The process of moving a domain name from one registrar to another. Why would you want to do this? Say you sold your website or you sold your domain name, you would have to transfer that domain to a new owner. Say you’re moving away from WIX or Squarespace to a WordPress website, you’ll have to transfer your domain name.
Please note that according to ICANN, you’re not able to move a newly registered domain name within the first 60 days.
Here are the steps to transfer a domain (generally speaking)
Each registrar is a bit different. In general to move a domain name from registrar to another you need to:
1 – Make sure the domain name is eligible to be moved in the first place.
When people want to change registrars it’s normally because a domain is expiring and they realize they should have moved it previously. You’re paying $20 dollars to GoDaddy or Blue Host and realize you could be paying $8 at Namecheap for the same service.
The only issue is that you’re not able to move a newly registered domain name within the first 60 days. You’re also not able to move a domain name if it’s within 45 days of it’s previous expiration date. If you do say, pay to renew your domain name and then move it, you’ll have to pay for the year again as moving to a new registrar revokes the previous payment.
2 – Unlock your domain name and prepare it for transfer
Next you will need to unlock your domain name. This will enable you to make changes to the domain name and allow you to move it to a new registrar. Normally, domain names are locked by default to prevent unwanted, unauthorized or even accidental changes to a domain name.
3 – Make sure your whois information is correct
Your old domain name registrar and your new one will need accurate information in order to transfer your domain name. Make sure your email and contact details for the domain name are accurate. You can change this information with ease in your account. Consider using a free Gmail account. Often people have their email tired to their domain name like email@example.com. You will lose access temporarily to any professional email during the transfer process.
4 – Request an authorization code
All registrar must provide you with this code within 5 days. Some will email you the authorization code, others will allow you to generate it yourself. You will need this code to move your domain name from one registrar to another.
5 – Log into your new domain registrar and initiate the transfer
You’ll need to create a new account with your future domain name registrar. For example, if you’re wanting to move to Namecheap go ahead and create a Namecheap account. Then, find a page where you can transfer domains. There you will need to enter the domain name information including the EPP code you requested.
Once you begin the transfer process your OLD domain name registrar should contact you to verify you do in fact want to move your domain name. Once you confirm you want to move your domain to a new registrar, you’ll simply pay for the transfer.
This fee is the fee to transfer, it’s not a renewal fee. This is why I suggest you use Namecheap as your domain name registrar as their prices are the best.
6 – Wait for the transfer to complete
Once your domain name has been transferred, it’s simply a waiting game. Your new registrar will update the DNS settings on the backend which may take a day or two to finish unless you’re using custom DNS setting (if you have a website, you’ll need to update the DNS setting to your nameserver). Regardless, it will take a bit of time for the domain to be updated worldwide. Your website should still be up and working during this time.
7 – Cancel your old service
Once your domain has been moved, you can go ahead and cancel your old account if you so choose.
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