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The main part I am wondering about is transferring the SSL certificate.
As far as I can tell I need to revoke our current license on the shared server then renew it so I can move it to the new dedicated server.
This seems like it could take some time.
I was hoping for a seamless transition for customers but it is looking more like the store won't be functional for a few days as the DNS picks up the change and the digital certificate gets transferred.
I was wondering how some of might handle the situation.
Do you close your store till the transition is done?
Do you just let orders happen during the transition, hope for the best and put out fires if customers complain?
I had also considered buying an additional SSL certificate and have it set up on the new server but I'm not sure I can do that until the site is actually live, Versign seems reluctant to issue a certificate to an IP address. Buying an additional certificate is also the most expensive option.
joined:Jan 3, 2003
If I am wrong and this is a big shop, let your tech stuff worry about it, or buy another certificate...for instance for a similar domain, like if your domain is mywidgetstore.com, get certificate for mywidgetsstore.com, point shopping cart to it, when you move old certificate over just switch it back.
There are many other ways, I presume
I was able to get the existing private key and CRT from the admin for the shared server so maybe I can plug those in when the time comes.
aleksl- the site is a 'big store' to me (cleared 6 figures in 2006) but you are correct in assuming that I do not have a technical staff to sort this out for me.