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Changing Host

What problems are likely to arise?

1:06 pm on Nov 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm planning to change host. There are no problems with domain name ownership, etc but I'd like to know what sort of transient problems I'm likely to encounter. In particular, I'm concerned about emails going astray.

My current host is in the UK, I plan to move to a host in the US.
I sell software so my site is in no way UK-specific.

Any and all thoughts welcome.


3:01 pm on Nov 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi it's hard to say exactly as it depends on a number of things. Just check with your new host that they will be able to support any features that you may need. Example, if your products are downloadable make sure they have the necessary server compontents to permit downloading and your downloads can be stored in a safe non-browsable location on the server. Check to find out if you are responsible for the changing of MX records for email. Setup the email boxes prior to switching. Test everything before changing the dns.
1:57 pm on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There are a lot of things to consider before moving a host. A problem is SURE to arise, I can tell you that.

But make sure that you know what you're doing first. The thing is, it is better ot experience problems than stick with a crappy host.