We just got word that you’re looking to transfer your domain names and we can’t contain our excitement! There are many reasons you might want to move away from your current domain registrar. You could be looking to save some money on amazing domain transfer prices. Maybe you want to consolidate your portfolio with a domain registrar that offers the largest selection of domains. Well, you’re
Domain Name Transfer Rules
The domain transfer process can seem overwhelming. There are a lot of little things you need to do in preparation of a domain transfer. However, transferring domain names doesn’t have to be an extraneous process. We took the initiative of creating a thorough checklist of everything you need to do leading up to a domain transfer. Our outline will provide you with ways to satisfy all of the domain name transfer rules and set expectations for a smooth transfer to 101domain.
Prepare Your Domain Names for Transfer
1. Check Your Eligibility
People often don’t know this but domain names cannot be transferred within 60 days of registration. You won’t be able to transfer a new domain to another registrar until day 61 after the domain registration. In addition, you also cannot transfer a domain name that has been transferred within the past 60 days. These 60-day domain name transfer rules are brought to you by ICANN (the governing body of the global generic domain name system). So if you tried to be cheeky and register your domain name at a cheap registrar you’ll have to stay put until your 60 days is up.
2. Disable WHOIS Private Registration
Private Registration is what shields your domain ownership information from being shared on a public WHOIS database. Since GDPR took effect, many registrars have begun to hide personally identifiable information found in WHOIS records for all customers. Most domain registrars require that you temporarily turn off WHOIS private registration during the transfer process. This shouldn’t compromise your privacy since most registrars have removed public WHOIS records in compliance with GDPR. However, this is one of many necessary domain name transfer rules. We need to be able to access WHOIS contact information in order to ensure you are the rightful domain owner.
3. Make Sure Your Information Matches and Is Up to Date
All domain names are required to have accurate and updated account information. Domain owners that do not provide accurate information are liable to have their domain name suspended. Domain name transfer rules state that the WHOIS info must match the account admin email address. This is really important to note because all important information regarding the transfer will be sent to the admin email address. Incorrect or inaccurate information can significantly delay the transfer process.
4. Unlock Your Domain Names
There are a few domain name transfer rules put in place to prevent unauthorized transfers. Domain update lock and domain transfer lock are two features that if enabled, will not let you transfer your domains. We urge our customers to enable all security features in their account, including domain update and transfer locks. These locks prevent your domain from changing nameservers, contact information or transfer requests while enabled. Make sure to unlock your domains before you attempt to transfer your domains. Once your domains have been transferred to 101domain you can put these locks back in place.
Submit Your Transfer Request
5. Update Your DNS Records
If you anticipate using the nameservers of the registrar you are moving to, you will want to change them prior. This will make the move easier, seeing as you will not have access to your DNS settings after you transfer. When you are confirming your domain transfer with your new registrar like 101domain you can configure your domain name settings.
6. Retrieve an Auth Code
You will need to request an authorization code, sometimes known as an “EPP code” to transfer your domain names. Without this code, you will not be authorized to transfer your domain names. Many registrars follow the same domain name transfer rules. You will be able to retrieve the code in the control panel of your current registrar or it will be emailed to the admin email address. As previously mentioned above, it is important that your information is accurate and up to date.
7. Pay for Your Transfer (1 year added)
When you transfer your domain you are required to renew your domain name for a minimum of 1 year. Many registrars including 101odmain will include the registration extension in the cost of transfer. Your domain name will automatically be renewed for another year. But don’t worry you won’t lose out on any of the time remaining in your current registration. An additional year will simply be added on top of the time you have left.