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How to transfer your domain name between hosts
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 25 August 2016 02:02 PM

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How to transfer your domain name between hosts

If you want to transfer your domain name to a new registrar, or transfer it directly here to PAC Web Hosting, then you’ll soon realise it’s easier to do than you first thought. Rather than the worry of weeks of having a domain floating between two registrars, we’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide on how to transfer your domain name without the fuss!

Do I need to transfer my domain name to move hosts?

Although many people think that transferring a domain name is part of transferring your website to a new host, this isn’t the case. In fact, your domain name can be registered through any provider, so long as you link your domain name to your nameservers or web hosting IP address.

However, there are advantages of transferring a domain name to your new host – for example, you will be able to manage it conveniently alongside your web hosting account, and your host can provide assistance in relation to DNS, CNAME and MX entries to maximise performance.

What should I know about domain name transfers?

When you purchase a transfer – such as a domain name transfer to PAC Web Hosting – your site will remain online, regardless of whether it is registered with your old registrar or moved to PAC. However, it is important to note that the entire process may take up to ten days, and you will not be able to make any changes to your domain name settings (like nameservers, MX entries and other variables) during this time.

Steps to take before starting the transfer process

Before you purchase a domain name transfer, you need to find your EPP code*, which can be obtained from your current registrar or web host. Most have the option to reveal the code through a control panel, but if not, you will have to ask for it. During the transfer process, you will be asked to provide your EPP code, and your transfer won’t complete without this key.

Next, make sure your domain name is unlocked. Again, this can be done through your domain name control panel – failure to unlock your domain will result in the transfer failing.

Finally, if you have WHOIS protection enabled, make sure that this is disabled before initiating your transfer. If your contact details for your WHOIS information, such as your email address and telephone number, do not match the personal info you have registered on your new host, then make sure you update it, otherwise, again, your transfer request will be rejected.

*Most domain transfers use an EPP code with the exception of domains ending in .uk for these you need to change the domains IPS TAG at the current registrar to the IPS TAG of the new registrar, also for this type of domain you do not need to unlock your domain.

Initiating the transfer process

Once you have completed the transfer steps and have initiated the transfer process – by purchasing a domain name tranfer and filling out all of the relevant information – your new host will send an approval request to the email address that is registered as part of your WHOIS information**

You can then click this request in an email, and then the registrar will request your current domain registrar to release your domain name. Within a few days – sometimes up to 10 – your domain name will then appear in your new registrar’s control panel, where you’ll be able to access your domain name.

**If the domain being transferred ends in .uk then once you have purchased the domain name transfer all that is left to do is change your domains IPS TAG to complete the transfer.


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