvixe VPS, Part 1
Written by Carole Bennett
Monday, 2 April 2012
I’ve used shared hosting for years; first for my own site, then for my customers. Recently, I finally decided it was time to upgrade to a VPS (Virtual Private Server), in order to better meet the needs of my clients and my growing business. After much research and deliberation, I decided to move my hosting services to an Arvixe VPSClass-ASP.
There were a few factors that led to my choice of Arvixe as my new hosting provider; among them:
- Whenever I’ve had a question about any aspect of Arvixe hosting, I’ve always been able to reach a live support person, no matter what the time of day or night. That is a huge bonus to me, as my hours, and those of my clients, can vary broadly.
- The one time that an outage affected my single shared-hosting account, I received an e-mail explaining the outage, outlining the technical issue, and providing a resolution plan and time frame for completion – before I ever even had to hunt down a live human being to get answers.
While I’ve been going through the setup process, the Arvixe support staff has been unfailingly polite and helpful, and has been able to step me through the entire process. I’ve been a Plesk user for many years, so the cPanel used by Arvixe has been a new experience for me.
The first thing to think about before making your VPS purchase is the domain you want to use as your primary for the account. This will also affect your branding, if you choose to use custom name servers (no additional fee, so I highly recommend doing so). I wasn’t ready to move my primary domain over, so I created a new domain that still reflects my branding, but is specific to the hosting aspects of the business.
It takes about 1-2 days for your VPS server to be provisioned; when the provisioning is complete, you’ll receive an e-mail with all your login details. Once you’ve received the e-mail, it’s a good time to contact Arvixe support to request registration of your custom name servers. It will take another 24-48 hours for the name server registration to take effect.
We’ve covered the preliminary steps to getting your server ready to begin transferring your mojoPortal-based site to an Arvixe VPS account. Next time, we’ll cover configuring your new VPS so that you can begin the transfer process.
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