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Recently for a number of reasons I've been working with individuals that are taking a website and moving them from one hosting provider to another.  Sometimes these moves are taking the existing site as is, other times it is migrating to a "new site" at the same time.  However, after doing at least 10-12 of these in the past few months a few common points of "confusion" have come to light.  As such, due to popular request I'll lay out the basics of how to move a website from one hosting provider to another and discuss the component parts that are involved in such a move. Although a bit "off" from my normal development or performance topics this is still a very real thing for many people!

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Over the past few months we have seen a number of situations where we encounter customers that have had horrendous issues with their websites.  As we work to resolve issues for these customers we often find that key information that either allows us to help them, or that would have prevented then from being in the situation that they were placed in.  After seeing a number of common trends we thought it would be important to start sharing some insight on some key items that should be known by all website owners, regardless of their technical ability.

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We have been busy here at IowaComputerGurus for a while as we have been heads-down working on a massive set of updates to the documents, modules, tools, and resources that we make available on this site.  In addition to a major update for our brand and visual appeal.  It is with great honor that I reveal to you the fruits of our labor from the past months!

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Managing risk is an important subject for any business and to continue our series of discussions around risk management strategies for web assets I want to spend a bit of time regarding DNS and domain registrations.  In Computer Science there is a common term, Separation of Concerns, that defines architecture recommendations for software development with a focus on modularity in design.  When looking at your Domain Registrations, DNS Entries and hosting it is important to employ a similar strategy to avoid potential risks in the future. This post will investigate the types of risk that you can be exposed to and our recommendations on how you can mitigate the risks.

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Over the past 24 hours we have assisted a large number of customers with server disasters, mostly stemming from a series of Windows Updates that went horribly wrong.  I blogged about the main issue on my personal blog today under the title, Windows Updates, Monitoring, and ASP.NET Oops!.  If you have not yet read this article, I strongly recommend you check it out as well as continuing with this article.  By most accounts that type of an issue would be considered a disaster with sites being down and resources unavailable to perform their regular duties.  Today's excitement prompted a lot of questions regarding the concept of true disaster preparedness and what levels of protection a customer needs to ensure their assets are properly protected. 

In this posting I will review the concept of Disaster Recovery Planning as we see it here at IowaComputerGurus.  Our goal here is to educate, to ensure that in the unfortunate case of a disaster that minimal data, if any, is lost.

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It is a regular occurrence for us to receive requests from people that are experiencing extreme issues.  It could be a single site that is down, a whole server that is having problems or any combination of other issues.  While we totally understand the urgency behind each of these requests, it is amazing the types of security risks that users will put themselves into, just to get help.  In this post I will outline our "best practices" recommendation for balancing the line between security and the urgency for help.

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