So, you’ve probably thought about migrating or transferring your current domain to a top hosting website, but you are not sure how exactly that is done. Transferring domains is not a rare occasion. In fact, there are some people that transfer domains on a regular basis.
That being said, how exactly is it done? Read on to find out.
Take Care of the Prerequisites
In order for you to initiate the domain transfer, there are some things that you have to do first:
- Make sure that your domain has existed for at least 60 days
- Login to your domain registrar and see to it that the domain is unlocked. If it isn’t, domain migration will not be possible. If you are having trouble, contact the company that handles your current domain
- If your domain is already unlocked, go to “WHOIS” and make sure that the information that is stipulated in there (referring to your website) is true and valid because those things will be needed for verification purposes later down the line
- Once all of the above things are checked, you can now request for an EPP transfer code and instructions on how you can successfully migrate your own account to another service provider.
Starting the Transfer
Now that you have successfully done all of the prerequisites, you are now eligible for transfer. Go to your new web hosting company’s control panel and there should be a feature that says something to the extent of “transfer a domain name” or something like that.
Once you click on it, you will be given a field box in which you will input your current domain name. Once that is done, you will be asked about the EPP transfer code, so make sure that everything is correct to avoid any errors. If the code is quite long, you just have to copy and paste it to make your life easier.
Keep in mind that you will usually be given one year to transfer a domain and that is always a part of the hosting plan you’re going to get.
Verify the Procedure
Go back to WHOIS and check to see if the information that is reflected on there is valid and true (but you have to wait up to 48 hours before you do it).
You will usually receive two emails. One of those emails will be coming from your new domain, stating that the transfer has been completed. The other one would be from your old domain handler and it will usually say that the release has finally been completed.
Those emails that were sent to you will usually have a confirmation link that you must click so that you’re giving your complete go-signal for everything to push through (else, the procedure will be reversed because the system will think that it was done accidentally).
To complete the process, you must log in again on your new domain’s control panel and see if your previous domain is reflected on the console. Furthermore, look at WHOIS and see if the changes have indeed been made.