How To Transfer a Domain Name?
Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another can be a bit of a complicated task. However, in reality, it isn’t really that complex if you’ve gathered enough information prior to taking a step ahead.
The very first step in the process is to find the new “home” for your domain name. You only have two options – a domain registrar or a web hosting company that can act as a domain registrar. In such cases, when someone attempts to reach your site, the internet directory system (called DNS) will be connecting them to find out where your website is located.
This is a perfect solution but may not be the lowest cost as there are certain web hosts that now offer domain registrar services as well. The second option will allow you to manage the domain name together with hosting your website in one place and often comes at a lower price. So, you need to decide first what is more appropriate for you. Though, it’s highly recommended to choose a service where everything is being managed in one location.
The second step is to visit your old registrar and get your authorization code. This code is required to give your new registrar the authority to request the domain name transfer. On most registrars, this code can be acquired easily by navigating to the proper page. Once you’ve obtained this code, you are ready to start the transfer process.
The third step in the process is to ensure that the domain name is “open” to transfer. Years ago the process was quite easy and thus hijacking was a common issue. However, since the registrars moved to a system that allows the users to set domain names to a “locked” state which would prevent the hijackers to take charge of your domain.
Once you have found your new home, got your authorization code and the domain is “open” to transfer, you are set to take further action. The fourth step is critical that is to initiate and accept the domain transfer.
Once you are done with all the steps – the final step is to make sure everything works well after the transfer. The actual transfer may take anywhere from a few hours to several days.
A quick review on several steps involved in the process:
1. Find a new registrar or a webhost which offers registrar services
2. Get the authorization code
3. Make the request
4. Accept the request sent to your email
5. Make sure everything works appropriately after the transfer
Finally, after following these 5 crucial steps, you will be able to successfully transfer the domain name easily.