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How to Transfer Away a Domain Name From A2 Hosting to FastComet

Updated on Oct 15, 2021

If you already have the perfect domain name, but you are not completely happy with your A2 Hosting domain registrar — no worries! You can transfer that domain to another registrar stress and hassle-free. Thousands of customers have trusted FastComet when seeking more affordable pricing for the smoothest transfer process possible. The best thing, in that case, is that when you transfer your domain name over, you will be able to manage all your domain settings and billing from your FastComet account, and you will have everything needed in one place. Additionally, you can use the domain name as a Private DNS or set it up with Google Apps. Also, we will send you an email to inform you when your domain is close to expiration in order to avoid any website downtime due to missed domain renewal.

Here at FastComet, we make it exceptionally easy to transfer a domain registered that you have registered with A2 Hosting. Let us guide you through each step with simple instructions.

Table of Contents:

Prepare to Transfer the Domain Safely and Easily

Before we continue with the domain transfer, keep note that when transferring a domain name away, the nameservers associated with that domain stay the same during the transfer from a registrar to another. For example: in case your domain name is using the default A2 Hosting nameservers, those will be preserved during the domain transfer. That’s why you will not be able to change your domain’s nameservers until the transfer is finished.

So, in case you have switched to another web hosting provider and your website was already migrated, you need to make sure that your domain name is pointed to the right nameservers before initiating the domain transfer. Again — you will NOT be able to change the domain’s nameservers until the domain name transfer is complete.

Keep in mind that Domain Name Registration and Web Hosting are separate services. The domain name transfer completion will not migrate your website automatically. If you are a FastComet customer and your wish is to transfer your website from A2 Hosting, go ahead and submit a migration request from your client area. Our transfer experts will move your existing sites and emails free of charge, as quickly as possible, and with zero downtime.

Special Offer:

Once the domain name transfer is completed, you can take advantage of our special offer. We will renew your domain for one year free of charge.

The details listed in this article are only in regards to transferring your domain’s registration to another registrar. The transferring of the hosting for your website is a completely different process. You can read more about that process in the following article: How to transfer your website to FastComet.

Review Domain Name Transfer Requirements

  • Domain names need to have been registered for more than 60 days in order for them to be eligible for transfer. This 60-day registrar lock is to prevent fraud and theft of domains. This is according to ICANN's Transfer Policy;
  • You cannot transfer your domain if it's within 60 days of а previous transfer;
  • Usually, the domain name should have more than 15 days before its expiration date;

For more information on that matter, you can check our tutorial on domain transfer requirements.

Prior to attempting to transfer a domain away from A2 Hosting, you need to complete the following steps.

Steps to Transfer A Domain From A2 Hosting

To prepare your domain name to be transferred away from A2 Hosting you must engage in the following steps:

    • On the menu bar, click Domains, and you will be sent to My Domains:

Click on Domains in A2 Client Area

    • Find the domain you would like to transfer away and use the drop-down menu to choose Manage Domain:

Manage Domain A2 Hosting

    • In the Manage sidebar, click Registrar Lock.
    • You can disable the lock (if it's enabled). To do this, click Disable Registrar Lock. Here's how the final result should look:

Disabled Registrar Lock A2

  • Update your Domain Contact Information if necessary (Whois information)
    • On the menu bar, click Domains, and you will be sent to My Domains.
    • Find the domain you would like to transfer away and use the drop-down menu to choose Manage Domain.
    • In the Manage sidebar, click Contact Information:

Edit Contact Information A2

    • You can update the domain name whois contact information for the following contacts. For each contact, you can select an existing account contact, or enter the custom contact information in the text boxes provided:
            • Registrant Contact
            • Administrative contact
            • Technical contact
            • Confirm your edits by clicking Save Changes.
  • Disable ID Protection (Whois Privacy) for your Domain

Up until April 2021, removing the Domain ID Protection (Domain Privacy/Whois Privacy) was a requirement for each domain transfer. This requirement was because when transferring a domain name from another registrar to FastComet, we are required by ICANN to send a transfer verification email to the current registrant email address. If you initiate a domain transfer while having Domain ID Protection enabled at your current domain registrar, there is a high probability that the transfer verification email will not be delivered. That is no longer the case. As of April 2021, Domain Privacy no longer needs to be paused or disabled when transferring a domain name. The transfer can proceed even if a domain's privacy is enabled.

