In a question related to making a smooth transition to a new shared hosting provider, I want to move the email and web sites as smoothly as possible. I am a developer but have gotten into consulting my friend on what to do.
Company S currently has us using a Google AFYD account for our email. Therefore I can access my email via the web and Google's site. Am I correct in thinking even if the DNS mumbo jumbo that was setup to match mail.DOMAIN.com to the AFYD account goes away, I can still access the account (if it isnt' shut down by the admin)? CrystalTech will be hosting our new email and I have a web interface with them as well that I can get to via a unique URL.
But the customer is adament that her company cannot use webmail for more than a day, and even that day would be painful.
How can I move the email server to the new host with the least amount of downtime?
Clarification - Their office uses entourage, so all email is in their clients. - I have already setup the new hosting with similar accounts to the old - We have instructions on how to setup the email client for the new host - Web mail should be available as a backup in case it all goes to heck.
please see http://superuser.com/questions/93009/how-to-change-web-host-for-my-small-site-with-minimal-downtime for more questions about migrating the website