How to Transfer a Domain Name to Another Registrar
In this text we are going to tell you about the easiest and the fastest way to perform domain name transfer, i.e., moving an entire website from one hosting server to another. It is important to note that this will in no way affect site rank, which is something that concerns everyone.
In order to keep the website rank in search engines even after the domain name transfer on a new host, you have to perform redirection or otherwise you will have two websites with the same content but with different domains. Google sees this as “setting up” search results and will therefore punish your website. The solution to avoiding such potential problems is very simple. If you have just several pages on the website, the easiest way to perform redirection is with the PHP. At the beginning of every page, before any other html tag, you should input the following code:
Header ( “HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently” );
Header ( “Location: http://www.NEWSITENAME.COM ” );
So, you just have to write the address to which you want to redirect a certain page.
If you have a large website with lots of content, it would be lots of work to individually direct every page to a new location. This can easily be done from an .htaccess file with just two code lines. In this case, to perform redirection of an entire website with all its folders and pages onto a new domain, you should perform changes in the already mentioned .htaccess file. If you use Total Commander to access the web server, and if you don’t see it in your root directory .htaccess file, pick from the menu Net-FTPshow_hidden_files.Open .htaccess file with Notepad or some other similar program and write the following two code lines:
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.NEWDOMAINNAME.COM/$1 [R=301,L].
Save this file – and watch out how you save it, so it doesn’t get a .txt extension. The safest way to save it is under quotation marks: “.htaccess” so that you know that it is saved just as it is. This will literally transfer your entire website onto a new domain.