Updated on Jun 15, 2021
Bluehost is among the largest hosting companies аnd as part of their web hosting service, they also offer domain name registration. If you already have the perfect domain name, but you are not completely happy with your domain Bluehost registrar — do not worry! You can transfer that domain to another registrar stress and hassle-free. 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 Bluehost. 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 Bluehost 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 Bluehost, 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 Bluehost, you need to complete the following steps. We will provide guides for both the Bluerock and the Legacy Bluehost system.
Bluehost offers two different account management interface options; the original 'Legacy' control panel and Bluerock — the new user interface, introduced in 2018. Bluerock is designed for simplicity and ease of use. While management options are generally the same across interfaces, the location of some of the settings may vary between the two.
There are a few things that you have to do before you need to do before transferring your domain. Follow these steps to access your domain settings:
Your contact information is included on your domain's record in the WHOIS database, as ICANN requires. Upon transfer, the gaining registrar will use the information on the domain's record to email crucial information about the transfer to the administrative contact, so you need to make sure it's correct. It's best to avoid using an email address associated with the domain — use a public email service, such as Gmail.
You will only see the option to opt-out of the 60-day transfer lock if saving your changes will trigger a Change of Registrant request. If the option is not there, the Change of Registrant process will not apply.
Follow these steps to update your domain's contact information:
Do you see the option to opt out of the 60-day transfer lock? If that’s not the case, click the Update Contact Information button to save your changes. If the option is there, updating the contact information will initiate a Change of Registrant request, which requires both parties to approve of the changes before the updated record can be submitted to the registry.
After you've already moved your website files to a FastComet, you should update your name servers to minimize downtime during the transfer. As we mentioned already, you cannot make DNS changes while the transfer is in progress.
Your new DNS settings will begin to propagate as soon as you save your changes. Each Internet Service Provider (ISP) updates at a different rate. It usually takes 24 - 72 hours to complete worldwide. During this time, your emails will be down, and your web traffic will be directed to either the old (Bluehost) or new (FastComet) host, depending on the visitor's ISP.
Domains are locked by default to prevent unauthorized transfers. You have to unlock the domain before it can be transferred to a new registrar.
Next, you need the EPP code, which other registrars may refer to as the Authorization or Auth code. It is essentially a unique password for the domain, made up of letters, numbers, and special characters, which you'll give to the gaining registrar to authorize the transfer.
As with Bluerock, there are a few things you need to do before transferring your domain when using the Legacy version of the Bluehost system. First, follow these steps to access your domain settings:
If you only see three tabs, then the domain is already registered elsewhere. You can view the domain's registrar in the Main tab.
Follow these steps to update your domain's contact information:
Domains are locked by default to prevent unauthorized transfers. You must unlock the domain before it can be transferred to a new registrar.
Up until April 2021, removing the domain 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 privacy 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.
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 (Bluehost) 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.
Once the transfer request has been successfully submitted, and the process has been initiated at the registry level (usually up to several hours), you should receive an email to the listed administrative contact for the domain from Bluehost informing you that the domain transfer request was received. This is a typical security measure. You will have to approve the transfer in your Bluehost control panel to speed up the process:
Domain transfers can take up to five days to complete, but you can expedite the process by approving it manually once the transfer is pending.
The transfer will go through immediately, though it may take up to an hour for the gaining registrar to detect the change.
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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