The very first web browser was called WorldWideWeb and was developed by a man named Tim Berners-Lee in 1990. There were no extravagant fonts, no photos or videos. It was just plain old text with links underlined in blue.
3 years later, Mosaic was introduced, which allowed photos to be included.
Less than 30 years later, there are over 4 billion internet users. That’s over half of the entire world. Many internet users depend on their websites to make a living. And there is often a call for change, like an ie. domain transfer.
But if you want to keep your domain but you’re switching providers or need to make another change, how do you go about it?
Keep scrolling to find out exactly how to make the transfer.
There are many reasons why someone might want a domain transfer so we’ll cover just a few here.
You need to register with a team that provides more support. Anything can happen, and it’s important to have a responsive, solid platform team should you need any help.
You believe your registrar is charging too much for renewals. Prices vary, and if you decide to move to another platform, you might be able to save some money.
A new registrar offers a better experience for you. Some platforms are easier to use. Or you might just prefer another one.
You have other domains, and you want them all on the same platform. It might be smart to spread out multiple domains across different platforms, especially for security reasons. That being said, it also makes them much harder to manage, so making the change to put them all on one platform could make your life easier.
Are you unhappy with your domain name? Here’s a guide on how to find a name that best represents your business.
Check your name, address, and other info on both platforms before you make the transfer. The chances are that both companies will contact you and verify that you’re making the chance. You want to make sure that all of your info on both platforms is up to date, and matches.
If for some reason, you don’t even remember who your current registrar is, you can perform a WHOIS search on your domain.
Most web hosts have a feature called a “domain lock.” For transfers, you’ll have to remove yours. The domain lock is there to protect you from any unauthorized attempts at transferring or accessing your domain name.
That being said, all you have to do is unlock it to move forward. When you unlock it, there should be an option to get an authorization code.
You’ll need this code in order to transfer your domain.
We mentioned it above, but make sure that you know who your new host is going to be BEFORE you go about removing the lock on your current registrar.
The less time you’re offline, the better, especially if your domain helps you generate business.
To initiate a transfer, you’ll first log in to your new account with the new web host of your choice. Once you’re logged in, there should be an easy-to-find option to transfer your domain. Look for a “Domain” category, and it should be listed in there.
Once you’ve found that option, your new host will ask you to provide your authorization code and confirm which domain you want to transfer. Enter in that domain name and don’t forget to add the appropriate .com, .ie, or .net, etc…
Once you’ve sent both the authorization code and your confirmation of the domain you want to transfer, your next step is email verification.
Look for the confirmation link and then agree to the transfer.
It’s important to remember that once you verify the transfer, you won’t be able to move your domain somewhere else for another 60 days. This is, again, for your protection.
That’s why it’s essential that you do your research BEFORE you begin your transfer so that you are confident in your new choice for a registrar.
Many platforms allow you to transfer your domain for free. That being said, many platforms will require you to sign up for a year or however long. So you will have to pay for something when you transfer.
Once you’ve completed your transfer, all that’s left to do is wait. Times vary. While some web hosts provide a turnaround time of a few days, some will go through in less than a day.
Once it has gone through, your domain will appear on your new platform under your management screen.
If you are making a move to add all your domain names to one registrar, all you have to do is complete the same exact process for each one you want to add. However, there are some web hosts that allow you to transfer them all at once. You’ll be able to tell by the user interface.
If you’re unhappy with your current web host provider, don’t hesitate to initiate an ie. domain transfer.
Maybe you feel as though you’re paying too much or that you’re not getting the support that you need when you need it. Maybe you want all of your domain names to be together so that managing them is easier.
Or maybe you just like the interface and experience of another one better.
Either way, it’s your domain, and you should transfer it if you feel it’s necessary. Do you want to add a blog to your website so that you’ll increase your traffic? Check out how to do it here.