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  • Domain prepropagation, then propagation.

    I'm looking to recommend a vBulletin board to a company currently operating IPB and they're also changing hosts due to poor service. They need continuity of service and the question is when setting up vBulletin with a prepropagation URL on the new host, when the time comes to transfer the domain across, is it just a case of changing the Forum URL in the vBulletin options and 'hey presto, it works!'?

    I guess it would be the same as changing the directory of the forum, say from /forum/ to maybe the root directory of a host. Is changing the Forum URL option reliable in these instances?

    Thanks.

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    Originally posted by Ed. View Post
    I'm looking to recommend a vBulletin board to a company currently operating IPB and they're also changing hosts due to poor service. They need continuity of service and the question is when setting up vBulletin with a prepropagation URL on the new host, when the time comes to transfer the domain across, is it just a case of changing the Forum URL in the vBulletin options and 'hey presto, it works!'?

    I guess it would be the same as changing the directory of the forum, say from /forum/ to maybe the root directory of a host. Is changing the Forum URL option reliable in these instances?

    Thanks.
    Yes, pretty much. You might need ot clear your cookies, but otherwise it is that easy.

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      If you are changing domain, and have access to the settings on the DNS server, then a few days before the changeover, modify the DNS expiration (TTL) from the default 86400 (24 hours) to something much shorter like 14400 (4 hours).

      See the 3rd paragraph:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_...m#Caching_time


      Of course there is nothing you can do about lazy ISPs that ignore the TTL and set a default of 72 hours.

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