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.
Today, we discuss domain registrar transfers, domain pushes, and how to transfer a domain 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. Why might you want to transfer your domain registrar?
- The current registrar increased prices
- The site is taking too much time to load
- You found a better deal with a better registrar
- You want all of your domains under one registrar
- The 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 the person authorizing the transfer
- Written objection from the domain owner
- A domain name is on hold due to the payment owed
What is a Domain Push?
A domain push is a change of ownership of a domain under the same registrar. Essentially, a domain is moved from one account to another. For example, if you bought a domain 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 registrar? Or are you looking to replace your domain name?
A domain transfer works if you are looking for a new registrar for your domain name. A push is on a small scale and is best if you are looking to sell your domain. Here are some differences to think about:
A domain transfer usually comes with a transfer fee. For GoDaddy, fees are generally equal to one year’s registration of the domain name you’re transferring. However, different domains and registrars will have their own varying prices. At times, you may be able to get special pricing if they are running a promotion. With domain push, there is usually no fee since the domain is staying within the registrar.
With the domain transfer process, 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, 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 Handle a GoDaddy Domain Transfer
GoDaddy is a worldwide registrar and web hosting company. GoDaddy users can buy domain names from the site as well as use them to host their websites. 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:
- Unlock the domain name you want to transfer to or from your GoDaddy account
- Search for the domain name on the GoDaddy transfer tool
- Enter authorization code (EPP code or transfer code confirms the domain transfer)
- 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.
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