Whether you have a site with just static html pages or a dynamic database-driven one, this step-by-step migration guide will help you get started with your new DV server. This guide is by no means comprehensive but it should cover the basics to get you on your way.
When ordering your new server, there are a couple things to keep in mind:
The new server cannot have the same domain as an existing service at the time it is ordered (although this can be changed later, if desired)
Don't use a subdomain of a domain that is currently on another service. You could use something like new-example.com, or just a random string of characters like igw8aclrj2.net.
Moving your site to (mt) Media Temple involves a few simple but important steps:
Lower the TTL for the domain(s) you will be migrating.
Set up the new server.
Back up all website content, databases, and emails from your current host.
Upload files and import your databases to your new hosting service at (mt) and re-create any email accounts.
Update database connection strings and system paths to match the environment.
Test the site using your IP address.
Change DNS settings.
Double-check migration accuracy, cancel old service.
Important! Make sure to migrate all of your site data to your Media Temple server server before switching your DNS to point to Media Temple. This will make the migration process easier and greatly reduce downtime.
Note that this guide assumes you still have access to your old host. To view the complete step-by-step guide and learn more about managing your DV Server, visit Media Temple's Support Community.
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