Recently, I played a little roulette game with my websites. I have several different web hosting accounts with different services. I actually have 4 different hosting accounts with several different companies.
My biggest, most important host is ServInt. With ServInt I have a VPS, Virtual Private Server. I host only two websites on that server, because these are my two biggest money-making sites, and I want them to be on the best server that I have. The VPS on ServInt is my most expensive hosting account, costing more than 10 times the cost of any of my other hosting accounts. But, the server is very reliable, and worth the money I pay for it, because the sites I host there make money for me.
My other 3 hosting accounts are on shared servers and are relatively inexpensive accounts. Well, scratch that… they are very inexpensive hosting accounts, not “relatively inexpensive” accounts! Ha ha. And, on these hosting accounts, I have dozens of different sites on each account. But, these are all relatively low traffic accounts that don’t attract hordes of visitors. Still, some of these low traffic accounts make me a good bit of money, but even if it is a good money maker, if it only attracts a few hundred visits per day, there is really no need for an expensive host for that type of site.
Well, as I said, I got a little game of roulette going with my sites recently. I decided to eliminate one of my hosting accounts, and move sites around to different servers to balance out what each server was doing. This does not include my ServInt VPS, I still reserve that server only for the two sites that are my premium sites, and that get thousands of daily visitors. One of those sites actually gets tens of thousands of daily visits, so it is important to have that on a quality server. Anyway, this moving of sites involved moving three sites that are running on OSCommerce software. E-Commerce sites. All of my other sites are on WordPress.
The WordPress sites are very easy to move. In fact, I have a piece of software that I use for moving WordPress sites. It is a matter of running the software on the old server, then changing the nameservers for the domain, and running the software on the new server. Once you do that, the site is 100% moved. Easy as pie. The biggest time eater when moving a site this way is waiting for the nameservers to change over, which can take anywhere from 30 minutes up to a few hours. Other than that, this software can move even a large WordPress site from one server to another in under 5 minutes.
So, as I say, the WordPress moves are quick and painless. But, only a few times in the past have I moved OSCommerce sites. Sometimes it has been relatively easy, other times I have run into trouble. Thankfully, during this move, I had no trouble, though. I moved the databases, set up the software, changed the nameservers, and within a couple of hours everything was working normally on the new server! Wow, that sure made me happy! Maybe I have the OSCommerce moves figured out now and can always do it without any problems. I hope that is the case!
One recommendation, if you are going to move a site from one server to another server, whether it is WordPress, OSCommerce or any other software platform, leave the sites in place on the old server and the new server for at least a few days. That way, if you find out that the newly set up site is not functioning 100% properly, all you have to do is switch the nameservers back to the old server, and you have a fully functioning site immediately when the nameservers take effect. That way, you can fix whatever the problem is while your site is still live and making money for you.