How to Transfer a Domain to a New Registrar
Domain name registrars try all sorts of tricks to scare people from transferring their domain names over to a new registrar like Namecheap.
The reality is that transferring domain names is fairly easy, quick, and something that anyone can do.
In fact, the entire process is governed by rules set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This means that registrars must allow domain name transfers except in limited circumstances.
How to Transfer a Domain Name
There are two steps to transferring a domain name: unlock and get the code.
Domain locks are in place to prevent the unauthorized transfer of domain names. So the first thing you need to do is log in to the account where the domain is registered and find the option to unlock the domain name.
Most domain registrars will refer to this as locking or transfer lock. Select the option to unlock the domain.
The next step is to get the transfer code. Depending on the registrar, this might be called an authorization code, transfer code, or EPP code.
Some registrars hide this option. If you don’t see any easy way to get the code, look for a link to transfer your domain to another registrar. Clicking this link should give you the option to get the code — after the registrar lists a litany of scary things to try to get you to keep your domain with the registrar.
One warning is that your website and email might stop working if you transfer your domain. This is only true if you use the registrar’s connected hosting/email services or have unique DNS records attached to your domain. If your hosting is connected merely through nameservers, then the new registrar will retain the name nameserver information when you move your domain.
Registrars usually provide the code instantly. Some will email it to you. And one or two take a few days to send the transfer code via email.
With your domain unlocked and the code in hand, it’s time to transfer your domain! When you order your domain transfer you will be prompted to enter this code.
Reasons Your Transfer Might Not Go Through
Almost all transfers go through as planned. You can even transfer a domain name that has expired if it’s still in the registrar’s grace period.
The most common reason a “losing” domain name registrar will block a domain transfer is the 60-day rule. Think of it this way: if you registered the domain in the past 60 days, transferred the domain in the last 60 days, or changed something about the registrant’s information within the past 60 days, the losing registrar might block the transfer.
There’s some granularity to when a registrar can and cannot block the transfer due to changes in the registrant’s information. The best rule of thumb is to transfer a domain name before making any changes to the registrant information.
Transfer a Domain Today
Transferring domains is simple. Just remember: unlock and get the code.