How to transfer a domain to another provider?

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Changing domain provider is a much simpler process than it may seem. If you have a domain registered from a provider in which you are not satisfied do not hesitate any more, transfer its management to a new company, you only have to take into account a series of steps to follow, which depend on several factors:

How to do a domain transfer step by step

  1. The domain extension. The process may vary depending on the extension of the domain, for example, it is not the same to transfer a .com domain than a .es domain, many things change, average time of duration, form of acceptance, inactivity times…
  2. In Your current contract, some companies force you to contract the domain for periods of more than one year and block its transfer, in this type of cases the domain will have a status of “Transfer Prohibited”, which will make it impossible to initiate the transfer of the domain to other providers. To deactivate the status you would have to contact your current registrar to unlock the domain and allow you to transfer it.
  3. The time that has passed since you registered the domain. For example, in the case of .com domains, once registered, an automatic 60-day lock is activated, which cannot be deactivated. So until that time has passed it will not be possible to transfer the domain.

How is the transfer process carried out?

The transfer process works the same way at all registrars, the only thing that may change slightly are the forms and steps depending on how they have the domain management panel.

Next we will explain what you need to have ready before starting the transfer:

  1. Backup of the website and email accounts: Before starting the transfer it is important to make a backup of your web and email accounts. The domain and hosting are two different services, i.e., you can have the domain in one provider and the hosting in a different one. Even if you are going to transfer only the domain, it is better to make sure and make the copy to avoid the risk of information loss.
  2. Authorization code (Authcode): In most extensions it is necessary to have the authorization code or authcode of the domain. This is a security code to which the domain owner has access. The current provider is obliged to provide the authcode to the domain owner upon request. It depends on the service provider how they provide the code, there are registrars in which you have to request it from their client area and then they send it to you by email, others already offer it directly from your client area.
  3. Access to the email of the administrative contact and domain holder: In order to accept the transfer process it is necessary to have access to the email of the domain holder or administrative contact, it is important to verify that you have access to it before starting the transfer.

Transfer domains with authorization code or authcode

In the vast majority of extensions the transfer process is accepted by means of the authcode, this is the case for generic domains, which were not focused on a specific country: .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .pro, .tel… For these cases, the steps to follow to perform the transfer are:

  1. Check domain status: We can perform a Whois query to know the status of the domain, this way we can see if the domain has activated some kind of block, for this we can use DonDomain. When searching for the domain we will see the following information:
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In this case we can see in the Domain Status field that the domain has several locks activated, so it would not be possible to perform the transfer. We would have to contact our provider and tell them to unlock the domain to be able to make the transfer correctly. Once the domain is unlocked, the status will be OK. It depends on the provider how long it may take to update the status and the steps required to do so.

  1. With the domain already unlocked, we can request the authorization code or authcode of the domain, as for the format, it is usually a code of a minimum of 16 characters and containing multiple types of characters, from uppercase and lowercase letters to numbers and special symbols.
  2. With this data we can go to the new provider that we want to transfer the domain to start the process. This step is the one that can vary the most, because it depends on the way of proceeding of each provider. In this case we will explain how simple the process is from DonDominio:
    1. Access the Transfer tab on your website.
    2. Indicates the domain we want to transfer in the search box. This will add the domain to the shopping cart.
    3. In the cart we configure the data of the owner, contacts and if we wish we select a hosting. It is important to note that in the transfer of generic domains, during the transfer process you can modify the data of the owner and contacts of the domain.
    4. Now we only need to make the payment of the transfer, in generic domains, the transfer process has a cost and the domain is renewed for one year.
    5. Once the payment process is completed, we access the domain management panel in our client area, where we will see the option to accept the transfer process indicating the domain authcode.
  3. When we have accepted the transfer with the code, the process begins, which by default takes between 5 and 6 days to complete. In any case, there are registrars that allow you to skip this waiting time, for this you simply have to contact the provider from which you transfer the domain and ask them to manually accept the outgoing transfer process.

Following these simple steps we will have already transferred our generic domain from one provider to another and we will be ready to manage it from our new panel.

Important things to keep in mind when transferring generic domains

  1. The transfer of domains has a cost, that cost usually involves the renewal of the domain for one year.
  2. In the transfer process you can change the details of the domain owner and contacts.
  3. It is necessary to have the domain authorization code.
  4. The transfer takes by default between 5 and 6 days to complete.

Transfer .es, and domains

Unlike generic domains, .es domains do not have an authorization code or authcode to accept the transfer. The steps to follow to transfer a .es domain are as follows:

  1. Check that you have access to the email account of the administrative contact of the domain, in .es domains it is not possible to activate a block, the only requirement that must be met in order to transfer the domain is to have access to the email account of the administrative contact.
  2. After verifying the email account, we can start the transfer from our new provider. This process, as for generic domains, depends on the new provider as it will have to be initiated.
  3. Once the transfer is initiated, after a time of normally between 15-30 minutes, will send an email to the administrative contact of the domain, indicating that the domain transfer process has been initiated and with a link to accept it.
  4. Simply we must access the link and accept the process. After that, the transfer process will be completed and the domain will appear as active in the new provider.

As you can see in the case of .es domains it is a faster and simpler process, although not for that reason better, since not having an authorization code means less security for the holder.

Important things to keep in mind when transferring .es domains

  1. The transfer is free and the same expiration date is kept
  2. You need to have access to the administrative contact of the domain
  3. The transfer process can be completed the same day
  4. The domain holder’s details will not be modified, if the contact details can be changed.

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