So as a relatively new hire at my job with a lot of responsibilities to update procedures and overall image, I’ve been included in a lot of e-mails back and forth between the various parts of the small business that I work for.
It’s kind of a long story, but bear with me if you will. I was CC’d on an e-mail my boss sent to our current web hosting company regarding the website, and the guy at the other end replied that he will be charging us $500 for a year’s worth of hosting – “including two months free!” – 6 gB of server space and 180 gB bandwidth per month (no additional services to speak of).
Obviously, my jaw dropped to the floor when I heard this. It turns out that no one in the office knows anything about hosting, so the company was making a killing off of us and the previous managers’ inexperience. I talked to the owner and suggested DreamHost as a way to save money, have a whole lot more space for backing up company data, and create a better web presence.
She was thrilled with the idea and put me in charge of getting rid of the previous hosting company and making the move to DreamHost. Okay, now here’s the predicament! I have very little experience in migrating domains – including e-mail and content – to a new hosting provider. If I can take care of this all at once on a weekend day while e-mail traffic is nonexistent, that is way preferable to taking the whole company off of e-mail for a while during the work week.
So I guess my question is – what’s the procedure for moving entire web content and e-mail systems to a new host? I want to move the domain to DreamHost, and if it’s absolutely necessary, I suppose I can just set up new e-mail addresses on DreamHost once the domain has been migrated.
I’m obviously not experienced in this, so if there’s any info you can direct me to, I’d really appreciate it.