How to Transfer a Domain: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Transfer a Domain: A Comprehensive Guide

Are you planning to buy a domain from someone and switch your domain registrar? Or maybe you just want to transfer a domain to a new registrar. Whatever the reason, transferring a domain can seem like a daunting task. But don’t worry; we cover everything you need to know. 

In this blog, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide about how to transfer a domain with ease. From understanding the basics of a domain transfer to finalizing the process, we have detailed everything for you. We’ll also answer some commonly asked questions related to domain transfer so that you can make an informed decision. 

Step 1: Unlock Your Domain

To successfully transfer a domain, you must first unlock it with your current domain registrar. Log into your dashboard and navigate to your domain settings to unlock it. Verify all contact info is correct and updated before initializing the domain name transfer process. Domains are locked to prevent unauthorized transfers.

Step 2: Obtain the EPP/Auth Code

he EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) or Auth-info (authorization-information) code is a unique code required to initiate the transfer. It serves as a password for your domain. Request the code from your current registrar.

Step 3: Choose the Right Registrar

Research and select a new registrar that meets your needs. Consider factors such as price, customer support, and whether or not they offer web hosting services.

  • Pricing: Compare the transfer fees and renewal rates of different registrars.
  • Customer support: Look for registrars with responsive and knowledgeable customer support teams.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA): This security feature ensures you’re the account holder by sending a text message to your phone or using an app like Google Authenticator to prevent unauthorized account access. Not all registrars offer this option.
  • Additional services: Some registrars offer additional services like web hosting, email hosting, and SSL certificates. If you need these services, choose a registrar that provides them.
  • Ease of use: The registrar’s platform should be user-friendly, especially if you’re new to domain management.

If you’re already established with a registrar you want to use, skip this step.