Updated on May 26, 2023
When registering a domain name, you are considered the official domain name owner. At any time, you, as the domain name owner, can switch to a registrar that suits your needs better. You can initiate the transfer itself with the gaining registrar, and there are a few things you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly.
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Domain registrars vary widely from one another. There are many more aspects of registrars than just selling you a domain name: from the functionality they offer to their dependability. The good news is that you're not obligated to use your registrar if you are dissatisfied with them. You can change at any moment.
There are several factors to consider when switching to a new registrar.
Every registrar provides various options and services, including email, web hosting, and privacy protection. You could take advantage of a better package provided by another registrar if your current registrar does not offer all the services you are looking for. Along with comparing features and services, it's critical to consider how those features and services are deployed and priced:
Each domain registrar has a unique pricing structure, so pay close attention to it. Some registrars might charge extra fees for services you deem essential, while others might provide the same services for free. Some might have modest initial prices but considerably higher renewal rates after that. You can hunt for a less expensive registrar if the price your domain registrar is billing you is higher than what you would be charged elsewhere.
The price itself might not be enough to warrant switching your registrar, though. A domain registrar that meets your demands is considerably more valuable than saving a few bucks a year on a domain name. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each registrar before deciding to transfer.
You must complete a domain transfer if you want to transfer ownership of your domain from one person to another or from that person to you. You could move your domain to an account managed by your company, for instance, if an employee registered it under a personal account. In some circumstances, you could transfer to a different registrar altogether with your ownership transfer.
Until April 2021, removing the Domain ID Protection (aka Domain Privacy) was required for each domain transfer. This requirement was because when transferring a domain name a verification email has to be sent to the current registrant's email address. If a domain transfer was initiated with ID Protection enabled, the transfer itself would have likely failed. That is fortunately no longer the case.
A transfer of an expired domain is not possible. The domain has to be renewed, for the transfer to be successful.
Verify that your domain can still be renewed and that your existing registrar hasn't deleted the domain name. Depending on the specific TLD (Top Level Domain) the renewal window can be as big as up to 60 days. Your expired domain will be made publically available for purchase if not renewed within the correct timeframe. Our excellent tutorial explains a domain name's various stages when active or expired.
Once you have covered all the requirements to transfer your domain to another registrar, please follow these steps:
The gaining registrar will notify you once the domain name has been transferred. The process typically takes 1 to 15 days, depending on the registrar. You can reference the ICANN Policy on Transfer of Registrations between Registrars for further information.
There are a few reasons why your request can be denied:
In a nutshell, transferring a domain name to another registrar is effortless if you cover all the requirements. We hope this guide was helpful to you. Feel free to contact our customer support team via LiveChat if you have any hosting-related questions. When it comes to transferring domains, we have a series of guides on how to transfer your domain from specific web hosts to FastComet.
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