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Practical guide to migrating to .brussels

Migrating to .brussels means ensuring that your website has a .brussels URL and/or that you have .brussels e-mail addresses.

Examples:
Migration of a website, from http://cirb.irisnet.be to http://cirb.brussels.
Creation of e-mail addresses of the type j.janssens@domaine.brussels

Why migrate to .brussels?

The Region has adopted a new visual identity, of which the Internet extension .brussels is one of the characteristic elements. By migrating your Internet presence to .brussels you will join this movement.
A dedicated site (http://be.brussels/mydomain/) was published on the occasion of the promotional campaign for .brussels.

First step: communication

In general, the migration of the website and e-mails must be part of an overall communication plan.

  1. The very first step is to decide on a new name with .brussels. Attention, the extension .brussels is public, and open to everyone; it may be that a desired domain name is no longer available, in which case the BRIC or your registrar will inform you.
  2. Reserve domain name(s) at .brussels with the BRIC or your registrar, as appropriate.
  3. Develop a plan for communicating to external partners, colleagues, the general public, etc. Update your corporate brochures, particularly for the next orders of communication material (stationery, business cards, pens, etc.)

How to migrate your site to .brussel

Actions to be taken BEFORE migrating the site

This slightly technical paragraph is intended for webmasters.

  1. Check that the links between internal pages in the contents of the site are "relative" (and therefore not absolute or "hard-coded").
  2. Produce a Google ranking report.
    Changing a site’s domain name has repercussions as regards referencing.
    A detailed technical guide on referencing techniques (Search Engine Optimisation) [.pdf in French] has therefore been prepared for managers of Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools.
  3. Check the backlinks.

The day of the migration

If your site is hosted in the regional data centre, the BRIC will adapt the DNS servers, reverse proxies and rewriters.
Your website will be accessible via your new .brussels address. The BRIC will put redirections in place from the old .irisnet.be addresses to the new .brussels address (note, however, that this is a temporary measure that will be stopped after a few months).

If your website is hosted elsewhere than in the regional data centre, the web agency that developed your site and/or your host can advise you. It is possible that the BRIC may have to intervene at DNS level. Good coordination between those involved is therefore essential.

Actions to be taken AFTER migration

  1. Check that all pages and links are working properly.
  2. Produce another Google ranking report.
  3. Notify your partners so they can change the link(s) to your site.
  4. For any further information, contact your account manager.

 
How to migrate your e-mail addresses to .brussels

Actions to be taken BEFORE migrating e-mails

E-mail addresses are not only used to send e-mails. They are often used by applications to identify users. You must therefore identify those applications, locally or in the cloud, for which the user uses his or her e-mail address as an identifier. For each one, you must assess the possible side effects and, where applicable, devise a solution (this may be a manual reconfiguration, a small block modification script, etc.).

The day of the migration

If your e-mail boxes are hosted within the regional data centre, the BRIC will parametrise the regional e-mail infrastructure (Exchange) so that your organisation uses the new e-mail addresses for both outgoing and incoming mails. The e-mail addresses are modified but the e-mail boxes stay the same: e-mails, files, filters, contacts, etc. remain intact. The old e-mail addresses remain active as aliases, for incoming mail only (note, however, that this is a temporary measure that will be stopped after a few months).
If necessary, the BRIC may have to intervene in your directory system (Active Directory) to synchronise it with the new e-mail addresses.

If your e-mail boxes are hosted elsewhere than in the regional data centre, your host will be able to guide you through your project. It is possible that the BRIC may have to intervene at DNS level. Here too, good coordination between those involved is therefore essential.

Actions to be taken AFTER migration

  1. Check that the new addresses are working, within the IRISnet network but also from outside (a Google or Yahoo e-mail box, for example)
  2. Remember to update your e-mail signatures.
  3. Where applicable, check that users do not encounter any authentication problems in your applications with the new e-mail addresses.

For any further information, contact your account manager.

 

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