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Website rehosting and installation

Migrate your Drupal site onto a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA. Salsa will work with you to setup and migrate your new Drupal site (any supported version or distribution) onto the GovCMS Platform as a Service (PaaS) secure public cloud offering.

What is GovCMS?

GovCMS is a whole-of-government, open source web content management system designed by government for government and hosted on a secure public cloud. Find out more about GovCMS

Why you might need GovCMS website rehosting and installation services

There may be many reasons why you might need GovCMS rehosting and installation services, such as:

  • Outdated infrastructure: Your current hosting infrastructure may be outdated, which can make your site(s) difficult to manage, difficult to enhance, and highly vulnerable to security issues and incidents.

  • Poorly managed infrastructure: Your current hosting infrastructure is out of date, and/or not being updated/patched resulting in poor site performance and potential imminent outages and/or exposure to security vulnerabilities.

  • Cloud strategy: As part of your digital transformation or cloud strategy, you may need to move away from an ‘on-premise’ infrastructure to a cloud platform.

Benefits of GovCMS website rehosting and installation services

Benefits of moving your site onto the GovCMS platform include:

  • High level of security: The GovCMS platform has high levels of security, including protection against DDOS attacks.

  • Compliance: GovCMS is compliant with the DTA’s cloud hosting standards/requirements and government requirements around retention, disaster recovery, security, etc.

  • A managed platform: GovCMS removes your management burden for platform hosting and the worry of not having the in-house capability and capacity to manage your site.

  • 24/7 monitoring: GovCMS is monitored 24/7 to ensure a secure and reliable platform.

  • Redirect your focus: Peace of mind that your website is on a secure, compliant and managed platform so you can focus on strategy and delivering great digital content.

One fixed flat rate for all ‘like-for-like’ PaaS hosting migrations

Fixed price hosting migrations are available for sites that meet some basic criteria (see assumptions and exclusions below). We also accommodate any variations and can work with you to determine your needs and find a fixed rate package to add to your base migration if needed.

We keep it simple, one simple fixed flat fee for any ‘as-is, like-for-like’ hosting migrations when migrating from one site to a new site with the exact same configuration. We’ll migrate the old site exactly as it is, onto a new GovCMS PaaS account at one fixed flat price regardless of how many pages and modules.

There are some upfront considerations to make sure the migration process runs smoothly, so we’ll work closely with you early on to determine what’s needed.

Cost: $4,900 +GST per site

Three optional hosting migration and/or support uplift packages to customise your migration

During the intake we'll work with you to understand what, if any, optional extra support package you may require based on your specific needs. Variations can include upgrading patch level/s, security, or module versions. We offer three additional fixed price migration uplift packages to augment your base PaaS migration.

We’ll provide technical expertise covering migration DevOps functions to accommodate and/or support migration complexities to suit your individual PaaS migration.

PaaS migration and/or support pack costs:

  1. 20 hours(Small) — Cost: $3,900 +GST

  2. 30 hours(Medium) — Cost: $5,850 +GST

  3. 40 hours(Large) — Cost: $7,800 +GST

Engagement process

Salsa follows the engagement process below:

  1. Review questionnaire or brief: Agency to complete a light questionnaire (or send Salsa a high level project brief) reflecting basic requirements and/or project key business drivers.

  2. Intake and alignment: Salsa conducts a free 30-45 minute intake phone call to align on scope, expectations and overall engagement requirements based on the questionnaire or brief.

  3. Discovery: Carry out detailed validation of host/site audit and preparation activities for migration process with agency.

  4. Host setup: Stand up and configure GovCMS platform for migration, install relevant modules, versions, etc.

  5. Migration: Migrate site to GovCMS PaaS, Salsa to smoke test and QA migration.

  6. UAT: Full regression testing with agency product owner.

  7. Go live/switch over: Switch over and go live, agency to QA check the site.

Fixed price basic eligibility criteria — assumptions

To ensure that the base PaaS hosting migration runs smoothly the following must apply to the expected migration:

  • Single point of contact to manage the entire migration process

  • GovCMS MOU signed with the Department of Finance with relevant PaaS account access setup

  • As-is migrations cover any pre-existing supported Drupal version or distribution from current source to GovCMS PaaS

  • Based on existing site configuration only per individual site moving to PaaS

  • No changes in site architecture — ‘like-for-like’

  • No changes or upgrades to the Drupal version, modules or patch levels — ‘like-for-like’

  • Access to external GovCMS IPs are setup by the agency and available

  • PaaS migrations only, Department of Finance directly manages all SaaS migrations

If you need or would like to take advantage of the migration window to make any functional or technical changes to gain time and cost efficiencies, we recommend using any of the fixed price uplift package services in addition to the base migration service.

