my site has outgrown the shared hosting account it's on and i've setup a VPS that i'll be moving to soon. I cannot keep the same IP between my new account and the old one and I'm a bit at loss as to how to minimize user downtime while the new IP is reflected in all DNS caches. Note I cannot have the site running on both accounts at the same time as it's a dating site and this would cause data inconsistency.
Here's what i am planning to do :
- Put up a 'under maintenance' page on old host
- Get the site up and running on new host, and update domain to point to new host.
- Hope downtime isn't too long.
Would it be a good idea to have a link on the page in (1) that opens the new site but using it's ip ? Or even redirect all requests at the old host, to the new one (again by ip) ?
Any advice much appreciated.