How to move your domain name to another server

June 11, 2009

This is a very short post about how to move your domain name if you really dont have a clue.

What you'll need

Youll need to ask the persons or person hosting your new server which you want to move the domain name too.  For the nameservers that they use. You might not know what these are but they will most certainly and are easily obtainable.

Secondly youll need to find your control panel logins for where you have registered your domain name.

Thirdly youll need to ask your domain registrar or current hosts to reduce your domains TTL which stands for "Time To Load" this is the industry standard method of controlling how long it will take for your domain to propogate or change from its current records. It is standard industry practise to acknowledge the TTL. You may not know what this is but your hosts most definitely will. If you get the TTL reduced before you move the domain then it will make the actual domain propogation quicker.

What you need to do

Simply login to your registrars control panel for managing your domains, locate the domain name you want to move to another server then find the option to update dns records!

Once you have located it, youll notice it will probably ask for nameserver1 & nameserver2 - simply enter the nameservers given to you by your new host.

The last step

Finally to complete the movement to your new server make sure you let your new hosts know that you pointed your domain at there nameservers so that they can accept the domains.

After this you should be ready to set the domains up on your new hosting control panel or ask your new hosts to do it for you.

Simple as that.

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