Moving Domain, Hosting, and Email from two companies to two others?
April 9, 2009 7:37 AM Subscribe
Please help me move my domain and hosting from two companies to two new companies without losing email service (and learn about DNS in the process)... details inside...
posted by Alabaster to computers & internet (2 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So I have a domain name registered through one company, with a website hosted by another company. For simplicity's sake, let's call them:
My "@myname.com" email addresses are hosted through "HeyCoolHosting." They have a webmail interface (mail.myname.com), but I access them using IMAP (in Thunderbird and/or Gmail).
My site itself is a fairly simple HTML/CSS page that I maintain by FTP. I have a .htaccess set up if that complicates things. (I also have WordPress and Coppermine installed but I don't use them and have no need to retain their data).
WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO:
My costs are not enormous but I'm paying for a lot of bandwidth and storage I don't need.
I have been thinking about moving my site and domain name to nearlyfreespeech.net (that's the real name, not an alias), which makes more sense for the amount of bandwidth I use.
NFS doesn't really do email hosting and I don't want to lose/interrupt service my 3-4 @myname.com adresses. I thought I would try pointing my email addresses to "Google Apps For Your Domain" so I can use these addresses with a Gmail interface. (But I can no longer find information about GAfyD-- does it exist anymore?)
I am fairly computer savvy but I don't know much about the behind-the-scenes workings of web/email traffic -- I can easily upload my data/html/css to a new FTP, but I know very little about DNS and how to get my domain name and email addresses to point to the right places. I'm also not sure what order to do things in (set up the new accounts first, then transfer? Cancel the old accounts first, then set up the new ones? Some other combination?)
Can someone walk me through, step-by-step, the process I should go through in order to make this transition without losing data, service, my mind, etc? A little "tutorial" information would be helpful so I know what I'm doing, but don't go out of your way (and no need to oversimplify, it's mainly just the DNS stuff that eludes me).