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Hosting mobile site completely separately from main site

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I work for a small non-profit organization.  We've developed a mobile version of our website, but our current hosting provider said that they will not host the mobile site (only the main site).

Is it possible, in principle, for m.acme.org to point to a completely different server, based with a different hosting provider, than acme.org or www.acme.org?  If so, how would we set that up?  Is there some configuration change that has to happen with the WHOIS record?
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Absolutely possible, and pretty standard.  The change happens in the DNS zone for acme.org:

$ORIGIN acme.org.
www IN A  10.10.0.1
m       IN A  10.0.0.2

This says www.acme.org goes to the first IP, and m.acme.org goes to the second one.  Its very common.  Remember though, you are NOT changing the DNS SERVERS for acme.org - you are change the DNS ZONE FILE for acme.org.

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@xterm -- when I go into our Account Manager page under our Network Solutions account, there is a section called, "Add/Edit IP Address (A Records)".  Is that the same as what you described in your answer?
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Yes!   Notice my two lines above have "A" in them - that's exactly what you're looking for.

So you will leave www as is, but change m to the IP of your new host.
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Or vice-versa if you're going to leave the mobile site where it is, and move www to the new provider, I should say.

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Thanks for the quick answer.
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No problem - keep in mind that it may take up to a day or so for full propagation to occur, because DNS records typically have a time to live (TTL) of anywhere from 12 to 24 hours.

So after you change it, not all your visitors will immediately pick this up, but by tomorrow, it should be all good.

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