Moving from Yahoo host

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I have a semi-functioning web site that could be making so much more money. Problem is I signed up for Yahoo Host. I've always used them for personal sites, geocities and business and never had a problem. But I require a .htaccess for some software I need to make the site more effective. Plus I want to hire someone to make my site more functional. I have read many designers and programmers hate working with yahoo due to its limitations. So I want to move to Host Gator.

My question is... What do I need to do to transfer my domain to Host Gator? I am assuming Host Gator will handle this.

Are there any charges I might face from Yahoo for transferring my domain? I am on a month to month service with them. I believe I own the domain name.

Lastly how is Host Gator? I have seen the recommended on Warrior forum a lot. Are their any issues with Host Gator?
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  • Profile picture of the author Trivum
    Years ago I fell for one of Yahoo's cheap promotions - $1.95 or something like that. I knew they would go up to 9.95 after the first year, but that was fine. When they jumped from 9.95 to $35!!! I jumped ship. The problem was Yahoo still insisted on charging me for domains after I moved them, and it was absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to talk to a human being at Yahoo, and sending them emails simply got me form letters in return that didn't help.

    Years later, I STILL have problems with Yahoo charging my credit card when I have no domains at all registered with them. I tell you all this just to warn you that you may have years of problems even after you leave Yahoo. And it may be impossible to get your credit card info removed from their system.

    In any case, these are some notes I have from those dreadful days of trying to deal with everything Yahoo:

    get seller (you in this case) to unlock the domain and send the buyer (you again in this case) the authorization code ... the buyer then initiates a transfer request with the authorization code ... the seller approves the request and the domain is transferred


    For Yahoo domains, to get the authorization code, go to the Domain Control Panel and then click "View Your Authorization Code"
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Rambo
    Here's something from Yahoo that explains the process as far as the domain.

    How do I transfer my domain to a new registrar? - Yahoo! Small Business Help

    I'm not really sure that you can even transfer your domain to hostgator anyway as they are primarily a hosting company (and a very good one in my experience). Many marketers have their domain registration with one company and hosting with another so that one company doesn't have complete control over your entire website in the event of a problem.

    I use Namecheap for domain registrations and have never had a problem with them and that may be something you might want to consider.
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    • Thank You both! I have been searching for that Yahoo information for two days. They certainly hide it well.

      It seems so complicated, but it could be I am so tired from working on my project. I'll have to revisit it again tomorrow.

      But if I understand correctly. My domain name is maintained by one company (Yahoo), while my web site address is maintained by whom ever I select to host it. Thus causing me to pay one company to maintain my domain registration, and the other to host my web site?
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
        Originally Posted by SamanthaStMichaels View Post

        It seems so complicated, but it could be I am so tired from working on my project. I'll have to revisit it again tomorrow.
        No its not you, it is complicated to move a site from Yahoo, especially if you used their site builder to build your site like I did. My site had to be redone completely once I transfered over.
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      • Profile picture of the author Trivum
        Originally Posted by SamanthaStMichaels View Post

        Thank You both! I have been searching for that Yahoo information for two days. They certainly hide it well.
        Yes, it's what they do best.

        And so now you may begin to believe me when I say I have had problems for YEARS after I moved my domains. They also make it LITERALLY impossible for you to remove your credit card info yourself. You have to contact them and get them to remove it.

        Trust me when I say this: Begin the process of removing your credit card info from their system as soon as you are completely free from their clutches. Take ZERO crap when they try to stall you. Document everything. Be a complete a$$ about it.

        I like being polite about these things -- it's more pleasant for me and more pleasant for them, but you will probably find, as I did, that being polite will get you nowhere.

        Yahoo is the absolute WORST company I've ever had to deal with in my life - BY FAR.
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  • Profile picture of the author sam770
    I would recommend on hostgator, not only because of their price and reputation but also because they offer a free "easy move from your old host", including moving scripts
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    • I do use Yahoo Sitebuilder. I could continue using it, but it requires lots of effort on my part in editing it for another host. I am looking for an open source web builder. NVU seems to be the closest thing I can find. Anyone have any opinions on NVU or another drag and drop style open source web builder that will work with Host Gator?

      Money is limited right now. I am working off everything I make from my site. So everything will be done in stages. First changing hosts, so I can increase my inventory, and then a new computer. This Pentium III 800 is barely functional and makes me insane.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
        Originally Posted by SamanthaStMichaels View Post

        I do use Yahoo Sitebuilder. I could continue using it, but it requires lots of effort on my part in editing it for another host. I am looking for an open source web builder. NVU seems to be the closest thing I can find. Anyone have any opinions on NVU or another drag and drop style open source web builder that will work with Host Gator?

        Money is limited right now. I am working off everything I make from my site. So everything will be done in stages. First changing hosts, so I can increase my inventory, and then a new computer. This Pentium III 800 is barely functional and makes me insane.
        I'm not sure how much money you are currently making or where it currently sits in the SERP's, but if it is minimal (i.e. what you make won't even cover the transfer costs, especially with the rtml conversion) you may want to just grab the domain name and run to a host and set up a wordpress blog.

        Trust me I don't envy you. I went through this once and that was enough. Many like Yahoo but they made the transition a royal pain in the ass...
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