Domain name transfer

Started by Donna D. Phillips, Jul 11, 2022, 01:08 AM

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Would it be advisable to change the registrar of a domain if the current one is unsatisfactory? Is the process of transferring challenging?


The key aspect of transferring is selecting a reliable registrar, but the process itself is relatively simple.

The domain coordination center's official website provides a comprehensive list of registered registrars, and it's essential to review the transfer conditions before proceeding. It's worth noting that certain registrars may require in-person visits or notarized applications for domain transfers.


When the service provider changes, the domain owner remains the same. However, changing the domain administrator is possible after the transfer process has concluded, but only under certain conditions.
If the "Private Person" service is disabled or more than two months have passed since initial registration, then the Authinfo code must be obtained via an application in order to proceed with the transfer.

Here are the steps for transferring a domain:
1. Log in to your registrar's site and access the transfer form within your personal account settings.
2. Enter the domain information and confirm the transfer.
3. Apply for transfer on the next page and provide the Authinfo code and registrant information.
4. Select new DNS servers for the domain or retain the current ones on the following page.
5. Proceed to the shopping cart and renew the domain for another year, then pay the invoice.
6. Your application for domain transfer will be accepted, and the domain will appear as "Inactive" in your personal account.
7. An email confirmation will be sent to your address, and you should follow the link to confirm the transfer.
8. The service status will then change to "PENDING_TRANSFER," indicating that the transfer process has commenced, which typically lasts 5-10 days.


Changing the registrar of a domain can be a good option if the current one is unsatisfactory. The process of transferring a domain to a new registrar can vary in terms of difficulty depending on the specific circumstances. It typically involves a few steps such as obtaining an authorization code from your current registrar, initiating the transfer with the new registrar, and confirming the transfer via email.
While the process itself may not be too challenging, there are factors to consider such as any potential downtime during the transfer and ensuring that all necessary settings and records are properly configured on the new registrar's platform. It's recommended to thoroughly research and understand the transfer process before proceeding to ensure a smooth transition.

In addition to the steps mentioned earlier, here are a few more details about the process of transferring a domain to a new registrar:

1. Research and choose a new registrar: Look for a reputable registrar that meets your requirements in terms of pricing, customer support, features, etc.

2. Check domain eligibility: Some domains have specific transfer eligibility requirements, such as being at least 60 days old or not being locked due to recent changes. Ensure that your domain is eligible for transfer.

3. Prepare your domain for transfer: Before initiating the transfer, it's essential to ensure that your domain contact information is up to date and accurate. This can speed up the transfer process and prevent any potential issues during the transfer.

4. Obtain an authorization code: You may need to request an authorization or EPP code from your current registrar. This code serves as proof that you own the domain and authorizes the transfer.

5. Initiate the transfer with the new registrar: Begin the transfer process with your new registrar. They will guide you through the necessary steps, which usually involve providing the authorization code and initiating the transfer request.

6. Confirm the transfer: Once the transfer request is initiated, an email is sent to both the administrative contact of the domain and the registered email address of the domain owner. You'll typically need to approve the transfer by following the provided instructions in the email.

7. Complete the transfer: Depending on the domain extension, the transfer process may take a few days or longer. During this time, it is important to keep all settings up to date with both the old and new registrar to minimize downtime.

8. Verify the transfer completion: After the transfer is completed, verify that all the necessary DNS settings, email configurations, and other associated services are correctly set up with the new registrar.

few additional considerations when transferring a domain to a new registrar:

1. Domain expiration: Make sure the domain is not close to its expiration date when initiating the transfer. Some registrars may not allow transfers for expired domains, and transferring a domain during this period can complicate the process.

2. Privacy settings: If you have privacy settings enabled on your domain, ensure that these settings are properly transferred to the new registrar. This ensures that your personal information remains private and protected.

3. Additional services: Consider any additional services or features associated with your domain, such as email forwarding, website hosting, or SSL certificates. Confirm if these services will be affected during the transfer and ensure that they are properly set up with the new registrar.

4. Research transfer fees: Some registrars charge a fee for transferring domains. It's essential to understand and compare the costs associated with transferring your domain to a new registrar.

5. Check for any transfer restrictions: Certain domain extensions may have transfer restrictions or specific requirements that need to be met before initiating the transfer. Research these requirements beforehand to avoid any issues during the process.

Remember to backup all important data related to your domain, such as website files, emails, and DNS configurations, before initiating the transfer. This ensures that you have a copy of this information in case of any unforeseen issues during the transfer process.