I suppose it’s been a long time coming and it’s been an incredible relief to have made the migration for 9 different sites and over 40+ GBs of data:
I will say that the migration tool that WP Engine had built is absolutely amazing and following their super-simple instructions resulted in a flawless experience.
This was my biggest issue (and concern) with moving such large properties as there are / were so many moving parts and a ton of opportunities for it to completely fail. To say that my anxiety was “high” would be a pretty large understatement – I freaked out a few times when I felt as if something had not gone completely right.
Especially my larger personal properties where I had been building and writing content for years, the thought of moving tens of thousands of posts and having it all get transferred without loss of data, posts, metadata, and all of the links working as they should was the largest emotional hurdle.
But I’m here to tell you that WP Engine‘s migration was as close to “magical” as you can get and if you have any sites even close to the size of mine then you should have no problem (and their support team was close by to help in the case of an emergency).
Here’s a question that many of you may have: Why move? Great question, and glad you asked.
After having hosted my own properties for over a decade (yes, that long) it was time that I handed it over to real experts. At one point in my life I was pretty darn knowledgeable in most (if not all) things WordPress but after selling that startup and company I had moved on to other technology challenges.
Consequently, my knowledge of how to maximize the technology around WordPress has tapered off and I am no longer interested (nor do I have the time) to stay on top of the very best industry practices and to implement them at scale.
So, I’m happy to hand it off to a business and a company that’s entire mission is push the very boundaries of WordPress while keeping things secure and safe.
But especially, now, the small tactical things like updating plugins (and vetting them for security issues) is no longer in my mediocre hands and is squarely placed into real experts. I’m glad to have this fully off my plate.
So, thanks to WP Engine, this blog (and a few others) will be able to serve me and my readers in the best way possible: Allowing me to just focus on writing while knowing that it’s powered by a safe, secure, and technically-superior infrastructure.
(In full disclosure, one of my previous companies was acquired by WP Engine so this isn’t an endorsement based on that relationship, which was a long time ago. Rather, my trust in them as a service for my own personal properties, like this blog, is new and based on its own earned technical merit.)