Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm moving to a new web host and would like to keep my exchange email at the old web host.

I just want my website at the new web host.

Can I just tell my old web host to change the A record for to point to the IP address of my new server? Or does it need to point to the nameserver of my new server?

share|improve this question
up vote 0 down vote accepted

Yes you can have the old host change the A record to your new web servers IP address. Or you might be able to change the DNS records yourself via there control panel if they offer that. Remember DNS changes can take up to 48 hours in some cases depending on the TTL. Normally just a few hours after clearing DNS caches.

share|improve this answer
thanks. I had the old host change the A records for and to point to the IP address of my new server. Pinging the domain shows that it now resolves to my new server. Pulling it up in a browser just doesn't work yet. Is that because of propagation? – Tegan Snyder Feb 18 '11 at 19:24
Clear the cache in your browser should resolve the issue. – xeon Feb 18 '11 at 22:50
it just doesn't seem to make sense. I can ping the domain and it shows it is talking to my new server. but when i try to access it in a browser it doesnt work. maybe i need to setup something different at mediatemple. – Tegan Snyder Feb 18 '11 at 23:47
also it appears they only setup the A record to and forgot to setup a record to just that may be the culprit. is there anyway i can edit my zone file to account for this? – Tegan Snyder Feb 19 '11 at 0:24

You should have your domains registered someplace else like Godaddy. Then you can config and change it yourself. You can point the port 80 to web hosting company and the email somewhere else. If your hosting service goes down (like a 9.1 quake) you can switch quickly.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.