Domain transfer is the process of switching domain registrars.
This will not interrupt services – including websites and emails – linked to a domain. It will only update the registrar details in the WhoIs Database.
There are several reasons for transferring domains. Some include pricing, privacy issues, and user-friendly features.
The first thing you want to check is their pricing. Registrars tend to provide low prices on your first year. But upon renewal, you’ll find that their prices have significantly increased.
There’s no doubt that cost is also as important as quality. So, before you make that big switch, ensure that your registrar has a good track record and provides quality service.
You'll also need to look for a provider that protects your data. The best providers follow security measures like installing SSL on their site to secure online transactions and your personal data.
You’ll also need to be on the lookout if your provider engages in malicious practices – such as domain hijacking. Domain hijacking involves changing the registration information without the owner’s knowledge.
And finally, there’s user experience. Your registrar’s website and account management tools should be easy to navigate. Performing actions, like updating your DNS records, should be done without the hassle.
You can transfer a domain name 30 days before its expiration date to give leeway for technical issues that may arise.
Most domain extensions (gTLD) take 5-7 days for the transfer to complete. Others – like .com.au – take 24-48 hours. You can contact us to confirm how long the transfer will complete.
Also, note that most registries lock a newly registered, renewed, and updated domain name for 60 days—prohibiting domain transfer.
Domain transfers only update the registrar details of your domain. To change the ownership of a domain name; you can check the steps to process Change of Ownership (COO). Some domain ownership updates may require an application fee. Please make sure to check this first before you proceed.
Do they provide 24/7 support? Are their services backed by credible customer reviews? Do they have a history of major downtimes or security breaches?
And of course, you’ll also need to ensure that your new registrar offers user-friendly domain management tools.