How to Transfer a Domain To & From GoDaddy

When you buy a domain, it is important to choose a registrar that works for you and your business. However, in the event you are not happy with your current domain or registrar, you should be aware of your other options. Different registrars offer transfer tools to change registrars, and domains can be changed with a push.

Today, we discuss domain registrar transfers, domain pushes, and how to transfer domains to and from GoDaddy. 

What is a Domain Transfer?

A domain name transfer is the process of switching a domain from one registrar to another registrar. Why might you want to transfer your domain registrar?

  • Current registrar increased prices 
  • Site taking too much time to load
  • You found a better deal with a better registrar
  • You want all of your domains under one registrar
  • Current registrar is not user friendly 

To be eligible for a domain transfer, you must have been with a registrar for over 60 days. ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, enforces “Change of Registrant lock” for 60 days.

Other reasons your domain transfer might not be accepted:

  • Evidence of fraud
  • Questionable identity of person authorizing transfer
  • written objection from the domain name holder
  • Domain name is on hold due to payment owed

What is a Domain Push?

A domain push is a change of ownership of a domain name, under the same registrar. Essentially, a domain is moved from one account to another. For example, if you bought a domain name from someone who uses the same domain registrar as you, you would “push” the domain to their account. 

A push is usually free, since it takes place within the registrar. Additionally, the ICANN “Change of Registrant” 60 day lock usually does not apply. 

Domain Transfer vs. Domain Push

Are you unsatisfied with your domain registrar? Or are you looking to replace your domain name? 

A domain transfer works for if you are looking for a new registrar for your domain name. A push is on a small scale, and best if you are looking to sell your domain. Here are some differences to think about:

Cost

A domain transfer usually comes with a transfer fee. For GoDaddy, there is a fee of $2.99 for .com domain, and $ 11.99 for an .in domain. These also include free registration for a year. However, different domains and registrars will have their own varying prices. With domain push, there is usually no fee since the domain is staying within the registrar.

Time

With a domain transfer, it can take up to a week for the transfer to go through. With a push, it is instantaneous since the domain is staying within the registrar.

ICANN

ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, enforces “Change of Registrant lock” for 60 days. This lock is within 60 days of domain registration or 60 days of a previous transfer. 

On the other hand, there is usually no 60 day registrant lock when pushing a domain. 

How to Transfer a Domain To & From GoDaddy

GoDaddy is a worldwide domain registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy users can buy domain names from the site, as well as use it to host their website. They also offer a service that allows users to easily transfer domains, the GoDaddy transfer tool. And of course, a way to push domain names

GoDaddy’s 4 Steps to transfer a domain name:

  1. Unlock the domain name you want to transfer
  2. Search for domain name on GoDaddy transfer tool 
  3. Enter authorization code (EPP code or transfer key confirms the domain transfer)
  4. Domain transfer will complete in 5-7 days 

Whether you are moving domains in or out of your account, you can monitor the transfer on the GoDaddy Transfers page. This allows you to monitor when the transfer has been accepted and confirmed. 

With GoDaddy, you can transfer up to 500 of your domains at once using their bulk domain transfer tool. However, it is important to mention, there are special instructions for transferring country code domains like .uk, .ca, .eu, .es, .se and .au. 

Ready to Acquire a Domain Name?

Interested in acquiring a premium domain name for your business? Do you want guidance while building your business? Contact our domain brokerage for a free consultation!

Our team at Saw.com specialize in the acquisition of digital assets, and have over twenty years of experience in the industry. Our domain brokers are experts in domain acquisition, appraisal, branding, brand protection, portfolio management services and more. We pride ourselves in our transparency and passion to help you reach your goals. 

At Saw.com, our mission is to help you be seen online. If you are interested in speaking with an expert from our domain brokerage service about buying a domain, contact us! Our domain brokers would love to speak with you!