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Website/Email Migration Requirements and Information

 MODIFIED Date: 8/16/2020 |  User Level: |  Views: 109

For those that need to have their hosting on another server we are going to detail the process on GoDaddy. Any webhost will work.


  • Windows Web Server - We recommend the latest Windows Server available as you will received the best security and reliability that Microsoft currently has to offere.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 or higher - This is where all the core files and security reside. Business Yeti utilizes the latest version (2019 at the time of this writing). The file you receive from us will be compatible with the 2014 version and later.


These are optional as they are something we provide but your new provider may or may not have them in their default packages.

  • Enterprise Firewall - We use an F5 firewall but any firewall will do.
  • Unlimited bandwidth - If you have a lower traffic volume this may not apply but this is something we always have looked for so that we don't get any charges for going beyond what is offered.
  • Unlimited disk space - Disk space is critical as your business grows. Make certain you have enough disk space not only for your web site but any temporary files and operating system growth needs for optimial performance.
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) - When someone downloads off of your website they can only download a specified number of files in a single push. If you have more files than a single push can be handled by the customers web browser (or web server) then multiple transmissions will happen. This is normal and to be expected. You can further improve performance by offloading files to a CDN. This allows you to download files from multiple sources. CDN's also offer a benefit by making files closer to your customers location.
  • Backups - Not a requirement but something that is important. Having a system that backs up your files is definitely a good thing. Make certain that your website files as wel as your database files are backed up.
  • Email Server - Email is the most critical method of communicating and you've already invest in your own domain name (e.g. domain.com). This is the first step in always looking professional for your customers compared to having an aol.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com, or outlook.com. This is something you own and control. Make certain to find a solution that works for you and the growth of your business.


We chose GoDaddy hosting as the solution to document as most of our customers have their domain registrar information already on GoDaddy and this further simplifies the process while also making it so that you don't forget to pay your annual domain registrar fees (approximately $15/year).

We will be outlining two options. The first gives you the closest configuration to what Business Yeti's web servers provide. The second is the lowest cost tier we recommend.

Dedicated Server

Source - https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/windows-dedicated-server

All of the plans will work under the dedicated hosting. With Business Yeti you had the Value Plan for your hosting but the Economy Plan will work just as well. The difference between the two is that the Value Plan offers the following above the Economy Plan:

  • More Memory
  • More Hard Drive Space

By choosing the dedicated server option you will receive the best possible performance. Rather than hundreds of other websites on the same physical hardware the users will be reduced to a small handful of users.

Savings Opportunity - You can further save on pricing with a dedicated plan by paying for multiple years at a time rather than going month-to-month.

Non-Dedicated Hosting or Shared Hosting

Source - https://www.godaddy.com/hosting/windows-hosting

Often saving money is a critical decision. Looking at shared hosting provides a great way to save money. We recommend the Ultimate Plan they provide as it has the largest database size along with the easiest upgrade if you grow beyond what the shared solution provides.

Savings Opportunity - You can further save on pricing with a dedicated plan by paying for multiple years at a time rather than going month-to-month.

Transition Steps

To transition we will make a backup at the last possible second of your website files and database as any changes to your website after this time won't be in the backup. Below is what we provide as a whole:

  • Backup (Website) - This is the core files needed for your website and will contain the content management system (CMS) and many of the images. Summary:
    • Some images are usually stored within the database.
    • .ZIP file of everything in the website at the time of backup.
  • Backup (Database) - The heart of your website and your CMS. This is the Microsoft SQL Server backup and will be a single file. Summary:
    • .ZIP file of the Microsoft SQL Server .bak file. This is compressed into a .ZIP as it saves space for the download.
  • Dropbox - All of your files will be shared from a Dropbox account to your primary email address. They will reside on here for up to 30 days or when you state you no longer need them and then be permanently removed from the server.
  • Email - If hosting is on our server you will need to download all of the files using your new email server software. Each email software solution has the ability to do a server-to-server transfer so we don't need to provide you a file of this as your new provider will help you with this.

Additional Support

Once the files are backed up and stored on the Dropbox server we will cancel all billing of your account so that you no longer receive any bills from us. We are always available to assist you and will just be billed at our current hourly rate in 15-minute increments and billed each day to your credit card you have on file. If you do not have a credit card on file you will need one for us to assist you.