Transferring a domain name is the process of moving a domain from one registrar to another. It is possible to transfer up to 1000 domains at one time. For example, if you had a domain at Moniker.com and wanted to move it to GoDaddy.com, you would need to complete a domain transfer. This process is frequently confused with a domain change within the same registrar. There are more steps to completing a transfer and it also costs money.
There are a number of reasons why someone would need to transfer a domain name. One reason is if you are purchasing a domain name from someone who has it at a different registrar than the one you prefer to use.
Another instance is that if you backorder a domain on the aftermarket from a service like SnapNames or NameJet. Often the registrars that “catch” the domain you backordered are small and not used by many people. Therefore, it is inconvenient to keep a domain at these smaller registrars. Most domain owners like to keep all of their domains at one registrar so that they are easier to manage and keep track of.
The process of transferring a domain is pretty simple and straightforward. It can vary slightly at different registrars, but usually not by much. Transfers are usually easier to complete when transferring between larger, more established domain registrars.
How To Transfer Your Domain
1. Verify the e-mail on the whois information – It is important to make sure that the e-mail address is correct since both registrars will be sending e-mails this address in order to confirm the transfer. If privacy has been purchased for the domain, it needs to be deactivated.
2. Unlock the domain – This can be done from the user’s admin panel at the current registrar.
3. Get the authorization code – This is also referred to at some registrars as the EPP code or transfer key. You can find this at the user’s admin panel or sometimes you will need to request it via e-mail from the registrar.
4. Buy a domain transfer – Usually the price is under $10. Some registrars will give you an additional year of registration with the transfer purchase.
5. Enter the authorization code – You will also need to confirm and initiate the domain transfer after entering the authorization code.
6. Transfer complete – Most domain transfers take between 5-7 days, depending on the registrar and extension. You can check the status of the transfer during the process.
Why Would A Domain Transfer Fail?
Unfortunately, there are times when a domain transfer fails. There are a few common reasons why this happens. A couple of the more common mistakes are that the domain name being transferred is not unlocked or the authorization code was entered incorrectly. Simply unlock the domain or enter the correct authorization code, and initiate the transfer again.
Another reason the domain transfer may fail is that the domain was registered or transferred less than 60 days prior to the attempt. Due to ICANN restrictions, a domain may not be transferred during this period. Once the 60 days are up, the domain will be eligible for a transfer.