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This code is what you need in the first lines of an .htaccess file in the old website document root folder (provided the old server runs apache with mod_rewrite module installed): RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.website1\.com$ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^website1\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newwebsite.com/$1 [R=301,L] ...


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If your host takes care of the DNS when you've changed your nameservers, it should be fine. Changing the 'A' record in your control panel wouldn't have any effect because your nameservers don't point to them anymore...


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Nameservers are enough and better. In fact, in case your web hosting changes your IP address (because you haven't a static IP and you're on a shared host), thanks to nameserver you wouldn't need to change record A.


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Are you moving from a hosted server at 1and1 to a virtual server at 1and1? Then you should get in contact with the support team of 1and1. Chances are that they can minimize the problems by moving everything for you. Otherwise split the move into (at least) two steps by separating the website-moving from the email-account-moving. Even with shared accounts ...


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Make the change off hours. Sunday morning (a.k.a midnight) is typically the best time to do it as that is when there is usually the fewest users using the system. It's also when you will receive the fewest emails. Announce your downtime. Naturally downtime is bad but when you tell your users to expect it, it usually isn't a problem. An email to user and/or ...



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