Migrate Systems and Process to the Cloud

If you have decided to migrate your systems and process it to the Cloud, this is one of the biggest decisions you can make. It is a decision that will help you to take your business to the next level, and it will allow for far more innovation and creativity.

However. This is a difficult process that requires quite a bit of skill and patience – and if you do not have it, you might end up with some growing pains that you didn’t expect. Being able to migrate your systems to the Cloud quickly and easily isn’t necessarily the goal – it should be to migrate it without problems and added risk.

When you migrate systems and process to the Cloud, there are a few things you want to keep in mind to determine your Cloud Readiness and actually moving to the Cloud:

Cloud Provider

One of the most important decisions you can make is to choose the best Cloud provider for your services. There are quite a few to choose from, and it will depend on many different factors. If you know of a specific Cloud provider, make sure that you are looking beyond that. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it the best option.
Some of the most common options are Amazon Web Services, Azure IaaS, Azure PaaS, IBM Softlayer, Google App Engine, and Digital Ocean.

In order to determine which one you want, you need to look at the strengths and weaknesses of each and then look at what you actually need – why use a Cloud provider that has great strengths in areas you don’t need but is only middling where you need help? Some of the items you want to look at include capacity, cost, and upkeep.

Preparations

Once you have chosen which Cloud provider you will use, you need to start the prep work for migration. Proper planning is key to a smooth transition, and if you do that, you will see more success.

You want to look at your applications and see which ones you should move first – typically the ones that aren’t critical and are the easiest to move. This will allow you to get an idea about how things move, any problems that may arise, and if you really did choose the right provider.

During this stage, you’ll also see how your application architecture will change and how your application portfolio’s performance will change. By working in small increments, you will be able to catch any massive problems before they happen. You can also complete any trainings that you need, which will help your staff adjust to the learning curve that will exist, no matter how well prepared you are.

Some of the other things you’ll need to plan for during this stage are:
•    How will you handle downtime?
•    Will you have to update the code? (YOU WILL)
•    How will troubles be addressed?
•    How will we measure performance?
•    How will our security be impacted?

Actual Migration

If you have planned well and made your decisions appropriately, the actual migration process should be smooth. This does not mean it will be quick or easy – you will still need to put in some work. Depending on how much data you will be moving, you will have to learn different techniques and styles of migration to actually move everything – you cannot use a “one size fits all” approach to this.

One of the most important parts of your migration is to keep track of your security. It should be the most important part of migration, especially if you have sensitive information for your clients or customers. You need to worry about security – there is no other option.

Use Good Migration Tools

Of course, good migration tools can help you to get the job completed. Moving databases and application portfolios can be extremely difficult, even if you have good tools. You want to have a team on your side that will help you with measuring the success of your migration and keeping you safe.

Even better, you want to find a team that will help you with measuring the success of your transfer as well – you’ll want to do your research here as well.

Do not skip any of these steps, or you will inevitably have a breakdown somewhere along the way. The good news is that there are migration tools that can help you with almost every step of the process.

Network Compatible

Riva Slider is completely WordPress Network (formerly Multi-Site) compatible. Whether you have network activated it or are activating it on each site individually, there will be no problems. Each site can have its own set of slideshows, in exactly the same way a standard WordPress site can. In-fact, all functionality will function in the same format as a standard site. Perfect!

 

Backup Functionality

 Riva Slider comes with great backup functionality. Check out the two different kinds below.

All Settings

Via the ‘Global Settings’ menu, you can export all of your plugin settings (including slideshows) into a .txt file which your browser will download. To restore the plugin at any time, simply paste the code from this .txt file into the ‘Import’ text-box and all of the settings will be extracted from it. This even works if you import settings from a previous version of the plugin. Brilliant!

Multiple Navigation Types

 Riva Slider comes with many different types of navigation options. Check them out below.

Riva Slider Pro comes with three different “Control Navigation” types; “Icons”, “Numbers” and “Thumbnails”. When using thumbnails, options will appear allowing you to control their width and height.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The “Direction Navigation” displays two arrows on the slideshows allowing users to transition between the next and previous images. These can be positioned inside or outside the slideshow. You can also choose to fade them in only when the user hovers over the slideshow, or show them permanently. When using the Riva Slider Pro, you can also avail of the “Pause Button” feature. This allows you to pause the slideshow mid-cycle, and resume it by clicking the button again. It can also be positioned in various different areas of the slideshows, such as in any of the four corners or in the center. Try it below (hover over the slideshow).
 

Video Support

With Riva Slider, it is easy to link an image to a video. When editing an image, you can set the “Link Image Too” option to “Video”, and an option to insert the video’s URL will appear (along with some other settings).

Riva Slider will recognize links to both YouTube and Vimeovideos. Unlike other plugins, with the Riva Slider you can insert the link used to watch a video (directly from your browsers address bar) and the plugin will extract the video from that link automatically.

 

Welcome to the Demo

Welcome to our demo page. Here you can test the Riva Slider Pro before you decide to purchase. Take some time to get a feel for things and see how the interface works.

 

We have setup a few slideshows, each with various different settings, for you look around at. Be sure to check out different “Slideshow Editor” panels.

Notice: Some of the functionality has been disabled in this demo. You will be able to edit each slideshow, but you won’t be able to actually save the changes you make, create slideshows, delete or duplicate them, etc.

If you have any pre-sales questions or general enquiries, let us know via our Support Page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.