We get lots of inquiry regarding how to transfer domain names to another host and most of the people inquiring really do not have any sufficient knowledge about the subject and some don’t even have any idea where to start.
The reality is that most of the people who want to transfer their domain names to their new hosting account thought that the transfer task is necessary to operate their websites. What they don’t know is that they can leave their domain names with their old host or registrar and just point their domain’s nameservers to their new hosting server in order for their website to work.
Now, for those who really want to transfer their domain names from their current host or registrar for any particular reasons, we advise you to take note of the following steps needed in order to start the domain name transfer process.
Step 1: Secure Your Domain’s EPP Code
Note: Your domain’s EPP code is required to initiate the transfer to your new host. You can get your EPP code from your current host or registrar. Simply ask for your EPP code from your current host’s service department.
Step 2: Make Sure that Your Domain is Unlocked.
Note: Before you initialize the domain name transfer, make sure that your domain name is unlocked otherwise the transfer will be unsuccessful.
You can unlock your domain name through the control panel of your current host or registrar.
Step 3: Ensure that Your Domain’s WHOIS Protection is Disabled.
Note: Your domain’s WHOIS protection should be disabled in order for the transfer to work. You can disable this by simply requesting your current registrar to disable it for you or you can turn it off through your current host’s control panel.
Step 4: Check if Your Domain’s Administrative Contact Details Matches the Information on the WHOIS Registration.
Note: If the information does not match, the domain name transfer will fail.
In case the information does not match, you can easily change them on your current host’s control panel.
After making sure that steps above are completed, you can initialize the transfer by requesting your new host or registrar. Your new host will then send a transfer request approval message to the WHOIS email address listed for the domain to be transferred.
The owner of that email address listed should approve that request in order for the domain name transfer process to start. After the approval has been given, your new host will send a request to your current registrar to release the domain name.
If your current host doesn’t release the domain name, the transfer will fail. You can contact your current host to speed up the process or ask them for assistance if the transfer fails.
After the domain name has been released, the transfer should be successful.