Changing domain providers is an a lot less difficult procedure than it might appear. In the event that you have a space enlisted from a supplier where you are not fulfilled don’t spare a moment any more, move its administration to another organization, simply consider a progression of steps to follow, which rely upon a few components:
How to transfer domains step by step?
- The domain extension. The procedure can differ as indicated by the expansion of the space, for instance, moving a .com area isn’t equivalent to moving an .es area, numerous things change, normal time, type of acknowledgment…
- Your current contract, a few organizations constrain you to get the space for times of over one year and square its exchange, in this kind of cases the area will have a status of “Move Prohibited”, which won’t have the option to start the exchange of the area to different suppliers. To deactivate the status you would need to contact your present recorder to unblock the space and enable you to make the exchange.
- The time that has passed since you registered the domain. For instance, on account of .com spaces, when enlisted a programmed square of 60 days is enacted, which is absurd to expect to deactivate. In this manner, it won’t be conceivable to move the area until this time has passed.
How is the transfer process carried out?
The exchange procedure works a similar path in all enlistment centers, the main thing that can change somewhat are the structures and steps relying upon how they have the area the board.
This is what you should be set up for before you start the exchange:
- Backup of web and email accounts: Before starting the transfer it is important to make a backup of your website and email accounts. The domain and hosting are two different services, that is, you can have the domain in one provider and hosting in another different. Even if you are going to transfer only the domain, it is better to make sure and copy it so as not to run the risk of losing information.
- 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 owner of the domain has access. The current provider has the obligation to provide the authorization code to the holder of the domain if he requests it. It depends on the service provider how they provide the code, there are registrars in which you have to request from their customer area and then send you by email, others already offer you directly from your customer area.
- Access to the email of the administrative contact and owner of the domain: In order to accept the transfer process it is necessary to have access to the email of the owner or administrative contact of the domain, it is important to verify that you have access to it before starting the transfer.
Transfer domains with authorization code or authcode
In the great majority of extensions, the transfer process is accepted by means of the authorization code or authcode. This is the case of 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 carry out the transfer are:
- Check domain status: We can make 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 looking for the domain we will see the following information:
In this case we can see in the Domain Status field that the domain has several blocks activated, so it would not be possible to make the transfer. We would have to contact our provider and tell them to unblock the domain in order 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 necessary steps to do so.
- With the domain already unlocked, we can request the authorization code or authcode of the domain, in terms of format, is usually a code of a minimum of 16 characters and contains multiple types of characters, from upper and lower case to special numbers and symbols.
- With these data we can now go to the new provider that we want to transfer the domain to start the process. This is the step that can vary the most, because it depends on the way each provider proceeds. In this case we are going to explain how simple is the process from DonDominio:
- Go to the Transfer tab on your website.
- Indicate the domain you want to transfer in the search box. This will add the domain to the shopping cart.
- In the shopping cart we configure the data of the holder, contacts and if we want we select a lodging. It is important to indicate that in the transfer of generic domains, during the transfer process you can modify the data of the holder and contacts of the domain.
- Now we only need to make the payment of the transfer, in generic domains, the transfer process has cost and the domain is renewed for one year.
- Once the payment process is finished, we access the domain management panel in our client area, where we will see the option of accepting the transfer process indicating the authcode of the domain.
- 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 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
- The transfer of the domains has a cost, that cost usually implies the renewal of the domain for one year.
- In the transfer process you can change the data of the owner and contacts of the domain.
- It is necessary to have the authorization code of the domain.
- The transfer takes between 5 and 6 days to complete by default.
Transfer domains .es, .com.es and .org.es
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 the following:
- Check that you have access to the email account of the administrative contact of the domain, in the domains .es it is not possible to activate a block, the only requirement that must be fulfilled to be able to transfer the domain is to have access to the email account of the administrative contact.
- 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.
- Once the transfer has started, after a time normally between 15-30 minutes, Red.es will send an email to the administrative contact of the domain, indicating that the transfer process of the domain has started and with a link to accept it.
- Simply 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 better reason, since not having an authorization code means less security for the holder.