Web Host Shutting Free Service

I have a free account which has been good but the host is shutting it down with an offer to upgrade.

I don’t really want to do that but I do want to keep my domain name registration and I am not sure what to do.

I understand that I am the registrant and the hosting company is the registrar.

I already have a web site with a different host and think that I could transfer that domain with the old host to my other host. Should I do that?

How do I know if I can have two domains with the same host? If I transfer one domain to another registrar, that doesn’t mean automatically that I can have that domain with that host does it?

Martin

Martin I would not recommend you keep your domain name and your web hosting account with the same web hosting provider (that is all about eggs in the same basket).

You can keep the domain registered with the same registrar, simply update your DNS to point to the new web host :slight_smile:

I thought I had this settled in my head but now I’m confused again!

I have a host that I am quite happy with. It’s reasonable and doesn’t give me any problem.

So I have upgraded that account to allow me to host another domain. All’s going well.

Now I think that I want to transfer the registration of the site I am moving to the upgraded host just because I want to have it all in the same place and I think it will be a bit easier to manage the renewals.

I’m not sure if it’s a good idea or not but that’s where I am at.

Martin

I always find it easiest to have everything regarding a domain in the same place, meaning if I were you if the hosting of the domain switched I’d also switch the domain registration (and thus also DNS).

What you’d normally do when moving a domain is:

  • Edit the DNS of the old server and set the TTL to a low value, like an hour
  • Then you wait at least (old TTL-new TTL, e.g. 4 days minus an hour)
  • Then you move the domain

On the new host the domain should have a higher TTL

The reason to do it this way is that the TTL indicates how long DNS servers are allowed to cache a DNS record. When you make that value low, you’re basically forcing all DNS server to forget the records soon, so the migration takes no longer than an hour to propograte all over the internet, instead of the four days (which is the de facto standard for TTLs I believe) it would normally take. This prevents different people from seeing different content (in case you make changes to the website hosted on the new host, but don’t apply these changes to the website on the old host) for too long.

Seeing as the old hoster is shutting down [free services], I don’t think the OP is allowed to use their DNS anymore. In which case, yes, you should transfer the domain to the other hosting.

Actually, that’s not accurate. Just because the host is shutting down, it doesn’t mean that the domain registration will be affected. Changing nameservers should still be possible, and once you use the new host’s nameservers, the domain will be pointing to its server (assuming that the site’s hosting has been setup there).

You do not need domain name transfer at all. You need to transfer your WEB SITE only and change nameservers.

Thanks everyone.

I think I’ve made a decision but was struggling a bit because I wasn’t sure about the relationship between transfering the host AND the registrar.

I could either upgrade to the paid for package with the closing account or upgrade an existing account to allow me to host up to three domains. I think now that I can just leave the domain with the old host but actually, I am going to transfer that as well. It’s only an extra £5. I’m going to upgrade my existing host to allow the extra domain.

Martin

I already have a web site with a different host and think that I could transfer that domain with the old host to my other host. Should I do that?thanks for sharing

Martin you sound as if you are dealing with web hosting company which is the ONLY ONE web hosting company in the world. Why don’t you want to look around and find plenty of web hosting companies which will be able to make you happy?
If you can’t find better dolution within one company try to check others.

Seeing as the old hoster is shutting down [free services], I don’t think the OP is allowed to use their DNS anymore. In which case, yes, you should transfer the domain to the other hosting.

If you have multiply domain name web hosting account with your paid web hosting provider just move your web site (hosted on free hosting) there.

Thanks for your reply. I can only host one site on my current plan. To go up to the next plan is almost doubling the cost. Well from £30 p.a. to £60. The other site is a just a seperate domain that I use for testing but when I think what to do with it will eventually become a proper site.

I can see now that I will need to either upgrade the existing site or find somewhere else for it. It seemed to make sense to tack it on to what I already have but I didn’t think it would cost that much.

Anyway, I can see that I make a new arrangement, then go to the old host and change DNS settings which I get from the new host and that’s it?

The bit that I think confuses me is about changing registrar. The current host charges £5 to transfer the domain and I’m assuming that is about transfering the registration bit?

So I have to do three things. i) arrange hosting 2) change DNS settings 3) transfer registration.

Thanks again

Martin