Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Geek deals roundup: Save on TVs, PCs, and more before Black Friday

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We’re a little over a week away from Black Friday now, and the deals are really ramping up. If you’re looking for a new TV, PC, or tablet, there’s no reason to wait. […] Read more

Doctor Who Gifts to Tickle Both Your Hearts

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Whether a Whovian of old or new to the man in the box….those dedicated to the Who crew are fierce and loyal to the beloved staple of British television. Doctor Who has enchanted us […] Read more

Courage: Apple’s AirPods Are Still Without a Release Date

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When Apple killed the headphone jack on the latest iPhone, we were assured it would be okay, and Apple was really just being “courageous.” Not only was there an adapter in the box, […] Read more

Dogs Are Sniffing Out These Paw-sitively Invasive Species of Mussel

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There are some species of mussels in the United States that continually take over wherever they take up residence, and there’s a special canine task force assigned to keeping them in check. That’s […] Read more

Fantastic Comics For Harry Potter Fans, And Where To Find Them

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 released in theater five years ago, but despite this, the books and movies have remained culturally relevant as if Harry Potter has always existed, or […] Read more

You Can Take Photos of Space With a Raspberry Pi

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There are all sorts of cool things going on in the sky (and especially this month), so don’t fret if you missed that supermoon. In fact, you can get a close-up look at […] Read more

The Inhumans are Moving to TV, IMAX with New Live-Action Series

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The Inhumans property will continue to live on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to a new live-action TV series starring Black Bolt and the royal family that’ll debut next year. Marvel also […] Read more

Retro Game Alternatives for When You Can’t Find the NES Classic Edition

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Wow, the NES Classic Edition has been selling like crazy. It’s like Wii launch numbers here. I know, who would have thought a $60 mini-NES that looks cool and comes with 30 games […] Read more

WhatsApp Just Added Encrypted Video Chat To Their Apps

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WhatsApp was already one of the most popular messaging apps around, and it’s about to get a whole lot more popular. Their latest update adds support for video chats. Plenty of other messaging […] Read more

Gotham Loses a Hero and Brings Back a Villain

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Michael Chiklis as Captain Barnes was one of the best additions to the cast of Gotham. He had great chemistry with Donal Logue and Ben McKenzie, and his character turned the GCPD into […] Read more

You Need to Take off the Nostalgia Glasses and Give Pokemon Red and Blue Another Look

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You like Pokémon, I like Pokémon, but chances are pretty good that if you’re reading this, you’re one of the old guard. You are more likely than not to think Pokémon Red and […] Read more

3 Tricks to Make Transferring Your Website Happen Smoother


It can be daunting to migrate a website to a new server, hosting company, or hosting package. There are so many things to consider, from the prospect of downtime to the nightmare of losing files or potentially corrupting key databases. Though the prospect of transferring a website fills some website owners with a sense of dread, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, there are three handy tricks that will minimize downtime and help to ensure a smooth transition that most users will barely notice, if they notice anything at all. By keeping these tricks in mind, website owners can preserve their website’s integrity, search engine performance, and built-in audience, without even breaking a sweat.

1. Run Two Simultaneous Websites for a While

There’s an impulse that most website owners face when switching between hosts, packages, or servers: Cancel the old plan immediately and save money during the transfer process. This sounds good in theory, but it’s actually not a great move when ensuring the smooth transfer of a website. In fact, it can have dire consequences for a website and could lead to lost files and database information. This could result in significant downtime, compromising of user accounts, and much more. So, how is this problem avoided?

The trick is to keep the old site and host activated for as long as is necessary to ensure a full and complete transition to a new server. While it may seem silly to pay for two hosting packages or servers at one time, this is actually a smart move for several reasons. Consider a few of the benefits that come from running two sites simultaneously as the transfer process unfolds:

Time for Testing: Running two sites simultaneously allows for comprehensive testing of all pages, files, and databases contained within the full scope of the website. It’s easy to compare both sites side-by-side, making adjustments as necessary so that file paths and links remain completely intact.
Longer Transition Time: Don’t succumb to the myth that a website must be transferred under cover of darkness, all in one night. That’s just not practical for most websites, regardless of their size and scope. By keeping the old site active while the new one is setup, website owners have a longer period of time to transfer files and make sure everything is in place. A slow, measured approach is the best one for website continuity.
No Lost Files: It’s easy to forget a file or directory folder when transferring websites, but a longer transition and testing period will reduce the likelihood of that occurring. It’ll be easier to notice a missing file if there’s at least a few days of testing and simultaneous operation.

 

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2. Use a Web-Based Control Panel to Download Complete Backups

Website owners who are new to running a website or transferring its contents to a new server might believe that they have to open their FTP client and individually download each file and folder from the old site, and then upload those items in an equally slow and painful way. While this is certainly one method of getting the job done, it’s likely the slowest and the most prone to error. That’s why companies like cPanel have created comprehensive backup and restoration tools that can be used during website transfers.

Backups work in a pretty simple way: When a backup is requested via cPanel or another web-based site control panel, the server zips all of the site’s files and folders into a highly compact, compressed file. This compressed file makes it easy to transfer the site’s contents, since it requires only one upload to get the job done.

When the file is uploaded via the cPanel backup tool to the new website’s server, cPanel will automatically decompress the file and place all of its files and folders where they belong. In addition to making the transfer process easier, using a compressed backup file also ensures that an identical folder structure is preserved on the new server, which means there’s a greatly reduced likelihood of lost pages and “404” errors. This same backup process can be used with each MySQL database utilized by the website.

3. Verify the Integrity of All Files and Databases

Whether files are moved individually or via a compressed backup tool, one thing is consistent across both methods: Files are prone to corruption during the big move. This isn’t something that happens very often, but it’s certainly within the realm of the possible. Why does this matter? Well, a corrupted file can lead to “page not found” errors, and a corrupted database could lead to large chunks of content or user data being lost for good. The key to avoiding these nightmare scenarios is to comprehensively test the website and scan its databases.

Tools like phpMyAdmin make it easy to look at a database’s rows, columns, and cells, verifying that information transferred properly when it was moved to the new server. Furthermore, simply using the site’s software, like WordPress, will quickly reveal if database or file corruption issues are preventing the site from working properly.

This is another key reason to make sure that two simultaneous sites, one old and one new, are running during the transfer process. By being able to compare, contrast, and test, big problems can be solved early. Then, when the new site is fully functional and its contents are identical to the old site, website owners can change a few DNS records at night and ensure a mostly seamless transition to the new website or end users.

Transfer Your Website: A Surprisingly Simple Process

Starting to transfer your website seems daunting at the outset, but it certainly doesn’t have to be daunting at all. With careful planning, website owners can ensure the redundancy of their site during an extended transfer period, ensure a bit of database and file testing after things have been moved over, and transition end users to the new site only when it’s completely ready. This will preserve traffic, user engagement levels, and search engine performance, which are essential in today’s highly competitive world of online discussion and commerce.

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