Updated on May 12, 2023
If you already have a great domain name but are dissatisfied with the services WordPress.com provides, don't worry! Your domain can be easily transferred to another registrar. One of the most advantageous aspects of transferring your domain to FastComet is that you can manage all of your domain settings and billing from your FastComet account. You will have everything you require in one location. You can also use the domain name as a Private DNS, or you can set it up with Google Apps. Furthermore, we send emails to all of our clients when their domains are about to expire to avoid any downtime caused by a missed domain renewal. You will not be an exception.
Here at FastComet, we make it super easy to transfer a domain registered with WordPress.com by guiding you through each step with simple instructions.
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Before you continue with the domain transfer, take note that whenever a domain name is transferred away, the nameservers associated with it stay the same during its transfer from one registrar to another. Say your domain is using the default WordPress.com nameservers; they will be preserved during the domain transfer, which is why you will not be able to change them until the transfer is finalized.
This means that if you switched to another web hosting provider and your website was already migrated, make sure that your domain name is pointed to the new hosting provider before initiating a domain transfer. Again, you won’t be able to change the nameservers until the domain transfer is complete.
Remember that Domain Name Registration and Web Hosting are two distinct services. The domain name transfer process will not automatically migrate your website. If you are a FastComet customer and want to migrate your website from WordPress.com, you can do so from your client area. Our transfer specialists will migrate your existing website(s) and email(s) for free, seamlessly, and with no downtime.
You can take advantage of our special offer once the domain name transfer is complete. We will renew your domain for free for one year.
The details listed here are only for transferring your domain’s registration to another registrar. The transferring of the hosting for your site is a completely different process. Read more about the process in the following article: How to transfer your website to FastComet.
For more thorough information, you can check our tutorial on domain transfer requirements.
Prior to attempting to transfer a domain away from WordPress.com, you must complete the following steps.
You should start by accessing your WordPress.com account where your domain is currently registered.
Follow these steps to prepare your domain for transfer:
It's important to note that a domain transfer takes about five (5) days to complete, so if you want your domain to start working with your new provider sooner, you should first change the name servers to FastComet's before proceeding with the transfer. After you start the transfer, you cannot change the domain's name servers.
If you didn’t receive the email, make sure the email address on file for your domain is correct. It’s possible that your WordPress.com account email is different from the email address associated with your domain. You can send the code again by clicking the Resend Transfer Code button:
Clicking Cancel Transfer will re-lock your domain and enable Privacy Protection (if applicable).
For domains ending in .nl, .com.br and .net.br, WordPress.com needs to request authorization codes directly from the domain registry. For .nl, codes are typically sent within a week. For .com.br and .net.br, they are sent within 72 hours.
Until April 2021, one of the requirements for a domain transfer was to remove the Domain ID Protection (also known as Domain Privacy, Private Registration, and so on). The requirement was in place because ICANN requires us to send a transfer verification email to the current registrant's email address when you transfer a domain name from another registrar to FastComet. If you initiate a domain transfer while still having ID Protection enabled at your current domain registrar, the transfer verification email is unlikely to be delivered. That is no longer the case. You do not need to pause or disable Domain ID Protection when transferring your domain name as of April 2021. With ID Protection enabled, the domain transfer can proceed.
The first thing you should do (if you haven’t already) is to choose from our hosting plans. You can check our price list on your own, but you should consider contacting 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 should release the domain to FastComet, it is a good idea to point your domain to the FastComet nameservers or via A record to the IP address, provided to you in your Welcome email, so that be able to start working on your website.
Changing your name servers while your domain is being transferred may cause the transfer to fail. 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 24 hours for propagation after making the change. Thus, 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 provide 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 initiate the transfer process for your domain name, please make sure 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.
If all requirements for the successful domain transfer are met, you should receive your domain transfer confirmation email shortly.
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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