Your domain name is your face to the outside world and acts like a brand name for your website. After some time you may want to transfer your domain.
A domain transfer is the process between the registrars involved, from the management under one registrar to another registrar.
Domain registrars are responsible for the management of your domain records, but for the domain transfer will not affect your site, relevant email or DNS.
Let’s take a look at this guide below:
- Firstly, verify that at least 60 days have passed since you transferred or last registered your domain. The ICANN rules states that you cannot transfer your domain to another provider until 60 days after you transfer or register your domain name.
- After purchase, you need to unlock the domain from the old registrar, confirm the domain transfer with the old registrar and also the new registrar.
- Don't forget to check your admin contact email address. Your new provider will send an email to your domain admin contact to confirm the domain transfer. Note: If you can't receive the confirmation, you won't be able to complete the transfer!
- Disable Private Domain Registration. We recommend to disable this option - Private Domain Registration is an optional service that masks personal information that would otherwise be visible in the public WHOIS registry. The information displayed includes your admin contact info and email address, learn how to protect your domain.
- Obtain your authorization code, to find this go to your Domain Control Panel and click your authorization code link. Print the code info and give to your new registrar.
- Respond in a timely manner to the approval request email you receive from the registrar. You need approval from the administrative contact before the domain transfer can be completed. A second approval is necessary for the transfer from your current registrar.
Keep in mind that the domain must be active in order for the transfer to be successful. If, the domain is locked, inactive or in the process of being removed, etc. then this does not meet the requirements for a transfer.
A domain must also have been registered for more than 60 days at least before you are eligible to transfer registrars. However, if your domain is facing bankruptcy or involved in a legal dispute then the transfer of a domain name will not take effect.
If successful, the transfer of your domain name will generally take at least ten working days to be completed. This can be shorter or longer. it depends on the registrar you choose. The cost of transfer will also differ based on the registrar.
Below we share some of the pricing from several web hosts that charge for transferring domains as follows:
- Namecheap; transfer cost from $4.99
- GoDaddy; transfer cost from $7.99
- 1and1; transfer cost from $7.99
- Network solutions; transfer cost from $9.99
However, some Registrars may offer you with free domain transfer service if you agree to register your domain with them for a period of more than a year.