On the Gold Coast of Australia, you can find ancient rainforests, mangrove-covered islands, world-famous surfing beaches, and, of course, Blake.
Blake Hampson is a self-employed digital marketing pro and SEO whiz who uses Jetpack for all his clients’ websites. An admitted workaholic and botany aficionado (who, by the way, doesn’t surf), he was kind enough to chat with us about his work life as a Jetpack user.
If you manage a WordPress site, there may come a time when you’ll want to change your web hosting service.
Why Would You Need to do This?
Our users report three common situations when a site migration becomes necessary:
You’ve decided to move to a different host (or a different service at the same one) because of different requirements or you’ve found a more affordable option.
Problems with your existing host Your host is experiencing problems (or has been hacked), which means your website is offline or unsafe.
A new version of your site
You are ready to launch a new version of your site and you need to migrate it from your testing or staging server to the live site.
Migrating your site to a new host or server can be a daunting task. The biggest risks involve data loss and website downtime — which may then lead to unexpected costs if you need to employ someone to fix it up.
The easiest way to ensure a smooth transition is to automatically maintain off-site backups and use those to migrate your site.
Put Your Automated Backups to Work
Having a recent and easily-accessible backup is your contingency plan for accidental damage, malware, and brute-force attacks. Many website owners rely on backups provided and managed by their host. However, this doesn’t include the option to restore your backup to a new site — especially if the new site is hosted elsewhere.
Jetpack’s restore service can be used for website migrations and will transfer your entire database, all your plugins, settings, and themes, as well as all your content and images.
You can use your website backup to clone your site instead of downloading your content or manually managing your files with FTP.
Get Your Website Up and Running Faster
One of the many benefits of having a quality website backup available at your fingertips is that you can perform your migration whenever you want.
Jetpack makes it easy to manage it yourself — saving you both time and money because you don’t have to hire anyone or wait on support staff. This gives you total control over when your website is migrated so you can choose your website’s low-traffic periods to minimize interruptions.
Jetpack’s migrations mean your site will be up and running quickly. Depending on your site, downtime could mean a loss of income or reduced search engine rankings. High-traffic sites that generate revenue, like eCommerce, subscription, or advertising sites are particularly sensitive to downtime.
Receive Help Whenever You Need It
It’s normal to be nervous about moving your site, but you don’t have to do it alone. Jetpack’s plans all provide access to expert support. If you have any questions along the way, you can ask one of our dedicated Happiness Engineers.
Every minute your website is offline can have an impact on your site’s success.
For revenue-generating sites, downtime or hacking can mean loss of data, income, and reputation.
For any site, downtime can mean loss of search engine rankings and traffic.
You’ll Regret Skimping on Security
Nobody wants to think about their website getting hacked. However, adopting precautionary measures will give you peace of mind, a safety net, and can save you a lot of money. Without a security and backup service, getting your site online after a hack will require the (often costly) services of a developer.
The time and cost of a professional as well as the potential loss of income from a broken website could be avoided with a comparatively small investment. Our paid plans including full, automated backups start from an affordable $39 per year. That’s less than 11 cents a day.
Jetpack’s team of Happiness Engineers. Ready to provide priority support the moment you need it.
Wasted Time is Lost Money
Just by existing, your website is susceptible to hacking, malware, spam, and security vulnerabilities. If your experience a loss of data without a backup, you could lose precious work, information, and momentum in growing your site’s traffic.
A complete web security strategy includes not just automated backups, but easy access to them! The faster you can access your site’s backup, the sooner you can restore it to its former glory.
If for some reason your website goes down, Jetpack will alert you and you’ll be able to revert your site in one click from your dashboard. You can be your own hero and act quickly without having to call a developer.
More Bang for Your Buck
Building a website costs money, from hosting to domain name registration. A lot of website owners cut corners when it comes to web security and choose free plugins and tools. Free backup plugins can help you save a copy of your site, but that’s only half the battle.
The regular malware scans, automated backups, easy restoring, and expert help provided in Jetpack’s Premium and Professional plans (starting at just $99 per year) cover the security needs of websites great and small.
On top of that, our plans include all the social, media, and traffic-boosting features that any website can benefit from.
Receive Help Whenever You Need It
And if all else fails, you still don’t need to shell out for additional professional services. All paying Jetpack customers benefit from fast, expert, priority support from our team of WordPress experts.