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Current Host saying they will transfer site

have serious questions about this



2:32 pm on Jul 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is the first time I've run across anything like this.

My client's hosting contract is up at the end of August and they have taken me on as a designer and webmaster. However, the current hosting/design company (a huge expensive operation in the mid-west) told them that *they* would transfer the site to the new host and to allow two weeks for this process.

Has anyone heard of this before?

I'm very interested as I have always simply downloaded everything and uploaded it to the new host. Am I so far out in the boonies that I've missed something important?

Advice appreciated. And many thanks for it!



7:02 pm on Jul 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I'm very interested as I have always simply downloaded everything and uploaded it to the new host.

That will work, as long as there's no server-side software involved. (i.e. just HTML, CSS, images, etc.)

Once you throw in scripting, databases, etc. all bets are off. 99% of the time, you can't simply "download everything and upload to the new host". You need to make sure the new host has all the required software, in the right versions, and identically configured, and/or make adjustments in scripts for version differences, etc.

Even if the site has no server-side scripting, there's still the server configuration to deal with.


11:23 pm on Jul 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Right --
I had forgotten about the database issue, but I don't think there is one involved here. There is reservation software, but that is all operated on the paypal model-- doesn't care where it is.

Both servers are UNIX, thank goodness.

Otherwise just a lot of pages and pictures. And WAY too much JS which I will be cleaning out in the course of redesign!

I did talk to the company where I am going to put the site and asked their rep about this kind of offer, and he said he could think of only two reasons they would "offer" to move the site for the customer they are losing: so they could charge the customer one more time, and maybe just plain make things difficult.

I would believe the first of this company as they have charged my new client to death for several years now, but probably not the latter.

Thanks for thoughts.



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