So; You want us to host your website and you already own your domain name? No problem.
We have a few options, depending on your set up and your requirements.
Do you want to:
(a) move the whole shooting match, domain name, emails and website to us, or
(b) leave all as it is, just change the website that’s viewing to be one we design?
Firstly, to be able to do either, you (or we) need access to the control panel where this domain name is held. If you’re not sure where it is currently, you can search on your domain name here. What we need to do next, depends on your answer to the question above. Let’s deal with the easiest – second option first;
(b) We can leave all the email bits alone, leave all that working without any settings changes required to emails, and just point the relevant “DNS records” that control the website that’s viewed, to our nice shiny new website (or even holding page) sat on our cloud servers. We can either jump in and make those (“DNS Record”) changes for you, or give you some instructions as to what you need to do. Job done. Minimal disruption.
Alternatively, if you want to move the whole job lot over to be in our control, here’s what you need to know:
(a) If you want to move the domain name(s), and email accounts (running off the “@yourdomanname.com” we’re talking about moving) the very first thing we need to do is make sure your emails are backed up, locally to make sure when we flick a switch, you don’t lose them all. You might not be too chuffed if that happened. We’d recommend copying across to a local archive folder in your mail client. If in any doubt, we’d recommend getting an IT Support Person, to help you with this – we can recommend a few we work with to jump on your computer remotely if needs be, and make sure this is all done correctly.
Back in the day, “POP” mailboxes used to be the most commonly set up account, these pull down a copy of your email to your computer locally. Here, you should be all good, your emails are stored locally. If you delete things off your computer and it’s still there on your phone, you probably set up “POP”.
With the increase of everyone checking their mails on smartphones etc, “IMAP” is the more popular way to go. This effectively enables your device to just view the same single copy of an email on the servers. If you delete something off one device and it gets rid of them elsewhere, you probably set up “IMAP”
If you’re happy emails are all backed up, or there are none to worry about, we’re good to move onto the final step which depends if it’s a domain name ending in “.uk” or a non uk specific one.
- For a .uk, we can let you know our Internet Provider Security tag (“IPS TAG”) and once that’s changed at source, it’s within our control top pull across into our control panel whenever we want to. There typically isn’t a charge to pull across .uk domain names.
- For .com, .org, or any others like that, the domain name needs to be Unlocked where it’s currently sat, then an Auth Code can be passed to us, to enable us to transfer in. Here, there is usually a cost imposed upon us for the transfer.