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