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Domain Transfer (.com, .net, .org, .biz, or .info)

Domain Transfer
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Domain transfer is the process of migrating a particular domain from one registrar to another. During domain transfer itself, there is no change in its default settings, unless specified upon transfer initiation (i.e., the domain can be transferred to another registrar, but the website keeps loading from the same hosting account).

info-iconDomain transfer represents an administrative transfer from one domain registrar to another, which is not related to website loading. During a domain transfer, there is only a transfer of the domain name's control, but not of the website's content. If there have not been changes on the domain's DNS settings, the domain transfer procedure goes unnoticed—there are no interruptions or shut downs.

After a successful domain transfer (except for the cases described below (in p. 5 (I)), the domain is renewed for 12 months, preserving the period remaining before the transfer. The transfer itself is free, and the fee due is for domain renewal.
For many users, the term "domain transfer" also means a changing of the website's hosting, but actually, this is not the case.

For each domain, there are the so-called "name servers" (DNS) that indicate where the website is hosted. If a particular website has to be transferred from one hosting account to another, or to a different provider, this does not mean that the domain necessarily needs to be transferred. It is enough for the domain to undergo a change of the name servers, and the website will start loading from the new location where the new name servers are pointing.

There is absolutely no effect on the website's proper functioning whether a particular domain is transferred to the provider that is about to host the website, or whether it has been registered on another location. The only thing that matters for the website's loading is what name servers have been entered for the domain.

info-iconThis article does not refer to .bg and .eu domain transfers, since these domains are transferred under different conditions.

DOMAIN TRANSFER CONDITIONS

1. Authorization code (EPP key)
One of the basic conditions for a domain transfer from one registrar to another is providing an authorization code (EPP key).

2. Ban on transfer
Another fundamental requirement is that the ban on domain transfer should be deactivated (i.e., the domain must be unlocked as ACTIVE).

With many of the registrars, the user cannot see the authorization code/EPP key in the control panel for domain management because of security reasons. Additionally, a user cannot disable the ban on transfer. In this case, the user wishing to transfer a domain must to contact the domain's registrar (most often via email) and require that the domain be unlocked for a transfer, along with the necessary authorization code. You will not be able to submit a domain transfer request without first meeting those requirements.

3. Verification email

After the above mentioned steps have been completed, you only have to confirm the verification email, which is sent to you by the new registrar. This verification email is sent within few hours after your transfer submission to the email address specified during initial domain registration. Usually the email contains a link on which you have to click in order to confirm the domain transfer to another registrar.

4. DOMAIN TRANSFER PERIOD

Domain transfer usually takes about seven business days after the date of the verification email confirmation.

5. Other conditions

I. If the period between the last domain renewal and the domain transfer is longer than 45 days, you will get 12 more months added to the domain registration period. In cases when a particular domain is expired, it has been renewed, and then there was a domain transfer submission but 45 days had not passed after the renewal, you will not get an additional 12 months added to the domain period. The transfer fee is non-refundable.

II. If the domain was registered less than 60 days from the date of transfer, then the transfer cannot happen.

III. If the domain expires in less than 5 days, it is possible that the transfer may not happen. In this case, the domain should be renewed with its current registrar, and 60 days after the renewal, you will be able to transfer it to another registrar.

IV. If the date of the transfer request submission for the domain registration period has already expired, the transfer may not happen. In this case, the domain should be renewed with its current registrar, and 60 days after the renewal, you will be able to transfer it to another registrar.

V. To enable domain transfer, you must have access to the email address that was entered as an administrative contact during domain registration. You can check which email address was entered during a particular domain registration at:http://whois.domaintools.com/domain-name.com .

6. Control panel for domain management

When you transfer a domain from one registrar to another, the domain's settings do not change, except in cases where there was incomplete contact information for the domain before the transfer. In this case, it is possible that after the transfer, these details will be automatically replaced with the registrar's details where the domain is being transferred.

After the domain is transferred, its owner receives an email with the new date until when the registration of the domain will be active. This email also contains credentials to access the control panel for domain management. Through the control panel, the user can change different settings of the domain, such as name servers, contact information, host records, etc.

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