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    Question about changing hosts

    When you move your domain from one host to another, is there anything you have to do apart from change the name servers with your domain registrar? Do you have to do anything at the old host end to prevent conflicts or whatever?

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    I always changed nameservers nothing more.

    If you have a dedicated server then its a differnt story, You need to change the nameserver + Setup a DNS Zone!!!

    But i think you just talk about normal hosting. Only nameserver change is required and wait 48 hours. Then you are fine.

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    So after 48 hours you'd be safe to remove the files from the old host?

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    So after 48 hours you'd be safe to remove the files from the old host?
    More or less. Some (weird) ISPs can take a bit longer to update things on their end, and this can result in a small number of people (half a percent or so) ending up on at your old server. If that's of little importance to you, you can certainly close the old account after 48 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyssen
    So after 48 hours you'd be safe to remove the files from the old host?
    Make a really small change to one of your files on the new host and see ensure that the domain has propagated correctly.
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    Would it make sense to make a backup DNS entry on ZoneEdit or another DNS provider so when you drop your old host you won't have to worry at all about DNS propagation? All you'd have to do is point your ZoneEdit DNS to your new IP address, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyssen
    So after 48 hours you'd be safe to remove the files from the old host?
    Another thing you can do is open up your "Command Prompt" in Windows, and type:

    ping domain.com

    (replace domain.com with your own domain name)

    ... then press <enter>

    An IP address will be returned. If that IP address corresponds to your NEW IP address with your new host, then domain propagation has completed FOR YOU. But it still may need further propagation in other parts of the world.... depending on other ISPs.

    In most cases propagation is finished after 24-48 hours. If I were you I would wait a couple extra days (just to be sure) before cancelling your old host.

    Once you know YOU are seeing your website on your new host's server (after doing the ping test above), be sure to thoroughly check everything to make sure all is working properly on the new server.

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    Review your current hosts' TOS to see how much notice you are required to give them when cancelling. Then time your cancellation notice to:

    - arrive at least seventy-two (72) hours after updating the nameservers,
    - be timely for cancellation per the current hosts TOS.
    - avoid being billed another month, quarter or year.
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