Migration Information (v.2)

Migration Information

This page provides information to students who are in the process of migrating off of Domain of One’s Own and understand what their next steps need to be. If you are looking for information to help you understand leaving Domain of One’s Own at UMW you’ll need to read the “Leaving UMW” page first.

Migration of all account files and data to a new service is the sole responsibility of the student or UMW employee. UMW will provide documentation about how to obtain files/data and how, generally, to migrate them to new service providers.

Migration Steps

Migrating your content to a new web host will take time to do. Expect that you will spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours in total depending on what you are migrating and where you are migrating to.

When you are ready to migrate you’ll need to create an account with whatever web hosting company you’ve decide to go with. The actual process of migrating of content from your site to your new host will vary from hosting company to hosting company. You’ll need to refer to the web hosting companies instructions for migrating and be prepared to follow them.
If you’ve decided to go with one of the offers we’ve negotiated with Reclaim Hosting or HostGator please see the web host offers below to create your accounts.

In order to move your domain to a new company you’ll have to unlock your domain.

You can easily unlock your domain by scrolling down to the bottom of this page and clicking the Locked button to unlock your domain. Next you’ll click the Get Code button. This will generate an email (to your @mail.umw.edu address) with an EPP code that you can give to your new domain registrar. Sometimes registrars require verification on our end; if they indicate that this is necessary, please email dls@umw.edu so we can check for an email from them.

Please let us know how you plan to use your website post-graduation by filling out this short form. We are always eager to know how the Domain of One’s Own project has impacted your time at UMW.

Web Host Offers

Through a special partnership with our hosting provider, Reclaim Hosting, students are eligible to have their domain and content automatically migrated to a full hosting account just $30/year.

Get Started

UMW has partnered with HostGator to offer alumni a generous 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 and it’s a great opportunity to remove the pain of backing up and migrating the contents of your site on your own.

Please note that this plan does not include domain registration. Hosting costs and domain registration costs are separate, and the discount offer only applies to hosting. You will need to pay for domain registration through HostGator (about $12/year) or register your domain elsewhere and point it to HostGator’s Web servers. When choosing your HostGator plan and checking out, you will have the option to add a domain registration or indicate if you own the domain but have registered it elsewhere.

HostGator offers 2 different hosting plans. The Hatchling Plan is a hosting plan for a single domain, comparable to existing UMW accounts, and will be suitable for most UMW students. For users that wish to host multiple domains and expand their account the Baby Plan is appropriate.

Hatchling Plan
  • Single Domain
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Prices start at $29.19/year
Baby Plan
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Prices start at $41.79/year
After signing up you will need to request a migration with HostGator by filling out this form. HostGator support will work with you to transfer your hosting account and domain to their system. Do not provide your UMW credentials to Hostgator as a login to your existing account. The username for your cPanel account is with the password

If you’ve chosen to go with another web hosting company the may or may not offer discounts and other services to new accounts.

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