Re: Thanks Steve

    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 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.
    > Steve
    > 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 ...
    >>> -Max-
    >>> 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.