Everything You Need to Know About Transferring a Domain

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Everything You Need to Know About Transferring a Domain

Most domain registrars offer packages that include a wide range of features, pricing, and functionality.  Some may provide superior customer support while other domain registrars have user-friendly interfaces that are easier to navigate. But if you are unsatisfied with your current domain name registrar, or their services no longer fit your budget, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. It is possible to do a domain transfer to another registrar with a few easy steps.  

Here’s everything you need to know about transferring a domain. 

What is a domain transfer?  

A domain transfer takes place when you move your domain from one registrar to another – and it’s a  relatively simple process. 

It is important to note that just because your domain is managed by a registrar, in no way do they own your domain name. As the registrant, you are the sole owner of the domain. 

There are two types of domain transfers: 

Internal Transfers 

This transfer is between accounts registered at the same domain registrar.

External Transfers

This transfer is from one registrar to another through the same account.

When Do Businesses Require A Domain Transfer?

Traditionally speaking, unless your domain registrar is going out of business, businesses rarely have to transfer a domain name. That said, here are some of the common reasons why businesses transfer  domains: 

  • Better prices or features
  • Registrar policies don’t work for your business 
  • Your domains may be registered with several registrars, so you want to consolidate accounts 
  • Some hosting companies require your domain name to be registered with them to use their services. 

Initiating A Transfer You May Not Need

For the most part, the registrar is capable of handling any issues you might be facing before a transfer is  needed:

For example, you want to connect your domain name to an online platform or web host, in which case you only need to connect the DNS record. Or, you might want to change from one web host to another. As such,  your nameservers need only be updated. 

Consequently, your business is susceptible to several renewal scams when your domain is up for renewal,  or you need to update the domain’s ownership details – all of which can be handled by your registrar.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to contact your registrar and sort things out first.  

Transfer Details To Bear In Mind

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Ensure Compliance With Company Policies 

Some registrars may have policies in place that disallow transfers unless requirements are met: 

Some policies prevent transfers with registrations younger than sixty days. Therefore, if your business has only recently registered your domain, you’re in tough luck. 

Moreover, you should check to see if your domain is active. Though unlikely, some registrars allow domain transfers even if they are expired. However, if your domain is in a redemption period, you will have to restore it before you can transfer

Retrieve Your Domain’s Transfer Auth Code 

One of the most crucial aspects of transferring your domain name, you need to find and copy the domain’s transfer auth code (also known as an EPP code).

You can easily access your domain’s auth code in your domain’s dashboard. However, some registrars require you to contact their support so you can access it.

Initiating Your Domain Transfer 

Moving ahead, you will need to initiate the transfer at the registrar you are moving to, rather than the registrar you are currently registered at.

In this case, you’ll first have to enter your domain name and its auth code.

Given that some ccTLDs work differently, many may also require you to provide some additional information, such as your ID number or code. 

Approving Your Domain Transfer

Once you confirm the transfer, it’s a matter of waiting for the transfer to complete.

Be sure to plan for when your website is down. During your transfer, your domain will be offline, as it won’t be connected to its DNS records.

Setup After Transfer Completion 

For the most part, your domain will transfer to its new registrar along with its pre-existing nameservers, as  DNS settings are unable to move over. Therefore, if you’re using a specific host that you want to continue with, no changes are required.

However, if you want to modify your DNS records, you will need to change the nameserver to the new registrar’s nameservers.

Transfer And Post-Transfer Billings

It is important to note that you may be charged for the domain transfer, which usually covers a year’s worth of renewal fees.

However, if there is no charge involved, it means that there is no renewal included in the transfer. As such,  your domain’s expiry date will be the same – even after the transfer.

Therefore, your previous registrar will bill you for the renewal shortly before the expiry date. For example, if your domain is due to expire a month after the transfer, the registrar will notify you of the bill. 

In Conclusion

All in all, transferring a domain name doesn’t have to be a time-consuming affair.

Save yourself the time and hassle by researching your domain registrar so that they can assist you throughout the process.