Fixed price basic eligibility criteria — exclusions

The base migration service also excludes the following, which would require additional discovery prior to migration:

  • Any search engine conversions e.g. changing legacy Acquia search to SOLR

  • Integrating external API server-side applications/connections or re-architecting

  • Complex and non-standard theme deployments including NodeJS-based frontend build tools

  • ‘Re-architecting’ changes in platform e.g. multi or poly-sites

  • 'Re-architecting' from Composer-based site to non-Composer-based site (i.e. compiled codebase)

  • Excludes training for familiarisation onto PaaS ‘container-based’ platform hosting —see optional pricing below


  1. Pre-migration site audit report: Review questionnaire and briefing results.

  2. Migration delivery report: Developed from the discovery baseline migration site structure and modules, versions, and expected activities.

  3. Post-migration risk assessment report: Details modules and patch versions based on live deployment version against latest available GovCMS distribution.

  4. Go-live run sheet with agency checklist.


  • Agency site running on GovCMS PaaS, a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA

  • New site with a robust baseline for future improvements and enhancements

Fixed price packages

Fixed price base hosting migration package (which meets the eligibility criteria above):




Fixed price hosting migration package

‘AS-IS’ migration from source to target for sites meeting basic eligibility criteria

$4,900 +GST

Fixed price optional extras to accommodate variations and more complex migrations

If you require additional assistance for your migration, these fixed price packages are available for your unique or more complex hosting migration. For a total cost with options, just add any of the optional extra fixed price packages required below to the standard fixed pricing hosting migration package cost above:

Developer training PaaS 'container-based’ platform onboarding

1 day (8hrs @ $195/h +GST)

Recommended for agencies wanting to manage their own PaaS environment.

Aimed at senior technical platform hosting and developer (DevOps) team.

$1,560 +GST

+20 hour migration support pack

20 hours @ $195/h +GST

To accommodate and/or support migration complexities

$3,900 +GST

+30 hour migration support back

30 hours @ $195/h +GST

To accommodate and/or support migration complexities

$5,850 +GST

+40 hour migration support pack

40 hours @ $195/h +GST

To accommodate and/or support migration complexities

$7,800 +GST

Other good things to know

  • Optional migration uplift packages available to augment the base migration services to suit your site migration to allow for upgrades, security patching, adding additional functionality, or re-architecting if required. Further custom packages are also available. 

What you get

When we migrate your website onto GovCMS, the specific deliverable is a ‘new’ site built on an efficient, fast, and flexible Drupal framework hosted on a resilient platform.  

You also have access to:

  • The digital agency that’s the official service provider of the entire GovCMS platform and program

  • A highly qualified and experienced digital agency that has delivered over 30 GovCMS projects since 2015

  • GovCMS product and project delivery specialists with extensive experience in site migration

  • A proven and trusted migration tool, with access to a customised client interface that tracks your migration

  • GovCMS technical solution architect to provide a high level of technical governance and oversight to your project

Case Studies

102 GovCMS SaaS sites live on the next generation open platform

Media release: 102 GovCMS sites are now live on the new GovCMS platform, moving from the previous system to the Salsa Digital and platform. This migration marks the official launch of the second-generation GovCMS.


Consolidating 25+ legacy sites onto open source CMS as a service

Salsa Digital brought together 25+ legacy sites (running across three different content management systems — Joomla, Drupal and WordPress — with different and out-of-date versions) into one common architecture platform. Now all sites are running on an up-to-date CMS with the latest patch versions applied, providing a clean foundation to maintain patches moving forward.


Large-scale Drupal migration for Court Services Victoria

Hot on the heels of our last successful govCMS migration came our next big mandate, this time from Court Services Victoria, the statutory body that supports the administration of Victoria’s courts and tribunals.


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Developer experience

Developer experience and codebase control are essential elements for any digital project. Salsa projects are built on standardised and proven development processes and tools. This delivers rapid deployments, greater predictability, reduced risk of regression errors and overall developer confidence and happiness.


Other GovCMS services

Salsa’s other fixed price GovCMS services include:

Website assessments and advisory services

Make an informed decision on whether GovCMS is right for you.

GovCMS theme development and enhancement services

Theme your GovCMS Drupal site to represent your agency’s brand and visual look and feel.

Content migration and consolidation

Migrate your proprietary and/or legacy site onto Drupal GovCMS backed by a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform with a 99.95% uptime SLA.

Site audits and technical reviews

Site audits and technical reviews help you identify any problems in your site, including security and performance issues.

Theme review

Make sure your site is accessible by all users and optimised to be viewed on different devices and internet browsers.

Code review

Does your website’s module code follow best practice to maximise your site’s performance and stability?

Ongoing GovCMS application support

Whether you’re on GovCMS SaaS or PaaS, ongoing GovCMS application support ensures the application layer for your website continues to remain secure and up-to-date (PaaS only), while also allowing you to build new enhancements and ad-hoc features.

User testing

Salsa provides user testing packages across visitor experience, content author experience, and user acceptance testing (UAT).

GovCMS out-of-the-box

Build and host a new site quickly on a resilient, secure, monitored and fully managed public cloud platform backed by a 99.95% uptime SLA, leveraging GovCMS’s ‘out-of-the-box’ features.

Back to all fixed price GovCMS services

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