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    Changing Hosts
    I currently have a site hosted by Yahoo. I am looking at changing Hosting services to another company. Is my site name like a cell phone number? Can I cancel my service with Yahoo, then go to another company and keep my site name. I use sitebuilder and I have found a company that will build a site for me where I can make any needed changes. The bottom line is I like my sites name and don't want to lose it, but want to use a new host.

    Any help would be appreciated

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    If you have your own domain name you can have it hosted anywhere you want.
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    How do I know if I own the domain name?

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    Go to
    http://www.networksolutions.com/whois/index.jsp
    and put your domain name in the box. It will tell you who owns it.
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    this is what it says...

    Domain Name.......... (my domain name here)
    Creation Date........ 2006-11-29
    Registration Date.... 2006-11-29
    Expiry Date.......... 2007-11-29
    Organisation Name.... Donald Lord
    Organisation Address. P O Box 99800
    Organisation Address.
    Organisation Address. EmeryVille
    Organisation Address. 94662
    Organisation Address. CA
    Organisation Address. US

    Admin Name........... PrivateRegContact Admin
    Admin Address........ P O Box 99800
    Admin Address........
    Admin Address........ EmeryVille
    Admin Address........ 94662
    Admin Address........ CA
    Admin Address........ US
    Admin email.......... contact@myprivateregistration.com
    Admin Phone.......... +1.5105952002
    Admin Fax............

    Tech Name............ PrivateRegContact TECH
    Tech Address......... P O Box 99800
    Tech Address.........
    Tech Address......... EmeryVille
    Tech Address......... 94662
    Tech Address......... CA
    Tech Address......... US
    Tech email........... contact@myprivateregistration.com
    Tech Phone........... +1.5105952002
    Tech Fax.............
    Name Server.......... yns1.yahoo.com
    Name Server.......... yns2.yahoo.com

    Does this mean that I own the domain name?
    I am Donald Lord.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donniel608

    Does this mean that I own the domain name?
    I am Donald Lord.
    Looks like it to me. The people you get your new hosting from will be able to help you move it. If for some reason they can't or won't help you, come back here and someone will give you detailed instructions.
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    Miss Donna,

    Thanx for your help. I appreciate it.

    Have a great day

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    You should contact the company you registered the domain with (Yahoo or your favorite registrar). Remember when a domain transfer is requested an email asking for authorization is sent to the contact address listed within the "whois" info. It looks like contact@myprivateregistration is not your email address, and that's where the authorization email will be sent. Also ICANN (the organization which regulates domain registrations) now asks for an EPP/Authorization Key to be verified during the transfer process, again you would need to contact your existing registrar to obtain this key.

    Another way to move your site is to simply leave it registered where it is currently, and just update your nameservers to point to your new web host. Do you have access to update your DNS info with your current registrar? We had a customer once who registered their domain with Yahoo was not able to update the DNS info for their domain.

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    I had my site hosted on Yahoo and got my domain name from them. I don't recommend anyone using Yahoo......no .htaccess available. You just have to wait 60 days before you can transfer your domain name away from them. You can do it a couple of ways. They can continue to be your registrar, in which you just go into your domain control panel and point your domain to a different server. There is a help file on how to do it on Yahoo. Or you can have the other Server take over as being your registrar. Your choice.

    Charlene

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    i strongly suggest that you switch to hostgator for all your hosting needs ..

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    i strongly suggest that you switch to hostgator for all your hosting needs ..
    can you qualify that?

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    donniel,

    It does look like you own the domain name, but your email address is not on it which concerns me. The registrar with only send information to that email address.

    Don't cancel anything with Yahoo until you've transferred that domain name elsewhere - GoDaddy is not a bad option (Get a free account there, then you can move the domain name in that free account).

    First of all see if there is a control panel or some way for you in Yahoo to update that information. Make sure that all of your information is on there - and make sure your email address on there is a non-Yahoo email address. Use an email address not related to your registrar (Yahoo) and not related to your domain name. Use hotmail, gmail, free yahoo address, etc. The reason I recommend that is because if you need to get information emailed to your about your domain they are going to email it to the contact address. And you don't want it at Yahoo where you are moving from, and if your domain name has problems during the move you don't want it emailed to you@yourdomainname.com. Yourdomanname.com may not be usable. During the transfer you will also be emailed at that address and you want to make sure you can get to it.

