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Transfer a Domain!

You know sometimes you register a domain and it just doesn't work out. But wait! You still want that domain. Now you have to navigate the tricky road of getting it transferred to a new registrar. I'm going to break it down for you so you can feel a little more confident.

Each registrar will have its own way of handling domain transfers, but in essence this is how it works. (I made you a flow chart, but I'll write it all out too).

First, make sure that your domain is eligible for transfer. This means that it's not locked and its not in register-hold status. Keep in mind, you can't transfer a domain if it's less than 60 days old or if it's within two weeks of expiring. If it is locked, go to your current registrar and unlock it. You may also need an authorization code from your current registrar.

Next, you must initiate the transfer with the new registrar. They should walk you through any steps you need to take, usually beginning with a confirmation email that tells you what you need to do next. Follow their rules and all shall be well. From here they take over.

Your new registrar will contact the administrator of the WHOIS database that holds your domain info to get approval. Once that is approved, they will contact the TLD registry for approval. The TLD registry will now contact your old registrar for approval. If everything checks out the TLD will notify your new registry and transfer the domain. Whew! That's a lot. Luckily, you only need to make sure your know what's expected of you with your registrars and you don't need to get tangled up in the in between stuff.

Transfer a Domain Chart


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