I've never gone through a longer internet process. Seriously.
I decided to stop hosting my own servers. Frankly it was keeping me from blogging as I knew I needed to update the server and going through that yet again wasn't worth it.
I started out hosting a web server at my house using dial up. I got an opportunity to move the server to a server farm, oh, years ago, and at the same time, starting hosting for other people. Well, I really got into before that -- you see, I used to be one of the FIDO nodes in the dallas area. People used to dial up to my computer and leave messages and stuff for each other.
Anyway, I used to host other domains through the internet server and it probably kept me from paying as much as I could have. I also ran a couple of email lists, mainly for click training called click-l and still have though domain and am hosting it through Jing. I do need to work at making that self supporting, but it does take some energy.
So right now, I have several domains -- kweaver.us which I have hosted at a free verio site. It's a Windows server but the server itself doesn't always work and doesn't have good support.
I also have our high school domain, and it is also hosted at the free verio site.
I've always used kweaver.org for blogging and email. I have had my class website at kweaver.net. I've moved it to a cheaper windows server rather than a reseller, and am playing with Visual Basic on it, using it and kweaver.us as a staging area for the high school website.
That brings us to last weekend. I decided to kill the reseller website, and move kweaver.org to the place who hosts my email. I REALLY like having an exchange account and these people do a good job of getting me my exchange stuff. It means that I can get to my email, calendar, etc, from any computer including my Windows Mobile phone. I really find the service worth what I pay for it.
So I'm back and up -- it took a FULL 5 days to happen. I initiated the transfer on Saturday, and it finally completed a few hours ago.
In other words, don't transfer your domain name unless you absolutely have to. But having it this way makes it a no brainer and DNS stuff always makes my head hurt.