    While you are updating all of your information on your domain name make sure that it is unlocked and make sure you can change the nameservers on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretschco
    You just have to wait 60 days before you can transfer your domain name away from them. You can do it a couple of ways. They can continue to be your registrar, in which you just go into your domain control panel and point your domain to a different server.
    Charlene
    That's standard. It doesn't matter if it is Yahoo or anywhoo. No registrar can transfer in the first 60 days. As long as you can manage your DNS entries, you'll be fine. Your new host will tell you where to point it.

    I would look around and see who everyone else uses. I won't plug anyone, but i will make one suggestion.

    If you ever think of using registerfly, think again. Just do a quick google seach on them......

    If you are host shopping, my $0.02:

    Make sure your host doesn't allow porno, hate, spam, etc... all the bad things. If your host [or any of it's members] gets blacklisted, you are affected.

    Test something. If they have a tech support number, call it. See if anyone answers. If you get voicemail, leave a message. See when they call back.

    Bigger isn't always better. Some smaller resellers can actually do a better job for you than the large companies. If the company has 3,000,000 customers, you are only 1.

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    I will pipe in and recommend httpme for linux reselling. Go to their forums and read the customer testimonials.

    I am using fluid hosting for linux and asp.net reselling.
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    You can purchase your domain name from yahoo and have it hosted anywhere you want. If you are looking for a good host try westhost.com for linux or alentus.com for windows servers, They will show you how to do this

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    did your registrar provide you with domainname management control panel where you`ll be able to chnage any contact information, including e-mail? If so you could keep domainanme registration with registrar and host it anywhere, as well you can transfer domainanme registration if accepting party handles domain registration transferring

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    As some posters have said, and others have speculated, you can indeed change the address that your domain points to in your Yahoo control panel. Just order your new hosting service from the new company and get your files uploaded, etc., first. Then go into your Yahoo control panel and enter the IP address your new host gives you for your site.

    You can do this even before the 60 days are up. After that, you can keep Yahoo as your domain registrar, or switch to another. Domain registrars don't have to be the same as your hosting company.

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    matt cutts, from google, wrote a post about doing the change over to a new host - good stuff if you've never done it before.

    www.mattcutts.com/blog/moving-to-a-new-web-host/

    (note: his site got hacked today, so if the page isn't there, view the cached results from this search:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=matt+...ting+companies)

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    I'd add a couple of points:

    - when you copy files from one host to another, you can do that directly if you have cPanel on both. Otherwise, you'll probably need to download from the old site to your pc, then upload to the new site. Keep in mind that different hosts might give you different paths to your site. If your files have references to other files on the site in different levels of hierarchy, you might need to make some adjustments.

    - an easy way to see, after you flip the switch, when the new site becomes visible is to make some change in your content only on the new site. This can be as unobtrusive as adding a period or something at the bottom of the page...or you can use the opportunity to put in that site redesign that you've been putting off.

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    Adding the additions (from someone who has run a hosting company):

    - Write down the IP address of both of your hosts - especially the old one. I am talking about the IP address of where you connect to get your files from and to. Sometimes you won't realize you missed a file until it is too late and - whoops - it is not on your machine. After you have changed your DNS servers your server name (if it is something like ftp.mysitename.com) will no longer resolve to the old host. So you need to be able to get to old host via IP address to get a missing file or two. Consider doing the same for your email (POP3) server so you can insure you get every last email.

    - Check that thing with cpanel. I thought that was with the WHM/Cpanel suite not just cpanel. I've been known to be right... I mean wrong before.

    - Dnsreport.com is a very good tool to check the status of your domain name before and after the transition. One of the most important pieces of info is very very last box - Domain A lookup. That will tell you the actual IP address your website is being served from.

    - Be aware that even though you may not be seeing the new website others may be. It is good to do like someone said before like put something small at the bottom of the new one so you know when you are receiving it. About 15m after you have made the check either ping some friends via chat or come here and have people test out your site and find out which version people are receiving. Some will see the old and some will see the new. It should not be terribly long (24 is long) before *everybody* is seeing the new site. Awhile back DNS propogation time was drastically reduced.

    - I am not sure if it has been mentioned before, but go ahead and add any email addresses to the new host before the cutover. This will insure that no emails are lost.

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    You're right about the cPanel. What I *meant* to say was that you can use WHM, if you're a reseller or have a dedicated server, to copy over from the old cPanel to the new one. And, uh, I know of one company that will actually help with the migration at no charge.

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    Just a quick recommendation, SurviveDigg.com did well by me. I'll have more on that story shortly though...
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