Transferring a domain name can be as easy as signing up for a forum or as difficult as recreating the Mona Lisa. Here are some ways to make a transfer go better and some key points to remember on the domain name transfer process.
Before you go to your registrar’s home page or call any support number, take a step back and make sure you know what it is you want! I can’t stress this enough: if you are confused as to what you want to do, then you will probably confuse the customer service representative and that’s not good! We are going to assume that you want to take a domain name that’s registered with a certain registrar and move the domain name to another registrar. Please take note that the ONLY thing this accomplishes is that the domain name is now “leased” by a different company, that’s it! This has nothing to do with your website, your email, your DNS, or anything like that! The most common mistake is when someone’s webhost tells them to “transfer” the domain name to different servers. What they are talking about is something called DNS and that’s another article on its own. So if you’re still following me and want to change the registrar of record for the domain name, then please continue.
If you have gotten this far then you probably have another registrar in mind where you want to move the domain name to. That’s great! Many people ask which companies I recommend and from personal experience I would say use GoDaddy or Network Solutions. While the price difference is considerable, they both have different things to offer so it comes down to what you want and what you need.
The first thing that needs to be doneto transfer a domain is the transfer needs to be initiated. The only company that can initiate a domain name transfer is the gaining registrar (the company you want to move the domain to). No one else is able to do this, so either call up the new registrar, or go to their website to initiate the transfer. You will most likely need to set up an account if you don’t already have one which only takes a few minutes. Initiating the transfer is quite easy as most registrars have a very simple online process. While each registrar is different, the process is usually as simple as logging into your account, clicking on something that says “transfer domains”, typing in the domain name, and clicking “ok”.
Now the transfer is in motion! Here’s what happens behind the scenes to your domain name – it’s important to understand this so you know what’s going on at all times! This blog is to be continued in my next issue, in the maintain visit Sticky Web Domains to buy domain name, free domains or domain aftermarket.