Domain transfer refers to the process of moving a domain name from one domain registrar to another. Transferring a domain can be useful for various reasons, such as better pricing, improved customer service, or additional features offered by the new registrar. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to transfer a domain:
1. Check Domain Transfer Eligibility:
- Ensure that the domain is eligible for transfer. Typically, a domain must be at least 60 days old and not be in a locked or suspended status.
- Verify that the domain has not been transferred within the last 60 days, as ICANN prohibits transferring domains more than once within this period.
2. Prepare the Domain for Transfer:
- Unlock the domain at the current registrar. Domain locking is a security feature that prevents unauthorized transfers. You can usually unlock the domain from the domain management dashboard.
- Obtain the domain's authorization code (also known as EPP code or transfer code). This unique code is required to authorize the transfer. You can request the code from your current registrar, and they must provide it within five days.
3. Initiate the Transfer at the New Registrar:
- Sign up or log in to your account at the new registrar.
- Locate the domain transfer option and enter the domain name you wish to transfer.
- Provide the authorization code you obtained from the current registrar.
- Complete the payment for the domain transfer, if applicable. Note that transferring a domain usually extends its registration by one year.
4. Confirm the Domain Transfer:
- You will receive a confirmation email from the new registrar with instructions on how to approve the transfer.
- Follow the instructions to confirm the transfer. This step may involve clicking a confirmation link or logging in to your account at the new registrar.
5. Monitor the Transfer Status:
- The domain transfer process can take anywhere from a few hours to seven days, depending on the registrars involved.
- Keep an eye on your email for updates on the transfer status. You may also check the transfer status from your new registrar's domain management dashboard.
6. Update Domain Settings (if necessary):
- After the transfer is complete, verify that the domain's DNS settings, such as nameservers and DNS records, are correct at the new registrar.
- If you're using custom nameservers or have specific DNS records, you may need to reconfigure these settings at the new registrar.
Remember to always back up your website and email data before transferring a domain, as the transfer process may cause temporary downtime.