We recently switched our hosting services and had a number of unexpected problems. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) usually owns the computers (servers) used to move information onto and off of the Internet (and Web). When you register your domain, that`s one thing, but when you start using email and building Web sites, that something different.
Think about the amount of email you use in connection with your
business. You likely have more than one email address, like
sales@something, support@something, info@something, and so forth. You
also gain credibility by having your email reflect your business domain
name (the "something.com").
Asking both the community developers and designers, as well as people
who`ve changed their hosting services, what kinds of problems did you
One major issue we had is that it takes some time for "nameservers" to
resolve when they`ve changed. That means email goes either to the older
server, or can`t find the new server. We set up Gmail accounts and
forwarded all mail to the old server to those accounts. Even so, we
couldn`t send email for a day or two.
In our case, being new, we have almost no scripts, online databases, or
anything other than simple HTML. We heard that if you do have such
things, the change is a lot more complicated. So how does someone
maintain uninterrupted business when changing hosting providers?