Here is our scenario:
- Our domain registrar is Network Solutions. (call our domain "faith.org")
- Our current hosting provider (call them "oldHSP") has been providing hosting services to us for free. Our domain's authoritative name servers are also at oldHSP. We recently received notification from oldHSP that they will be terminating our service as of midnight 10/31.
- We have setup an account on Dreamhost, and we have a configured web server ready to take over as the new host for faith.org.
- To setup & test the replacement web site on dreamhost we first registered a new domain for it (call it "faith_next.org").
I have looked at the DH wiki pages for transferring domain registration here: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Domain_Registration#Transferring_from_Network_Solutions
and here: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/KB_/_Domains_/_Transfers_/_Transfer_Registration#How_do_I_transfer_a_Domain_Registration_to_DreamHost.3F
Q1: Do I have to transfer the domain registration from network solutions to DH to accomplish this?
Q2: Assuming the answer to Q1 is no, then what do I need to do to accomplish this switch? (ie. what steps are required so that a DNS lookup for faith.org will point to the IP address that DH hosted faith_next.org is running on now?) I assume that we'll have to login on networksolutions and switch our authoritative nameservers for the domain from oldHSP to DH. But is that all that we have to do to accomplish this? Or am I missing something?
Currently on DH the webroot for faith_next.org is like this:
Ideally I'd like to set up faith.org running in a webroot directory under a new user account $HOME that I create using my existing DH account:
What DH DNS management tools can I use to accomplish this?