How To Switch Website Hosting Providers
- Part III
Step 6: Create Your New Email Account(s)
To make sure you don't miss any email messages during
the transition, you may want to set up your new email account right
away. Whatever you do, make sure you are still able to access
your old email account at the same time because you might receive
email messages at both accounts for 2-4 days.
Set up your email
accounts. If you use auto
or aliases, you can set those
up in your control panel. If your previous host has a mailing
list functionality, you will want to export all the contacts
and populate your new mailing list software or site with those contacts
before switching sites.
Step 7: Change you DNS Information
Finally we can flip the virtual switch!
The key to switching the web hosts is your DNS information.
You must be listed as the administrative contact to change hosts.
This is why we stressed the importance of being the administrative
contact for your site earlier in this article.
You will need to update your name server information with your
domain registrar as follows:
The key to changing your DNS information is the registrar
for your domain name. Some registrars allow changes via simple
online forms, others require email confirmation (the registrar usually
sends an email to both the technical contact and the administrative
contact - either person can confirm the change). Contact your
domain registrar to find out how to make the changes, or if they
will make the changes for you.
The actual switch will usually take 24-72 hours to be
recognized by servers across the world. It may take a full
week for the smaller more remote servers to recognize the change.
This means that someone in Seattle might see the new site a day
later, but a customer in London might be looking at the old site
at the same time.
As mentioned earlier, it is often helpful to make a
slight alteration to your homepage on the new site to see when your
own servers recognize the new site. During the 1-3 days it
takes for the host switch to be complete, it is a good idea to either
not make any changes to your site, or to make the changes to both
the old host and Brandblast .
If you are using a new domain name, you will want to
put up a link to the site on your old host and keep the old host
account for a couple of months. Setting up an automatic redirection
page may seem like a good idea, but it can often hurt your search
engine rankings and even get you blacklisted, plus your users might
not notice that you have a new domain name.
A better method of automatic relocation is to make a
.htaccess modification. If the file is available to you, you
can use a text editor to alter or add the 404 command. By
pointing all 404 errors to your new site you can cause all the traffic
to go to your new host as long as you deleting all the files on
your old host.
Continue with: Cancel Your Old Host