I want to add a domain that already exists on another server (Shared hosting)

November 28, 2016 79 views
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Hi, I want to find out if it's possible to add a domain that is already hosted on another server.
Here's what i mean:
The website is currently running on Joomla and is hosted on a shared hosting platform. I am currently working on a new version of the web site with MeteorJs and I want to host it on a digitalocean droplet. The challenge however, is that the current hosting platform has the emails and some databases that the client still wants to retain. Is it possible for me to host the meteorJs app on digital ocean and still maintain the email server and sql databases of the old (current) server.

Thanks for the help in advance : )

2 Answers

Once you migrate the domain to digital ocean, you can have MX records pointing back to the shared hosting account. You can put up the MX records when adding the domain on DO: https://cloud.digitalocean.com/networking/domains. Your current host should be able to provide MX records to use.

I don't see a workaround for the sql databases, can you access them using an IP address instead of the domain? I'd suggest you go with that if possible.

Couldn't you just set the IPv4 records at your domain host with subdomains? Like:
HOST / IP
mysql oldIP
www newIP

  • newIP @ newIP mail oldIP

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question :)

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