  • Obtain your EPP/Authorization code
    • On the menu bar, click Domains, and you will be sent to My Domains.
    • Find the domain you would like to transfer away and use the drop-down menu to choose Manage Domain.
    • In the Manage sidebar, click Get EPP Code.
    • A confirmation page appears, notifying you that the EPP code has been sent to the registrant e-mail address for the domain:

Get EPP Code A2 Hosting

After completing the preparation, let some time pass (a day or so) before you initiate the transfer. You can also check the Whois info for your domain. You can do this at http://www.whois.net or http://whois.domaintools.com or similar sites, to make sure everything shows up and is correct.

Purchase Your FastComet Hosting Plan

The first thing you should do (if you haven’t already) is choosing one of our hosting plans. You can check our price list on your own, but it’s in your best interest to contact one of FastComet’s Customer Care specialists, who will help you pick the best plan for your online project. 

Note:

If you already have an existing website that you plan to move over, check the correct steps to transfer both your Domain Name and Website to Avoid Downtime 

  • Once you have chosen your starting plan with FastComet, click on the GET STARTED button:

Choose FastComet Plan and Get Started

  • Choose the option “I already Have a Domain,” and then click on the USE THIS DOMAIN button:

Choose Domain and Use It

Note:

Choosing "I already Have a domain does not initiate the domain transfer. You need to do that additionally, as we explain further below in this post.

  • You will see a screen where you have to input all your contact and billing info. Make sure all the information is correct. Once you are ready, go through our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. If you agree with our terms, check the box, and finish by clicking on the button COMPLETE ORDER:

FastComet Complete Order

Update the Nameservers to Point to FastComet

The transfer needs time to process. As your previous provider (A2 Hosting) should release the domain to FastComet, it’s best that you point your domain to the FastComet nameservers or via A record to the IP address provided to you in your Welcome email, so that you can start working on your website. 

Be sure that you have updated your name servers before the transfer begins so that your domain will be working as soon as possible.

Note:

When you make changes to your DNS, please allow up to 72 hours for propagation after making the change. We recommend performing no changes on your website during that time, as once the propagation is over, they may not be saved on the new server.

Submit a Domain Transfer Request to FastComet

As you may have already seen during purchasing your FastComet hosting plan, we offer domain transfer services to all existing customers. After transferring your domain to FastComet, you get access to our user-friendly domain management interface, and you can take full control of your domain.

To start the transfer process for your domain name, please ensure that you have access to your domain administrative email address. In case you no longer have access to that email address, you may request to have that email changed by your current domain registrar.

When you have done everything in this post up until now, and you are sure that all requirements are met, continue with the following steps:

  • Login to your FastComet Client Area;
  • Click on the Domain Transfer link under the Domains section in your Client Area:

FastComet Domain Transfer Client Area

  • Input your domain and select your domain extension to check if the domain transfer is available for your domain:

Check Domain Transfer Availability

If you don’t find your extension on the list, contact our technical support for further information. You can do that by submitting a new support ticket.

  • If your domain is available for transfer, click on the Add to Cart button to proceed:

Add Domain to Cart

  • Insert your Authorization (EPP) Code in the field shown in this screenshot:

Input EPP Code FastComet

  • If all requirements for the successful domain transfer are met, you should receive your domain transfer confirmation email shortly.

Note:

After changing your domain name servers, the new ones will be set after the domain transfer is complete. Your domain will not be modified by our registrar during the transfer.

Check the Status of a Domain Transfer

Domain transfers can take 5 - 7 days to complete. You may contact us at any time to inquire about your transfer status.

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