Internet opportunities are not static. They evolve in parallel to your business growth. At some point, you may understand the domain registrar you chose years ago no more satisfies your business requirements. For such and similar cases, read how to transfer your domain to another registrar further in this article.
The common reasons why to decide so
Most probably, if you choose to transfer your domain, that’s because something is missing in your current registrar, which you can find on the other one.
If things go wrong, it’s better to save the situation by transferring the domain rather than changing it. That’s not easy to generate a new domain, especially the one that already has certain popularity among your customers.
So, what are the most common reasons people choose to transfer a domain?
- You are not satisfied with the service
- Your website is hacked
- The load times are slow
- Uptimes are inconsistent
- There are less costly alternatives for the same package of services
- You want to unite all your domains in one registrar
- You decide to sell a domain
Whatever the reason, make sure you choose your next registrar carefully. The domain transfer is easy and quick. However, it will still require certain efforts, time, and money. So, make sure your investment is worth it.
The general step’s flow for transferring a domain
Each registrar has its domain transfer procedure, and you can freely access that information on their websites or by consulting with their specialists. You may often be free of all the transfer concerns and delegate all the processes to the registrar specialists.
Billioname offers domain transfer services regardless of what registrar you used before. The typical transfer process will take 5-7 days.
Read below the general steps you should take to transfer your domain .
Step 1 | Make sure the domain is ready to transfer
As simple as it may sound, you need to make sure your current domain is not expired on your current account before transferring it to a new one. If you have just purchased or renewed your domain, you should wait at least 60 days before transferring it.
“.de,” “.uk,” and “.co.uk” domains usually have a different procedure of transfer. So, consult with both current and future registrars on the exact methods you should do in those cases.
Step 2 | Remove your domain lock
Disabling the current registrar’s lock is an essential step before you can complete any actions with the domain.
For that, you should usually enter your domain’s management section and find the “disable lock” icon. If you can’t find it, refer to your registrar’s support. In some cases, this feature may be “carefully hidden” for the domain security and prevention from unauthorized transfers.
Step 3 | Get the authorization code
You may meet this code also as “EPP code” or “transfer key.” The idea behind the authorization code is the same as the verification code sent to your phone before completing an important action on the web, such as password change.
You will enter this password when completing the actual transfer to prove you are the domain owner and have the right to transfer it.
The code may be already sent to you, located somewhere in the back-end of your website, or you should refer to its provider for generating a new one. As the latter may last for some days, try to request it as soon as possible so that you do not have extra delays in the transferring process later.
Step 4 | Input the domain and the EPP code to the new registrar
When you enter the new registrar, you will have a separate section to enter the transferring domain in most of them. Once you do it, you should be asked to enter the EPP code. Also, you may receive an email, which will contain all the data you want to transfer.
By checking one last time, you can confirm the action right from the email link. The approach again depends on certain registrars.
Note that the transfer process requires some background actions like confirmation of both registrars. Therefore, you may wait for some hours or even days to finally transfer your domain.
Step 5 | Proceed with payment
The payment may or may not be requested per different registrars. For example, Google Domains does not ask you to make a payment, but you will need to register for one additional year.
Now you can move to further improvements of your business.