How to switch email hosts

hi, I have a domain i bought yonks ago (, it is hosted by i've only really been using the email service but am looking
to switch host providers to something simple and cheap. Can anyone recommend a guide for dummies, or run me through the steps? And possibly recommend a host?

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It really depends on who your new provider is.

Typically, you need to backup anything you have on the 1st provider.  Then call them up and tell them you want to initial a transfer (to whichever new service)  they will give you a transfer code.  That transfer code, you use on the new hosting providers website (or call them) and then they will finish the transfer to them.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You don't really 'switch' providers.  You have to sign up for a new account and usually a new email address.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Since I do web hosting and deal with this type of thing all the time I can offer some insight into this...

I did some digging for you:

If you manage your service with "Backroom" use this link for information on how to transfer service away from Verio.

If you manage your service with the control panel, use this link for information on how to transfer service away from Verio.

You then contact the receiving (new) hosting provider and provide them with the code given to you so they can transfer the services to their name servers.

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Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Sorry, forgot to mention, this process can take some time from 24-48 hours depending on propagation so be prepared to have some down time. It's always a good idea to have the new provider selected as well as have the service plan you want picked out then contact the new provider if you have any questions so they know what you want to do so you are not without your services any longer than you have to be.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thanks all, Zac, the verio links are helpful, I will look into this (i can use either so will pick whichever is simpler)
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Glad I could help
xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thinking of new providers, I have a new domain ( i'm hosting with

Could i switch email hosting to this provider? If so what would this be called in the jargon such as in this article...

Thanks for your patience with a newbie
you cant switch email hosting that I know of.  But you can switch your email address.  You will have to backup your emails from your current email, setup an email account with the new provider at the same domain, then restore them once your setup with the new domain.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
huh? surely moving the domain hosting allows the email to be hosted elsewhere. Do you mean you can't move just the email, you need to have the domain hosted somewhere. If so that's fine i'll move the domain.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Yes you can I do it all the time. Driving hold tight.
Zac may know more about the specific hosting.

But say you have Godaddy email.  You have 3 actual products, domain, hosting (if you have a website), and email.

you want to switch to hostgator.

You have to setup the same 3 products, domain, hosting and email.

You cannot transfer your emails from godaddy to hostgator directly, like you can the domain name.  You just setup the same email address with the new provider, and transfer your emails and all should work.  It may take 48 hours for DNS to change, but its typically a lot faster.

by transfer emails i mean download via outlook or what have you, then connect to new email then transfer them to that email server.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Actually you're incorrect. You can just move the email. You contact the new provider and only move the mx record which is the mail.
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Ok, sorry for the delay. Caught in Boston traffic.... anyways, so if I understand you correctly you want to move only your email hosting to a new provider?
but then your still keeping the domain with the original provider are you not?
Zac HarrisSystems Administrator Commented:
Yes, the domain will be with the original provider. I think there are two scenarios going on here in one question. The first one was asking about switching providers completely. Which I gave the OP links to accomplish this with Verio.

The next question was asking about a different domain and wanting to host email for the provider to GoDaddy UK. You can do that by changing the MX record in the domain to the servers for the GoDaddy account. (Yes, you would have to purchase an e-mail only hosting plan with Godaddy UK for the domain.)

I have a domain that I use for my stuff that is split in this way. I prefer to use the Exchange functionality for this particular domain so I host my web content on one server and my email is sent to another provider that hosts an exchange server.
auh, ok, i missed that part where he was asking if he can keep the provider and host email else-ware.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the additional info. If i need more i.ll post a followup question.
xeniumAuthor Commented:
For my record, solution was to change the DNS on



to the new hosts, in this case: and
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