How to Transfer a Domain Name
Plagued by subpar hosting? Learn how to transfer a domain name and leave you unreliable host behind. It’s easier than you think!
Domain name buying and transferring are as big or small as you want them to be.
But not all – or even a majority of – domain name business is so grandiose. If you are interested in how to transfer a domain name, no matter how big or small, to someone else or just to another server: scroll down for a helping jumping off point.
1. How to Transfer a Domain Name 101: Make Sure Your Contact Information is Up to Date
It is pivotal that your contact information is up to date for the transfer process. While going through your domain name transfer, you are almost 100% likely to be contacted by both your new registrar and your previous one.
As tech intuition predicts, both registrars will use the contact information that is registered to your domain.
This is an easy process, and it can be done through updating your information from your current domain’s control panel. You do not want to be held up, or frustrated, because of you being unreachable for the registrars, just because you purchased that domain name fifteen years ago, and it is still under your college AOL email address.
2. Back Up is Always the Key: Make sure to Get an Additional Email Address
Before you begin your domain transfer process, make sure to set up an email with another service.
Countless people, often out of habit, utilize the email service that is tied to their domain. And although website hosting companies are improving immensely in how much time you lose access; you are still more than likely to lose it to your email service for your domain name.
As a precautionary move, make sure to set up a secondary email. Any basic site, from Yahoo to Hotmail to Google, will work just fine.
It is important that you have a substitute for your means of communication if anything happens.
As the old saying goes, it is better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.
3. Paying Attention to Details is Key
Almost everything in domain transfer is done for you. But there are a few things you mustn’t forget:
- See if you can request for your domain to be unlocked.
- Request an authorization code.
- Check and see how long it has been since a previous transfer.
These may seem like trifles, but all three are very important in your transfer.
Some registrars will keep your domain unlocked, but they are not required to by law, so remember to play nice.
What is required by law is a registrar giving you your authorization code within five days of you asking for it. Five days isn’t that long, but remember, if you are in a hurry: five days can feel like forever.
And speaking of days, it is vital that you check and see how long it’s been since your last transfer. By law, you cannot transfer domains in less than sixty days.
Domain Transfer Made Easy
Technology is scary to quite a few people. But it doesn’t have to be. Just like everything else in your life, the more prepared you are and the more you pay attention, the better off you’ll be.
So, no matter your age or ability, you can learn how to transfer a domain name.
Do you have any additional questions about transferring your domain name? Or perhaps, you would like help registering a new one? For all of your questions, please feel free to contact us, and we would be happy to help!