As a UMW Domains user who is leaving UMW you should know you can take some things with you when you leave. As part of your UMW Domains account you have:
When you leave you can transfer your domain and/or migrate your web content that you have created on the UMW Domain’s web hosting to a new web host or make a back-up of your content. If you plan on keeping your domain and content up on the web by transferring it to a new web host this will cost money. Typically the cost of the domain is a yearly fee while cost of web hosting is a monthly or yearly fee.
If you’d like more explanation about the difference between your domain, website, and web hosting please see our “Getting to know your web space” guide.
You have 90 days after your graduation date to determine what you would like to do.
There are many different options available to you if you plan on migrating or retaining some of your content. While we can’t cover all the different scenarios we’ve put together a guide below of some options that are available to you. If you have other plans for your domain and content you are welcome to do those as well.
Using the form below you can see what some of your options are. You can click on each option below to get an idea of why you might choose each and what that entails.
When you’ve decided which option sounds right for you click “Next” to find out what things you need to consider next.
For this option, you will take over ownership of your domain and migrate your content to a new web host. This will cost money and paying for the domain and web hosting varies greatly between web hosting companies.
Next we will talk about what content you want to take with you.
For this option, you will have to register a new domain and migrate all of your content to a new web host.
Depending on the host, you may have to keep your first domain until it expires, as well.
This option will cost money and paying for the domain and web hosting varies greatly between web hosting companies.
This is a good option if you're not interested in keeping your site up and paying for it, but you might want to put your site back up at some point in the future.
If you don't want to keep your domain or your content, you can remove everything you've created manually or wait for the 90 day grace period to elapse. Your content on our servers will be removed after 90 days and your domain set to not renew.
The easiest thing to do if you don't want to keep all of your content is to remove what you don't want prior to migrating.
NOTE: Please backup your entire site and download the backup prior to making any changes! You can access a tool to generate and download a backup of your entire account by logging into UMW Domains and going to Manage Your Account -> Migration Information.
Next we will talk about choosing web hosting.
Great! Glad to hear you want to keep it all.
Great! That will make it easy to back-up.
Click "Next" to learn how to create a back-up of all your web content.
The easiest thing to do if you don't want to keep all of your content is to remove what you don't want prior to backing-up.
The process of migrating content from your site to a new host will vary from hosting company to hosting company. Some companies may require you to download a backup and upload it to their server.
UMW has two negotiated deals with web hosts that you may wish to consider. Please click on the options below to learn more about your options.
Through a partnership with our hosting provider, Reclaim Hosting, students are eligible to have their domain and content automatically migrated to a hosting account at Reclaim Hosting at a 20% discount. This is a one-time offer; annual renewal of the account will be full-price. See the Migrate page for more details about cost.
Reclaim's basic plan includes 2GB of storage, unlimited addon domains, subdomains, bandwidth, and email addresses.
UMW has partnered with HostGator to offer recent graduates a one-time discount on the purchase of a hosting account for 1, 2, or 3 years. This offer includes free migration of your site facilitated by HostGator support. See the Migration Information page to access the special for more details about costs.
Please note: You need to be logged in to your UMW Domains accounts to see the Migration Information page
HostGator offers 3 different hosting plans. The Hatchling Plan is a hosting plan for a single domain, comparable to UMW Domains, and will be suitable for most UMW students. To read more about the different plans see their Web Hosting page for comparison details.
If you would like to go with Host Gator click "Next" to read a summary of your next steps. If not click "Previous" to select a different option.
The cost of web hosting can vary dramatically based upon the kind of hosting and the features of the account. It's a good idea to start with the smallest amount you think you'll need and then grow into a larger account rather than spending a lot for more features than you require.
If you plan to go with a different hosting company click "Next" to read a summary of your next steps. If not click "Previous" to select a different option.
We have created a guide with specific details on how to Migrate to Host Gator. Please see the guide for all the steps you'll need to take next in order to complete your migration from Domain of One's Own to Host Gator.
We have created a guide with specific details on how to Migrate to Reclaim Hosting. Please see the guide for all the steps you'll need to take next in order to complete your migration from Domain of One's Own to Reclaim Hosting.
Now that you've decided to move to another host you'll need to:
To create a backup do the following:
This file contains a complete backup of all of your site's files and databases, however it won't be usable as a website until it is migrated to a new web host. It is, however, in a standard package that should be easy to migrate to a open-source LAMP Web host.
Keep in mind that you'll have 90 days after graduating to actually migrate off the system; you can back it up and still decide to migrate within that timeframe if you change your mind.
If you do not wish to keep any of your content or renew your domain and want it removed and cancelled before the 90 day grace period has elapsed you can send an email to email@example.com. Please include your full name and domain URL. We will remove your hosting account and turn off auto-renewal of your domain. At the next renewal date, your domain with expire.
NOTE: You don't have to actively request removal. After 90 days your content will be removed from our servers and your domain set to cancel.
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