Thanks for the info, Steve. Doesn't sound like fun. :(
On 1/01/08, Steve wrote:
> In short, yes and yes. Changing web hosts generally involves
> changing the primary and secondary DNS nameservers for a domain.
> Your new web host will instruct you about the specific procedures
> for changing the nameservers. This procedure must generally be
> done with the REGISTRAR for your domain, i.e., the company you
> purchased xyz.com from, NOT your former web host (although they
> could both be one and the same company).
> So what happens is basically this: You tell your current web host
> provider, Company A, to get lost, stop paying your bill, or
> whatever. At some point Company A responds by purging your web
> page data from their system, and so your web page goes down. From
> that point, anyone trying to access your web page will get a '404
> not found' page from company A. It will stay that way forever, as
> long as Company A is still alive and your nameservers are still
> assigned to them through your domain registrar. Meanwhile, you
> decide to sign up with a new web host, Company B, who will then
> ask you to reassign your domain's nameservers to them, a process
> that is done through your domain registrar like I said before. So
> you go ahead and do that, but nothing else. Three days later you
> open a browser and try and access your old web page. Now instead
> of '404 not found' from Company A, it will say '404 not found'
> from Company B. Now, you can finally upload your old web page (by
> FTP or whatever) to company B and everything will work again like
> it used to with company A.
> Moving to a new web host is a little like moving to a new
> apartment. It takes a little while for all the change of address
> cards to get recorded in all your friend's and relative's address
> books. If you try to do this address change just through the main
> post office, it takes forever to finally get all your forwarded
> mail, so the WWW doesn't do it that way. The reason the web SEEMS
> to work so fast, and why it may be counterintuitive that this DNS
> update process should take as long as three days to complete is
> because all the nameservers, all the address books on the planet
> that have information about where your web domain actually is
> (i.e, which specific IP address maps to your domain name) are up
> to date and ready to serve out information on a moment's notice,
> as long as nothing changes.
> Hope this helps clarify a little.
> On 12/31/07, C wrote:
>> Thank you Max for the recommendation.
>> Has anyone ever transferred their domain and hosting to another
>> webhost? I'm a little apprehensive because I don't know what all
>> is involved. Would my site go offline during the transfer, and
>> would I have to manually add everything back?
>> Thanks again.
>> On 12/28/07, Max wrote:
>>> The link didn't show up ..
>>> It's ... http://www.cleverdot.com
>>> On 12/28/07, Max wrote:
>>>> I like this one (see link below) for three reasons ...
>>>> 1) It's cheap ... about $35 per year!
>>>> 2) They support tons of things, PHP/MySQL, lots of email
>>>> accounts and lots of storage.
>>>> 3) They have "fantastico". That's where you can install
>>>> WordPress, CubeCart, Joomla, lots of other things with the
>>>> click of a button ... automatically.