Tips For Ensuring a Smooth Domain Name Transfer

Posted by Tom Walsh | Comments Off on Tips For Ensuring a Smooth Domain Name Transfer

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need to transfer a domain name from one registrar to another. It could because of cost, or support; but whatever the reason you are transferring your domain name these five easy tips should help to ensure the your domain name transfer goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Tip #1

Don’t let your domain expire

A lot of people don’t know this, but you really don’t really own your domain name. You are basically leasing it on a yearly basis (or multiple years if you do multi-year domain renewals). So while you are leasing it you can do whatever you want with it (including moving it to another registrar). However once the domain expires you no longer technically have an active lease on it so you can’t make changes to it.

Tip #2

Turn off Privacy Protection

This is another one that catches a lot of people off guard. Part of the transfer process is a series of emails that are sent to the email address for the registrant. Sadly, a lot of privacy protection services just don’t forward the email on to the actual recipient. I am assuming this has something to do with the amount of spam these types of address get in the first place. However you need those confirmation emails to come through, without them… well you aren’t going to get your domain transferred at all.

Tip #3

Make sure the domain isn’t currently locked

Having your domain locked at the registrar is something that we recommend all users do. It helps to prevent your domains from being fraudulently moved or stolen. However when you are moving you domain to another registrar it must be unlocked. As a matter of fact you can’t even start a transfer process at another registrar when the domain is locked, so be sure to take care of this before you start the transfer process.

Tip #4

Get your EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) Code from your current registrar

Now, not every TLD (Top Level Domain) supports EPP codes, but startin in 2006 you are required to have an EPP code to transfer a .com or a .net domain from one registrar to another. So go to your current registrar and get your EPP code, and then when setting up the transfer at the new registrar, enter it there to start your domain name transfer.

Tip #5

Make sure your registrant information is up to date

This one seems kind of obvious, but it is something that can be missed, especially if you have had a domain name for a really long time. Make sure that the information on your registrant contact for the domain has up to date information, specifically the email address. There are multiple emails that are sent by the various registrars during the domain name transfer process. If you don’t receive them, or they are going to a email address you don’t have control over any more, then you need to get that taken care of before you start the process.

Bonus Tip

Transferring a domain name to another registrar adds a year to the renewal

Some people don’t know that transferring a domain from one registrar to another will automatically extend the renewal date by one year. So if you are looking to move to another domain registrar, just keep that in mind. If your domain is set to expire in June 2018 and you transfer it to another registrar, they will automatically extend the expiration date another year. So your domain will now expire in June 2019.

Need Help?

Need help transferring your domain? Give ExpressHosting a shout and we can help move your domain for you! Domain name renewals start at just $14.99 a year for .com.

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