HighEdWeb Assocation
The Annual Conference for Higher Education Web Professionals, Austin, Texas, October 23-26, 2011

Session Details

Management and technical issues in migrating a LAMP hosting environment and its sites

TPR12 Technical: Propeller Hats Required Track

Hill Country A & B


At Princeton University the Office of Information Technology recently completed a project that replaced our old home-grown LAMP web hosting service and its 238 sites with a new LAMP hosting service using the cPanel web hosting environment. This talk will cover the highlights of this large project: - the project methodology we used and how the team was structured; - how our architecture sub-team chose a replacement product; - our customer communications strategy, and how we got 145 customers not under our direct control to migrate their own sites according to our schedule; - some technical specifics concerning the cPanel hosting setup we are using; - the challenges we faced in creating customer sites in cPanel; - the issues and seeming incompatibilities we encountered as in-production web applications were migrated to a fundamentally different technological environment, and the steps we took to overcome these problems.