Domain Name transfer experience

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    Jun 13, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
    decided to move some domain name registrations to a new provider. First time for me so:
    -Absolutely nothing automated about this experience, you will need to talk to peeps on both new/old ends
    -need to establish a paid account at the new register
    the transfer fee can include a year of registration, maybe not
    verify the transfer(s) will happen all in like kind
    consider paying extra for a private registration
    -contact the old domain name register, remove privacy(s) and get like numbers and formats:
    get them to remove remove unlock the domain if any
    get them to remove privacy if any
    epp# = abcde1234
    transaction id = 123456789
    security code = ABCD12345
    -when you contact your old register they will transfer you to a sales peep who will get all emotional. Offer a significant 90% discount. Make sure you NEED to move in the 1st place. if not be happy; buy several years at this new rate. Plan never ever call them again for anything.


    reserve 2 days for haggling and 4 days to do the actual transfer. The private registers report to a mighty US gov agency, a part of the big onion.
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    Jun 13, 2016 6:53 PM GMT
    Name names. Who were you transferring from and who were you transferring to? I use Pair (aka pairnic.com) and I transferred to them from bluehost.com. I no longer have a web site like I did on bluehost so I moved the domain name to pair. The move went easily. But I didn't need to worry about any downtime and it may have taken a day or two; I just used their web forms and things just worked.
  • mwolverine

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    Jun 14, 2016 12:31 AM GMT
    You shouldn't have to do much more than turn off the lock and get an authorization key from the old registrar, and start the process at the new registrar (and respond to confirmation emails). They are then allowed up to 5 days for the transfer.

    Note that if you have custom DNS records at the old registrar those will not transfer automatically, make sure you know what they need to be before the transfer goes through (and you can no longer look them up on the old registrar).
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    Jun 14, 2016 1:13 AM GMT
    I do this rather frequently at work... as my firm takes over smaller firms, we move their Registrar and DNS into our "corporate" account.

    Some make it remarkably easy... others make it notoriously difficult.
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    Jun 14, 2016 1:59 AM GMT
    I haven't had any issues moving domains to different registrars. Maybe it's time to find a better one.
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    Jun 14, 2016 9:07 AM GMT
    I've been moving domains from GoDaddy to Google Domains. I had privacy enabled on the GoDaddy ones but it transferred very quickly and I had the Google privacy option on from the start so I don't think there was any exposure (if that's a concern for anyone). This was all done in the browser, no contact requried. The cost was comparable or lower and they didn't spam me with 948 addon offers per domain. They also don't use (female) tits and ass for their advertising and their CEO isn't a raging douchebag icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 14, 2016 7:50 PM GMT
    Several years ago when I set up my site and registered the name I looked around to see who was recommended and GoDaddy had more complaints about it than any others. But that was several years ago, dunno how they are now.
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    Jun 15, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
    i waited up to the very end of the renewal period to do the transfer that takes 5-7days.