Here's a strange one for me:
My client (a shop) had a free website set up by a local magazine around six years ago.
The site is currently live under shopname.com
The magazine was part of a larger local newspaper group but was disbanded and taken off the market just less than a couple of years ago. It appears the magazine staff outsourced this website design to a freelance developer.
Unfortunatly, the freelancer has moved away from his registered address and both email and phone number are dead.
The larger newspaper group have therefore lost control of the domain name and a legal matter is underway. However, they do still have access for FTPing data to the site. They will not give me the FTP details though, so I cannot maintain the site easily.
So I have had no choice but to create a new domain (shopnamelocation.com) and have set up my own hosting and pointed the new domain to the new hosting. The new site is now live.
The only matter to be dealt with now is forwarding visitors from the old site to the new site. Bearing in mind that the newspaper group cannot access the DNS control, it seems the only way is to place a redirecting page on to the old host. Should I use a blank page with a meta redirect or should I create a page which asks visitors to click through to the new site?
ps. the old domain is not due for renewal until April 2011 so, other than the legal route we are persuing, the earliest we could change the DNS settings is likly to be then and not before.