[This article describes, in overview, two recent migrations Cronen-Townsend Consulting carried out for Boston Review(BR).]
In order to host their upcoming OpenPublish-based site, BR started renting a Rackspace Cloud Server two months ago. This server will become the server for the new BR site, allows efficient changes to site structure, and can be scaled-up easily to support both their growing average needs and any anticipated spikes in traffic.
But their contract with their previous hosting provider expires on Nov. 31, 2010 and involves a two-year commitment. So, when the new web site was not yet ready to take over in early November, the decision was made to let the old contract lapse and port the old site to the new server. This solution avoided entering another two-year hosting contract to cover the time until the new site is completed, but created a new technical challenge: moving the current site to the new host, so that their site would continue to function (on the new host) when the contract for the old host expires a couple days from now.