WHAT is a DOMAIN TRANSFER


A domain (website name) is assigned to you from a main supplier (doesn't deal directly to public)

via an accredited domain registrar.


The registrar will provide you with a domain(s) and give you an interface

(an environment you log-in to) where you can control and manage your domain(s).


A domain transfer means you employ a different registrar who now provides your domain services.


BEFORE YOU TRANSFER

All registrars give protection & additional services for your domain, such as :-

   Domain Locking, WhoIs protection, Auto-renewal and Parking etc.


In most cases, these will prevent a transfer, and MUST be turned off.


This should all be possible in the interface from your existing registrar.


It is much easier if you have, or open, an account with the new registrar before starting a transfer.

   You're only dealing with one issue at a time.

   Not trying to juggle everything with the old and new registrar at the same time.

   (This might just be me, sometimes I have a list of domains to move & I need to keep check)


You will also need to obtain an authorisation code to pass-on to your new registrar.

This is usually obtained via your existing registrars interface.


During or after transfer you will need the Internet ID of the Name Server for your domain

(Server IP &/or DNS).

This is because the processes involved which brings you site to the public is  :-

1.  Your domain registration (with registrar) acts as an initial point of reference.

2.  It is then associated with the server hosting your domain.

3.  The server then provides the site or page.

4.  Your browser then loads and shows it.

The DNS details should be easily available in your interface with your hosting company.


If you are going to buy a domain & host it with the same company (not recommended) this is all

done for you.  (It is ok with my recommended providers)


I found it best to have all the details, above, written down.


ADDITIONAL

Some registrars make it harder to transfer, it might mean :-

1.  You have to initiate a process via their "Support" services.

2.  You are asked to explain your reasons for transferring.

3.  Some may make a charge to transfer out.

4.  Some might demand a short window of opportunity & hamper progress.

5.  Something else (I've forgotten or not encountered it, yet!).


It is best to transfer a domain at least two months before it expires, with your current

registrar, because :-

  Auto-renewal is, quite often, actioned one month before expiry.

  Complications can arise during transfer, which delays the transfer and it renews.

  You are now stuck with them for another year.


You will need to disable the WhoIs protection - this will put your Name, Address, Phone numbers,

and eMail addresses in public view.   This will mean unwanted attention from advertisers,

spammers and fraudsters. (see NOTES, below)


I have an eMail address reserved for these occasions.  I first change my contact details, in the

interface with my old registrar, to the naff eMail address

  (this can be scrapped & replaced, when the mail gets too heavy).


It might be worth opening a free eMail account just for this.

I just create a new one, on one of my other domain sites.


DURING TRANSFER

I have found it best to assign the Name Server (DNS) for your domain (if that is available),

when asking the new registrar to accept the transfer.


Activate WhoIs protection. (see NOTES, below)


You will usually receive eMails from your new and old registrar.

These ask for permissions and keep you updated on progress.


AFTER TRANSFER

You will usually receive eMails from your new and old registrar.


You can access your new interface and enjoy.


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DO IT BY NUMBERS

Start at least two months before expiry.

Don't forget - obtain and write down the details.


FREE eMAIL ACCOUNT

  1.  Create a new eMail account (a throw-away one).


YOUR New REGISTRAR

  2.  Open an account with your new registrar (use your proper eMail address)


YOUR HOSTING PROVIDER

  3.  Get & write down the DNS for your host server.


YOUR OLD REGISTRAR

  4.  Change the contact eMail address(s), for the domain. (use the throw-away one)


  5.  Turn off auto-renewal, for the domain.


   Wait a few days for the changes to propagate and take full effect (see NOTES, below).


  6.  Disable WhoIs, for the domain. (see NOTES, below)


  7.  Get transfer authorisation code for the domain.


YOUR NEW REGISTRAR

  8.  Start a transfer-in using the authorisation code, and assign the DNS.


eMAILS TO and FROM YOU

  9.  The new registrar will ask for confirmation.

 10.  The old registrar will ask for confirmation.

 11   Both will advice you about time-lines and dead-lines.

 12.  Both will confirm the transfer has started.

 13.  Both will confirm transfer is complete.

      It may take a few days, or more.


                    All done - wasn't it easy !


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NOTES

       When you turn off WhoIs protection

All of your details will be exposed to the public.

Even if this for only a few days - it is buffered.

This means it is stored in public databases for the world to see for some time.


Spammers, advertisers & fraudsters take advantage of this, and harvest your details.

This is why I use a throw-away eMail address and give it time to propagate first.

Give it a few days - Do NOT rush.


       When to turn off the WhoIs protection

If the new WhoIs details are not circulated to the various authorities before you turn off

WhoIs - your normal eMail address will still be circulated and then available to be harvested.


So, give it a few days, after changing your contact details, before you start the transfer.

You can check it by doing a FREE WhoIs check on the Internet (but do not rush).



       Transfer charge

This varies, many registrars offer a free transfer in.

Some may make a charge to transfer out.


Do not mistake the three tiers of charges :-

   Special offer on the 1st years registration.

   Renewal charge made in subsequent years.

   The cost of transfer.


In the first year, price is very important - but, freedom to transfer is paramount.


For the long term go for a registrar, who :-

  1.  Has no hidden charges.

  2.  Does not restrict transfer and makes no charge for it.

  3.  Has good public reviews.

  4.  Provides good customer support.

  5.  Has acceptable pricing.


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FOOTNOTES


I hope the information, in the pages of this site, help you to save time and money.


If you go to one of my recommended providers using one of links here -

When you purchase, I will get a few pennies for recommending them.


For that I thank you in advance.


If you want to thank me personally, you can use the eMaill address :-


          Hello@DomainCostCompare.com


    You may also see mistakes - please let me know.



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