When I first started, most of our clients never had a Web site before. Now, most of our new clients already have one. One step in the process of developing a new site for a client is to move their domain to another server, and make a backup of their current site.
To move a domain you need the following information:
- The registrar, or the company where the domain was registered. Popular choices include Network Solutions, Register.com and Go Daddy. To determine the registrar (and get other information) you can often perform a "whois".
- Your username or ID and password. If you have lost this you can often generate an email from the registrar to the email on file to reset your password. If you no longer have access to this email you can still reset the password, but there's a lot more work involved to prove that you have the rights to this domain.
To get access to the current Web site you'll need your FTP info. Once you have your FTP info you'll be able to upload and download your Web site, as well as access files that aren't accessible via the Web. You'll need:
- Your host name (often ftp.yourdomain.com or www.yourdomain.com, but sometimes it's completely different)
- Your username
- You password
Often this information comes from the hosting company when you first signed up with them. If you have lost this information you should contact the hosting company to get this information. You may need to prove you are the owner of the account.
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