E-Commerce Migration Service

The purpose of website migrations is to fix underlying technical issues. It lifts content from the existing website and then places it on a more competent platform.E-Commerce Website Migration A successful migration requires a project plan outlining the benefits and the journey to get there. An agile project plan allows the business to focus on a sequence of smaller deliverables making it much easier to set and meet targets.

Platform Migration

A platform migration is a lift and shift of existing content. So it replaces underlying technology to realize new capabilities. The platform should have the following capabilities:

Transition Planning

The transition plan takes extra steps to preserve the commercial value of the existing URL because slight deviations can result in a complete loss. Commercial value means there is existing traffic from backlinks and organic search results. Ninety five percent of websites get no traffic and they can entirely skip this step.Website Quality Guarantee The transition plan may include remapping URL to improve SEO, automate SEO testing, and align with the security standards of the payment card industry. Example are:

Technical SEO

Technical SEO refers to the metadata within the page that supports search engines, social platforms, and other online applications. Most e-commerce website implement it in an ad-hoc way, so cleaning it up can result in a significant boost in page ranking.

There are two types of technical SEO updates. One are the errors detected with automated testing. Details like HTML syntax and is the a description for the search engine of an acceptable length. Website have become complex meaning there are over 100 tests per page.
Broken link repair ensures hyperlinks land on the expected page and avoids page not found errors. It has obvious value for the user experience. However, it is critical for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) because users will bounce. Search bots check hyperlinks to remote sites like your Facebook page. They want all the links to be accurate and relevant. Our broken link scan of 100,000 websites found that 7% have broken links to their Facebook page. The following chart shows the surprising number of broken internal URLs by file type.Error Rates By HTML Tag Type

Search Engine Indicies

Each search engine has an index of URL links to the website. Each page designed to land search results should be in the index, while the others should not. Pages kept out of the index include test deployments, payment pages, redirects, and advertising landing pages. Maintaining the index ensures users do not bounce off the website because the page does not exist. It also promotes new pages as soon as they get deployed.
Backlinks are inbound connections from 3rd party websites that are important for page ranking. Backlink testing starts by extracting them from weblogs and SEO search tools. Then the website administrator works with administrators of the 3rd party sites to fix the errors.

URL Redirect

A redirect is a URL with no content that sends the web browser to another page. They improve useability by ensuring users land on valid pages. Also, search engines use them to update their indexes automatically. Content for each page should exist at a single URL, while there can be many redirects. Carefully managing URLs prevents namespace spatter and dramatically simplifies SEO testing. Common redirects include: The canonical link is the base URL for the page. A typical design pattern tracks advertisements causing users to reach the website with a query string. A query string is the trailing part of the URL after a question mark. If the search bot finds a conical link on the page, it will index that and not use the URL used to discover the page. So the bot can find many different ads with different query strings but only index one page.

Forward Compatibility

Browser compatibility ensure the website works well on the broadest number of websites. There is forward compatibility the ensure the page will render correctly on web browsers released in the future. That means migrating to updated software before support gets dropped. There most common issue is the user getting a blank screen or a a full page security warning. That will crash page ranking before you realize what happened.

Backward Compatibility "Backward compatibility supports web browsers as far back as practical. Those limits come from security


and JavaScript. A good developer is aware of the what they can and cannot use and will runs some on the older technology."

Syntax Errors

The typical web page contains a lot of errors because web browsers do their best to render invalid syntax. But there is obviously no standard way to display the specific errors on a given page. The best practice is to prevent the issue from happening in the first place by validating all the HTML syntax and JavaScript syntax.

On-Page SEO Updates

Scheduled Content Updates

Scheduled content updates add, edit, and delete content. Unlike real-time updates, they maintain the integrity of the links between pages and allow for content review in a test environment. Also, they Google Index for the website and consider the impact to existing backlinks. The update frequency depends on the budget. Changes to the product catalog can be more frequent duu to the higher level of automation. Modifying the website theme and page navigation take more effort and happen more slowly. Collecting SEO data for the page takes weeks, which can cap the the update frequency.

Website updates iThe updates include the following:

Realtime Updates

A real-time update adds functionality to the page but does not change the content expected by the search engine. For example, disabling the buy option when inventory runs out and adjusting the price for a flash sale.

Deployment Management

Deployment management will not make a website successful, but failed deployments will cause significant problems. A quality deployment architecture does the following:

Blue/Green Deployment

A blue/green deployment removes downtime when updating the website. If the existing deployment is blue, then green gets deployed as a production candidate. Sanity testing ensures it works before proceeding. If the test fails, green gets removed, fixed, and redeployed. If green becomes unstable after receiving the production load, it rolls back to blue and resolves the issue.Blue/Green Deployment

System Monitoring

System monitoring ensures the user consistently receives the intended experience. It is a test that generates an alert after getting an unexpected response. Standard monitoring design includes:

Cybersecurity Maintenance

Cybersecurity maintenance makes it difficult for attackers to gain and retain system access. Best practices include:

Eliminate Technical Debt

Technical debt refers to the amount of work required in the future to bring systems up to date before addressing pressing needs. The advantages of debt-free solutions are:

Webserver Redundancy

Webserver redundancy protects the solution from unexpected failure like a hardware crash. An active/active standalone webserver spread across multiple geographic regions is the most reliable because: A common misconception is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) provides redundancy, but it makes the solution more brittle. For example, websites typically disable the cache on the web page, which disables CDN. That means the loss of the backing web server will bring down the website.

Testing Environments

Testing ensures the website meets expectations before users find out it does not. Modern system designs significantly reduced the cost of setting up test environments. The use cases for testing environments are: There are four classes of test environments with varying capabilities.


The production environment runs the business. The others support it.

User Acceptance Test

User Acceptance Test (UAT) is a production clone. It supports validating compliance with the Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) because it has identical security settings, and you don't want penetration tests running in production. It runs load and disaster recovery tests because it has the same hardware capacity and redundancy. The minor difference with production is the DNS name and a tag on each web page to prevent search engine indexing.

Deployment Test

Development Test is to develop infrastructure build scripts, including installation of software, firewalls, and networks. However, it lacks the redundancy and sizing of production, making it more cost-effective. Modern development practices, including DevOps and Agile Project Management, require testing security, performance, disaster recovery, and other infrastructure capabilities from the start of the project. Development test allows that to happen.

Development Test

Development Test is to create the website functionality and content. It resides on a private network, making it easier for a developer to update and run code. The developer can allow connections from the internet, but they are temporary, highly technical to configure and require administrative privileges. The development environment excludes the installation and configuration of infrastructure.Testing Environments