How To Transfer A Domain
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A domain transfer is similar to how your vehicle's registration may work. You pay yearly (or longer) for the rights to use that vehicle under a specified State. (or in the case of the domain, the State is the "Registrar")
Likewise, you can transfer those rights to a different location (Registrar) who will maintain that registration and its renewals on behalf of you, the Registrant. Your domain always belongs to The Registrant; however, the rights to use that domain rests with your Registrar. This article will cover how to move a domain to your HostGator account.
For Registrar Specific Instructions, Check this Out:
Transferring Your Domain Away From:
- Melbourne IT
- Network Solutions
Domain Transfer Overview
Before Beginning a Transfer
If you would like HostGator to become your domain's registrar, there are a few things to ensure before making the jump.
First: You'll want to make sure your domain was registered for at least 60 days and that we adequately support it. You can review any WHOIS directory to confirm the exact dates.
Secondly: Verify that any domain privacy or theft protection has been disabled on the domain. Again, You can review any WHOIS directory to see if the Privacy removal has taken effect.
Lastly: Before Starting the Transfer, you'll want to verify that you have access to the registrant's email address on file with your current registrar. If you do not have access to this email or do not know what it is, you may need to update that to an email address you will be able to access during the duration of the domain transfer process.
Submitting a Request for Transfer to HostGator:
Once you have requested the authorization code from your current domain registrar, the EPP, or the transfer code, you must email the necessary details below to one of our advisors here: support@HostGator.com.
- Domain name:
- Name domain is registered:
- Full address registered to:
- Email address registered to:
- Registered telephone number:
- EEP/Authorization/secret code:
Completing a Transfer
Once you've completed the above steps and the status of the domain in the WHOIS shows “Pending Transfer,” it will take between 7-10 working days to complete the transfer and receive validation from your current domain registrar.
Once the domain arrives in your HostGator, you will need to reach out to support to update your DNS records.
If you would prefer to keep your domain with your current host, no worries, you can link your existing domain to your HostGator account by following these steps: How To Link A Domain.
If you are attempting to transfer your domain away from HostGator or having trouble with any action described in this process, please feel free to reach out to the support team, and an advisor will clarify these steps for you.