You can also lock and unlock domain names! What? Yep! Read on.
- What is a locked domain name?
- What is an unlocked domain name?
- Is this free or a premium feature?
- How do I do this?
What is a locked domain name?
A “locked” domain name is simply a specific status status your domain name registrar applies to your domain name. The reason anyone would want to “lock” their domain is because the lock status prevents unauthorized, unwanted, or even accidental changes to the domain name in question.
What is an unlocked domain name?
A domain name that can be modified. For example, if you registered your domain name with Blue Host and now want to move that domain name to a proper domain name registrar. The domain name status would need to be “unlocked” in order to do this.
Is this a free or premium feature?
It’s a free additional security measure domain name registrars offer.
How do I do this?
It’s normally as simply as logging into your hosting account or current domain registrar and simply clicking a button to “unlock” it. As each registrar and web host is different, it’s normally best to look for a help guide with your current domain registrar or host. As moving from GoDaddy and Blue Host and Wix is the most popular, here is how you do that:
Unlock your domain name with GoDaddy:
- Sign in on the GoDaddy website.
- In the My Products section, click “Domains“.
- Use the checkbox(es) to select the domain name(s) you want to modify.
- Above your list of domains, click “Locking”.
- To unlock the domain, clear the Lock domains checkbox.
- Click OK.
- Click OK again.
Unlock your domain name with Blue Host:
- Log into your Blue Host control panel.
- Click the Domain Manager tab.
- Click the Domain name to highlight it. The right side will populate with tabs.
- Unlock the domain on the LOCK tab.
- Turn off privacy on the PRIVACY tab.
- You will receive an email with an Auth code and a link. Follow the instructions in the email.
- All set, now you’ll need to request your EPP if you haven’t, & transfer.
Unlocking a domain name is a simple step you need to take with moving a domain name to a new registrar. If you’re not using Namecheap, why not? They