Domain Name Transfer from Present Registrar to New Registrar

Recent GoDaddy DNS outage created havoc among domain owners and made them to look for alternatives if any, at that time the transfer of domain name registrar came as a salve. Domain registrars are the authorized dealers for providing domain name registration services to the general public (Even referral based resellers will also be affiliated to one or the other registrars) Even it is possible to change the domain registrars if you are not satisfied with the present domain registrar.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had laid few rules for transfers of domains to the new registrar.

Steps involved in the process of transferring domain from present registrar to new registrar:

1) Contact the new registrar to which you want to switch (usually all domain registrars provide this service as it adds business for them) from your present domain name (or website address) along with Authorization code provided.

Authorization code will be given or send by the present registrar to the Admin or to the e-mail id provided during the time of registration of domain name. Uncheck domain protection if you have enabled to get the authorization code and make switching easier.

2) Once the request is initiated, the new registrar will contact the admin through email which have to be confirmed through mail. If this is not done or the mail is not answered domain registrar transfer process will be cancelled.

3) Even the present domain registrar will contact the domain name owner or the admin of the domain through mail seeking confirmation regarding the transfer request. This is also done in order to avoid any fraudulent requests. Even this mail has to be answered positively to proceed with the domain transfer.

The domain will be transferred successfully once the domain name owner confirms the requests of both the new registrar and the present registrar. Necessary information about the admin and the payment of charges has to be made in advance for the transfer of registrar in accordance with the new registrar pricing.

4) The control of domain settings will be with the new registrar and necessary domain server information will be taken from old registrar, if not the domain server information need to be updated manually.

The transfer of domain registrar may take two weeks time. There are few restrictions on transfer of domain registrars, it is not possible to transfer domain from one registrar to another within a period of sixty days from the date of purchase and this condition applies even after switching to new registrar.

The present domain registrar may charge fees for making the domain registrar transfer to a new one. Also, new registrar will charge fees for their service with effect from the date of transfer.


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