How to transfer a domain name: 14 steps (with pictures)

How to transfer a domain name: 14 steps (with pictures)
How to transfer a domain name: 14 steps (with pictures)

Are you moving your website to a new host and need to transfer your domain? You may have found a better deal to register your domain. In any case, transferring your domain is a simple process, but it usually takes several days to complete, while all participants approve the transfer. Most of the work is done behind the scenes. You will just have to fill out a few forms.


Part 1 of 2: Quit the old domain name registrar

Transfer to Domain Step 1

Step 1. Make sure your contact information is up to date

During the transfer process, you will be contacted by both your old and your new recorder. They will use the contact information saved with your domain. You can update your contact information from the domain control panel provided by your current registrar.

If you can't remember who your current registrar is, you can find them by performing a WHOIS search on your domain

Transfer to Domain Step 2

Step 2. Create an email on another service

Many people use an email service attached to their domain. During the domain transfer process, you will probably lose access to the email service for your domain name. Make sure you have another email account, such as a Gmail or Yahoo account, that you can use as an alternate means of communication.

Make sure you have included this email as the contact email in your domain registration information

Transfer to Domain Step 3

Step 3. Request that your domain be unlocked

The process for doing this varies depending on your current registrar, but you can typically unlock your domain from the Domain section of your domain's control panel. This request should be made to your current domain registrar.

Transfer to Domain Step 4

Step 4. Request the authorization code

Each domain must provide you with this code within five days of your request. Some loggers allow you to generate the code from the control panel, while others will send it to you by email. You can usually request this code from the same section of the control panel that you used to unlock your domain.

You will need this code to be able to transfer your domain

Transfer to Domain Step 5

Step 5. Make sure you haven't transferred your domain recently

You cannot transfer your domain if it was created or transferred within the last 60 days. This is a directive from ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that manages addresses on the Internet.

Part 2 of 2: Transfer the domain

Transfer to Domain Step 6

Step 1. Read the support pages for your new recorder

The process for transferring your domain will actually vary depending on the service you are transferring it to. Make sure you have read the transfer instructions posted on the new recorder support pages for exact instructions.

Transfer to Domain Step 7

Step 2. Go to the transfer page for the new recorder

You will probably need to create an account with the recorder before you can access this page. You can usually find the section Domain transfer in the control panel provided by your new recorder. Otherwise, you may be given the option to start the process when you create your account.

You may need to contact the recorder support service if there is no option available on the website

Transfer to Domain Step 8

Step 3. Enter the domain you are transferring

Make sure to include the TLD (.com,.net,.org etc.). You may be able to transfer multiple domains at the same time. It is not necessary to include the www part. of the address.

Transfer to Domain Step 9

Step 4. Enter your authorization code

When prompted, enter the code you received from your old recorder. Make sure you enter the correct code or the transfer will not take place correctly.

Transfer to Domain Step 10

Step 5. Confirm that you authorize the transfer

You will be contacted by your old recorder to ask if you allow the transfer. You will either be called or contacted by email, depending on the information you provided to your old recorder.

This is why it is important to have your correct contact information. If you are not registered as the owner of the domain, you will not be able to be contacted about the transfer, even if you are the actual owner

Transfer to Domain Step 11

Step 6. Pay for the transfer

You will usually need to pay to transfer your domain. Some services require you to automatically renew for an additional year when you transfer. You may be able to get a free transfer by registering with the new recorder.

Transfer to Domain Step 12

Step 7. Wait for your settings to transfer

When the transfer is authorized, your new recorder will configure the DNS servers and the name for you. Once the forwarding has been set up by the new registrar, it may take up to a few days for your DNS changes to take effect worldwide. Your website should remain accessible.

The process will in fact vary depending on the recorder chosen. It may include another identification step requested by the new recorder. Refer to the new recorder support pages for details

Transfer to Domain Step 13

Step 8. Decide if you want a private domain

Some domain registrars allow you to hide your domain registration information, so that your contact information is not available to the public during a WHOIS search. Instead, the recorder information will appear, which will hide your name, phone number, address and email. In general, a private recording costs more.

Transfer to Domain Step 14

Step 9. Cancel your old service

Once the transfer is complete, you can cancel your service at your old recorder. Make sure before canceling that the transfer has been successfully completed or your website may become inaccessible until the transfer is effective worldwide.

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