It happens the other day that I was trying to transfer all my domain names from my current registrar to a new registrar. Here are the steps at how I got that done.
1. Unlock the domain
Registrars usually have a lock/unlock function which helps you protect your domain ownership. In order to transfer your domain to another registrar, make sure that the domain is unlocked. Once unlock, there should be a place where you can get the authorization code.
2. Authorization code
Your new domain registrar will ask for this code to initiate the transfer. Once entered, there will be some steps to cover such as accepting the terms and conditions and then paying the bills for the transfer. Nothing fancy there.
3. Confirmation email
An email will be sent by the new registrar to the email adress in which you had used to register the domains with your current registrar. This step is to make sure that you are really the person to initiate the transfer. Usually there will be a “click here” link to approve the transfer.
Make sure to check your spam mail folder as well if it’s been days that you have initiated the transfer but haven’t receive any notification yet.
4. Waiting Period
Then there is the wait. Basically, your new and old registrar will be “talking” to each other to process your transfer. If all goes well, the whole process can be finished within a week or two.
Note that you usually have to have a window from the expiration date with the current registrar to have a sucessful transfer. For example, don’t ever do a transfer when you know that there will only be 2 weeks left before you have to renew your domain. Most registrars will simply reject your from transfering to other registrars in those cases.
That’s it. Have fun!
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