1 site on 2 hosts?!?@?#


I’m in the process of transferring my site from one host to another. The 2nd company has transferred all of my files over for me as well as my database but I’m still a bit confused. If I use Dreamweaver to upload new changes to my site, it goes to the old host; where in the process do I tell my old host to cut me loose, so to speak, so that when I ftp to my site it goes to the new host???:goof:

I guess that I don’t really see how it’s all connected.

Thank you…


Have you redirected the domain name from the first host’s name servers to the new host’s ones?

Thanks for the quick response!

And…um…errr…no. I fear that I didn’t know that I had to do that — little embarrassed, but I don’t even know what a “name server” is.
Looking over my “Welcome to our hosting plan letter”, I was given the following 3 nameservers:

Nameserver 1: ns1.mddservices.com -
Nameserver 2: ns2.mddservices.com -
Nameserver 3: ns3.mddservices.com -

I’d be grateful if you could explain what I would need to do with these numbers at my old host.

Thanks again,


This is what I just tried to do but I have know idea if it was the right thing. Did I want to forward, park or ??? what with my domain.

Thanks again,


Yeah, this stuff does get confusing and generally is very poorly explained. :frowning:

Basically, there is web hosting (a service that provides some web space on a computer where you store and serve your website) and domain hosting. Your domain name may or may not be hosted with the same company as your website, but they are normally two services you pay for separately.

So, wherever your domain name is hosted, you will need to log in to that service. Your domain name will have specified name servers, that will look something like:


This is basically the internet address of your web hosting company.

In other words, that tells computers across the internet to find your website (yoursite.com) at the hosting company with the above name servers.

So now that you’ve moved hosts, you need to find out what the nameservers are for the new hosting company, and replace the old ones with these new ones.


It’s a bit like when you move house. You need to announce to the world that you now live at a new address.

Hope that makes some kind of sense.

Regarding your post above, I’m assuming that was an email your got when you started hosting with the first host? That probably means that your domain name is hosted with the original hosting company, even though you’ve changed your actual web hosting service.

There’s no problem leaving your domain name with the old host. Just log in there, go to the domain name section of your account, and update the name servers info with those of your new web host.

Thanks! Your explanation makes total sense and I updated the name server info as suggested. :slight_smile:

And now, I seem to have read in a bunch of places that it can take up to 24 hours for a switch to be made. My guess is that I’ll know that the switch has happened as soon as Dreamweaver gives me an error when I try to FTP to the site using the old info (password).

Thanks again for your help.


I’m glad that helped. :slight_smile:

Yes, I forgot to mention that it can take time for the change to “propagate” across the web. They say it can take up to 48 hours, but I usually find it’s pretty quick, sometimes even instantaneous. It may also be quick for you but slower for someone else in a different part of the world, as the info is stored on various computers around the world that all need to be updated.