Pardon Any Dust … I’ve Switched Web Hosts

Filed in Site News by Matt McGee on February 20, 2013 7 Comments

If you can see this blog post, you’re seeing the domain on its new servers at Tiger Tech. This is a Good Thing, but there are a couple FYIs to share:

  • I’ve never moved a blog from one hosting company to another, so there may be broken images or other signs of destruction — particularly on older posts, I’d assume. If you spot anything unusual, I’d love to hear about it.
  • Because I did a poor job of timing the move and importing content from the old WordPress install to the new one, all of the comments on the previous blog post — Old SEO Tools vs. New SEO Tools — have disappeared. I’m sorry! I think those are the only comments missing.

I chose Tiger Tech because that’s where both Search Engine Land and Marketing Land are hosted, and our technical people say they’re a great hosting company. The process of switching hosts was easier than I expected it to be, thanks in part to the excellent online support I found from Tiger Tech. I’ll likely be moving all of my other blogs to Tiger Tech soon.

In any case, this is just a heads up about those two items above. Normal blogging will resume shortly!

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  1. D Alan Redd says:

    I’m sending a bit of empathy your way .. I too recently moved my blog from one server to the other .. I’m really glad that I kept track of my images/media .. I’m still going in and rewriting some links to fit tho’ .. it can certainly be a process.

  2. Never want to lose your posts, Matt. We can make more comments!

  3. jim says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve been wanting to switch hosts for a little while…

  4. James Bullis says:

    Hate to see you had so much trouble. I don’t know all of the details of your move but I highly recommend investing in a tool like Backup Creator. I move sites around everyday with it. It prevents a lot of these types of heartaches.

  5. Justin says:

    Yup, Tigertech is awesome! Simple, clean, interface and support that gets it done. Every aspect is well thought out and saves time. Just the email support pages alone are worth the price.

    When it comes to archiving or migrating blogs, I find BlogVault.com an amazing resource. Think Apple Time Machine for your blog. It backs up to the cloud and let’s you restore to anywhere. Pretty cool. ;)

  6. Jacob says:

    What a strange coincidence. I was meaning to ask you a question about the SEO implications of changing hosts. Major search engines of course know that you have changed hosts/IP addresses… any implications?

    • Matt McGee says:

      Hey Jacob — it’s only been a week, but no implications at all. A great many websites are on shared hosting and don’t have a static IP, so it changes on a regular basis and doesn’t impact SEO at all.

      I don’t expect any trouble. Actually, if there are implications, I expect them to be positive because I experienced too much downtime and too slow response time at my previous host. Things are so far much better with Tiger Tech on both those counts, so that’s a positive.

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