A domain transfer or migration involves moving your domain registration from one domain registrar to another. Here’s how the process generally works:
Preparation: Before starting the transfer, ensure that your domain is eligible for transfer. The domain should be at least 60 days old and not within 15 days of expiration. Also, make sure the domain is unlocked and that you have access to the domain’s administrative contact email.
Choose New Registrar: Select a new domain registrar where you want to transfer your domain. Research and compare registrars based on pricing, features, customer support, and reputation.
Initiate Transfer: Purchase a domain transfer service from your chosen registrar. They will provide instructions on how to initiate the transfer. You’ll typically need an authorization code (also called an EPP code) from your current registrar.
Authorization Code: Log in to your current registrar’s account and request the authorization code for the domain you want to transfer. This code is used to confirm that you have the authority to transfer the domain.
Provide Authorization Code: Provide the authorization code to the new registrar during the transfer initiation process. They will use this code to validate the transfer.
Confirm Transfer: Your current registrar will send an email to the domain’s administrative contact with a transfer confirmation link. Clicking the link or following the provided instructions confirms your intent to transfer the domain.
Wait for Approval: The transfer process might take several days to complete, during which both registrars communicate to confirm the transfer. Your domain might be placed on a temporary hold during this period.
Transfer Completion: Once the transfer is approved, your domain will be moved to the new registrar. The DNS settings associated with your domain might be temporarily interrupted during the transfer.
Update DNS Settings: After the transfer is complete, update your DNS settings (such as A, MX, and CNAME records) to ensure that your website, email, and other services continue to function correctly.
Finalize Transfer: Check that your domain is functioning as expected at the new registrar. Review your contact and billing details to ensure they are accurate.
It’s important to note that domain transfer processes might vary slightly depending on the registrars involved. Additionally, during the transfer process, your domain might experience brief downtime or interruptions in services like email and website access. At SS Marketing, we can guide you through the entire domain transfer process to ensure a smooth transition without any hiccups.