Decided to move your website to a new host? Perhaps you didn't really like the old one or just found a much better
deal? Today we are going to show you how to transfer your domain to a new web host. It is a pretty straight forward
way but there are some step that you have to go through, and it usually takes a few days. After all the parties involved
are satisfied, your domain will be transfered. Though all of this is done behind the scenes and you just have to fill
out a few forms.
Transfer Your Domain
Make sure that your contact information is up to date. During the process you will be contacted by both your current host
and the new one. So you must make sure that it is all up to date.
If for some reason it is not up to date, you can do so by logging into the control panel of your current host.
They will probably use the information that is registered to your domain.
Set up an email with another administration. Numerous individuals utilize an email administration that is attached to
their domain name. During the exchange process, you will probably lose access to your email for your domain name. Ensure
that you have another email service, for example, a Gmail or Yahoo account, that you can use as an optional method for correspondence.
Make sure that your domain is unlocked. This process usually varies from web host to web host but you can normally unlock it
by going in to the control panel of your current registrar. Request your current registrar to unlock your domain.
Now you must request for an authorization code. Every host should provide you with this within a few days of your request.
Some of them will generate this code inside the control panel while others will send it to you via email. This code is
important as you will need it to transfer your domain.
Make sure that you have not registered or transfered your domain name in the last 60 days. If you have done so, you cannot
transfer your domain yet. This is an ICANN rule that you cannot transfer a domain if it was created or transfered within a 60 day period.
Now comes the actual process of transferring. Make sure you have read all the documents and support pages of your new registrar. It largely depends on the host itself, so make sure you have read it all and that you understand it.
Create an account with your new registar and then visit the domain transfer page in the control panel. You may also be provided with this option at the start when creating an account. However if this page is not available you may need to contact the support staff of the registrar to initiate the transfer process.
Now you need to enter in the domain that you want to transfer. Make sure to enter in the TLD (.com, .net etc), however you probably don't need to include the www. part of the domain. If you don't understand anything, there will probably be a help or tips section, just take a look at that.
Enter in your authorization code that you received from your old registrar. You must make sure to enter in the code exactly as it is or there will be an error in the transfer process. It is better practice to just copy and paste the code.
Now you will be asked to verify that you are actually transferring the domain. You will be contacted by your old registrar about the transfer through email or phone. This is why having correct and updated contact information is important.
Next you must pay the transfer fees if there are any. You will be notified what you have to do. Some registrars may offer a free transfer when you sign up with them. This usually depends on them.
Your domain is now ready to be transferred and you work now is done. Your new registrar will copy the settings and configure the DNS and nameservers from your old registrar. This process can usually take up a few days as it can take time to recognize the DNS. You can read more information about this in the help section of the registrar.
After all of that is done. Your domain will finally be transfered and you may now cancel your service with your old registrar.
But please make sure that the transfer is complete before doing so or your website will go down untill it is transfered fully.