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    Changing Hosts, Nameservers and MX, A, Cname Records

    I'm helping a client move to a new host(from Godaddy to HostMonster) and want to be sure I have everything in order before I actually do anything.

    Client is keeping his domain at Godaddy. The site and email control will be switching to HostMonster.

    Can you tell me what I need to change in the DNS settings at Godaddy?

    I was thinking these steps would be involved when managing DNS settings at Godaddy:

    1. change the A Record to the new host IP
    2. change nameservers at godaddy to the nameservers at HostMonster
    3. change cname record to ?
    4. change MX records

    I'm not sure if all of those steps are needed. Can anybody shed any light for me?

    Here's the current DNS info:

    A @ 97.74.xxx.xxx
    CNAME e email.secureserver.net
    CNAME email email.secureserver.net
    CNAME ftp @
    MX @ mailstore1.secureserver.net
    MX @ smtp.secureserver.net

    There are 11 different cname records.

    Am I changing everything here? To what? Nameservers too?

    I've looked into these things, but with being involved with previous projects where things have had problems with making these types of changes(thankfully not my fault), I'm very cautious about just trying everything on my own. Can somebody hold my hand?


    Thanks for any help!
    Elm City Web
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    Looking at the screen grab you have provided, it looks like you are manually updating the records. You can instead update the Name servers provided by the new hosting provider. In this case it is HostMonster. The Name servers should be in their hosting account activation email. If you just update the Name servers, website & emails will work from new server (HostMonster).
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    The easiest way is using name servers of HostMonster, so you don't have to manually update. Check on Godaddy website how to update nameservers and follow that.
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    Thanks MG and gate. I'll change the nameservers and be done with it.
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    Also take a look at this article in order to transfer your site with 0 downtime
    http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/website-migration-guide/


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