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How To Move To A New Cyber Address - page 4

Why Switch?

  • August 25, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

When the fateful moving day comes, it's time to smile and just get on with the job. If you've planned well and tried to cover all the contingencies, it really will be pretty easy. Don't agonize about the change, just work your way through your lists.

  • Call your old provider and tell them that you are canceling service. They may have to schedule time for a tech to remove the old cable/dsl modem.
  • Call your new provider and tell them that you are ready to begin service. They may have to schedule a tech to visit to install a new cable/dsl modem. In my case, Earthlink was able to use my old ISP/cable provider's modem and cable. So, all that was necessary was sending a command to my modem and tell it to point to a different server.
  • Get your domain name straightened away. If you registered for a new domain name it will have to be bound to your IP address. The group that you went through to get registered can help. If you have a dynamic IP address, a company called DNS2Go by Deerfield.com can provide a domain name that works even if your IP changes. If you are just going through Earthlink or other provider with a personal account, you would use the provider's domain name.
  • Test out your new broadband connection. Be aware that there may be a bit of a time lag between when you start your new service and when it actually works. Now is also a good time to configure your dial-up scripts and modem for your new service. Give the modem a try, just to make sure you can get connected via the phone line. My old 300 MHz. PII laptop, with PCMCIA modem and SuSE Linux 8.0 Pro works fine with KPPP and Earthlink dial-up numbers.
  • Point your mail client to the new mail servers. I use Mozilla as my mail client. I recommend moving any messages in your inbox and sent folders to new folders like "inbox07302003" and "sent07302003," down in your Local folders. The reason I use this file naming convention is that it helps me to remember that my old email address ended on that date. All the new email will come in through the new inbox for my new mail account.
  • Transfer your newly updated web pages to your new web server. I don't have a very complicated web site, so I just use gftp with the new web server address, username, and password. After you set up gftp, it's all ready to go when you want to make improvements and changes to your new site. Most personal web sites don't have anything more complicated than a simple username and password for update access. Also, the information generally isn't encrypted either. Obviously, if you are a small business or corporate user managing a complicated site with PHP, databases and so on, your security needs will be different. Also, be sure to check the new URL to make sure all your web pages are there and everything works right.
  • Visit the printer. Now is the time to finish up redesigning your business cards, letterhead, brochures, marketing/sales material, then put in your order with the printer.
  • Update your email signature files and send out an announcement email to your contacts so they know that you've moved in cyberspace.
  • Mail/hand out an announcement. Your friends, clients and customers will be happy to know about your new cyber address. If you are a businessman or consultant, a note about your new web site is a great opportunity to help build your relationship with your clients and customers. There are also advantages to not sending your new email and URL to someone, such as a vendor, that ships you an email every day trying to sell something that you don't want.
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