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    I see website hosts claim to be able to take over hosting a site if you already have a domain name registered for awhile. Can an existing host proving to be unreliable and difficult to contact via its control panel, unless you phone abroad, block the transfer any way?

    How long is the transfer likely to take, and is the previous host under any obligation to reimburse fees already paid for the future hosting?

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    Re: Changing website host

    Very much depends on the hosts involved, but no reputable one should block a transfer request

    Money back for advance hosting fees.... you're having a laugh....
    Tom Jones
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      Re: Changing website host

      It's always best for you to register the domain name through a reputable domain registrar - don't let the host do it as they may register it under themselves. Similarly make sure your DNS is through a reputable company as well (could also be the domain registrar). As for changing the domain registrar from one company to another - most have some type of two factor authorization, e.g. an authorization code. You can also lock them down so that it's impossible for them to be transferred. Domain transfers can take around a week depending on various factors.

      One company can't take over hosting from another since you're just pointing your domain to their servers. You can easily change the DNS to the new host.

      Always make sure you have your own backups of the site! Run a weekly script to copy the files / database via FTP to a PC you have physical access to.
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