What is a domain transfer?

A domain transfer refers to the process of transferring the ownership of a domain name from one registrar to another. This typically involves changing the registrar-lock status, updating the nameservers and updating the WHOIS contact information. The process can take up to a week to complete and involves a series of steps such as unlocking the domain, requesting a transfer code, initiating the transfer and finally, confirming the transfer. The process is designed to be secure and prevent unauthorized transfers.

How does it work?

A domain transfer is a multi-step process that involves the following steps:

  1. Unlocking the domain: The first step is to unlock the domain name so that it can be transferred. This is usually done through the current registrar’s control panel.
  2. Requesting a transfer code: A transfer code, also known as an Auth Code, EPP code or transfer key, must be obtained from the current registrar. This code is used to verify that the transfer is authorized.
  3. Initiating the transfer: The next step is to initiate the transfer by providing the transfer code to the new registrar, along with the desired domain name.
  4. Approving the transfer: The new registrar will then send a transfer request to the current registrar, which will prompt an email to the domain name’s registered owner asking for approval of the transfer.
  5. Confirming the transfer: Once the transfer is approved, the new registrar will confirm the transfer and update the WHOIS information for the domain name.
  6. Completing the transfer: The final step is for the new registrar to complete the transfer, which usually takes up to 5-7 days to be processed.

It’s important to note that a domain transfer only changes the registrar responsible for managing the domain name, not the actual ownership of the website or its content.

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