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Estimated cost of switching Web Hosts

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4:02 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am about to embark on a project to move a mid-size website (approximately 200 pages) and the accompanying SQL dbase to a new hosting environment. The site has been built using Microsoft.NET framework.

Wondering if anyone might have an idea of the costs that a developer might charge to transition the site to a new web hosting environment.

Additionally, I am changing developers in the process as well, to what degree will the new developer and the old developer need to collarborate to make this move a success?

9:34 pm on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, to answer your question as briefly as possible, the correct answer is "it depends."

What you're trying to do is move the site from ISP A to ISP B and ensure that the database is migrated with no loss of integrity, correct? Well, that will take a few hours at the very least (verifying data, backups, etc).

As for the developer time to switch, that really depends on how cooperative developer A is with developer B. Is there a manual provided for handling maintenance? Are the tables and triggers named in some obsure klingon language? Are the developers able to meet face to face?

It could take a few days, it could take a few weeks. But I don't see any reason why this should take more than 80 man hours assuming 3 things:
1. Developer B has all the tools (and experience) to do the job and has done this type of transfer before.
2. ISP B has the necessary bandwidth, security and database hosting issues all lined up.
3. The tables and all database related items are DOCUMENTED properly and in a language that most SQL developers can easily understand. (no blueprint? imagine trying to fix a house with no electrical diagram, or plumbing schematic . . . .all bets are off.)

Hire a project manager to oversee this or else have some clauses inserted into your transfer agreement that dictates the 3 items explicitly. Proper planning makes for successful programming. There are (I'm sure) other items to be considered, so continue to ask opinions and don't be afraid!

Good luck,

Patrick Elward

2:42 pm on May 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Patrick, thank you for your response. I actually estimated a total of 4 weeks for the overall project(giving extra time for bumps in the road) with 80 hours worth dedicated to DB admin, and NT Admin work.
So you confirmed my estimates.
 

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