I had a site, www.themodernist.com, and subdomain, nanox.themodernist.com, that were both set up with wordpress, hosted by another hosting service.
I am changing to dreamhost. After setting the dns to point to dreamhost (approx 12 hrs ago), nothing comes up at the sites. I understand that, but have some very general structural questions I would really appreciate some help with.
Question 1) Should I be able to access ftp at both old and new hosts, or does the dns change make it so I am not going to be able to ftp into the old host?
old host ftp login - email@example.com
Dreamhost ftp login - firstname.lastname@example.org
I can get at the dreamhost one. It is (basically) empty, which I understand, because I have not put anything there yet. I can no longer connect to the old one.
Question 2) Does the fact that I can access the dreamhost ftp mean the dns change has propagated, or possibly not complete yet?
I ask because gmail used to grab my email from themodernist.com; now I get "Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password." I can use the address via webmail.themodernist.com, but I would like to get it working with gmail again. I have gone nuts with every combination of setting I can find, port, ssl, etc, etc.
Question 3) Could that pop3 error be due to needing to wait for dns to propagate, or do I need to try something else to get gmail fetching my modernist mail again?
Lastly, in general, I have no idea how to go about moving the sites over. I was sort of praying there was some "move all the files to the new host" command and then with a couple tweaks I could get them running.
Question 4) Can you point me in a general direction of what I need to do to get my sites running in the least painful way possible?
I know it's a lot to ask, if you have the patience to help me out I would greatly appreciate it!