Posted on 2011-09-09
I am creating a new website for a client hosted on my 1and1 virtual servers.
The domain name is registered with Joker.com and the name servers point to demon.co.uk servers.
I am looking for help in building a strategy to migrate the site and email to my servers with minimum impact to my clients.
I appear to have two options to either transfer the domain or to just re point the name servers from the joker account to 1and1.
Ideally I would like to transfer the domain to my 1and1 account and manage the new site and email from there. This would keep every thing in one place.
The priority, though, would be have a minimal effect to the downtime on the email (the website not so concerned) .
If I was to just re-point the name servers to my servers, I see that there is a 24-48 hr possible downtime, so I want to manage that appropriately and sever questions are raised:
1) are the time estimates host provide elapsed time or work time, if I start this on a Friday night will the estimate be 2 working days, to Tuesday or 2 days to Sunday
2) does the estimated downtime on the name servers mean that it is down for that whole period of time. or does it happen in a instance somewhere in that 48hr window.
3) What is down in the down time once the request is made is it both site and mail that go down, what would happen to any mails sent in the period of time.
4) How best is it to manage the mail accounts? do you keep the old mail account and set up and a new one for the same email address with the new SMTP/POP3 settings, do you just swap over the email and any sent to the old SMTP will be automatically picked up by the new account.
So answers to these and any suggestions in managing the impact to the email would be great.