Already have a domain name registered somewhere else? Not a problem. The following guide will help you to transfer your domain to Websavers!
If you would prefer to leave your domain registered with your current registrar, all you need to do is specify “I already own this domain” during your web hosting order. However, if you would rather experience the benefit of having all of your web services managed in one convenient location, transfer your domain to us too! Here’s how.
Unlock Your Domain
The first step to transfer your domain is to ensure your domain name isn’t locked; a lock will immediately prevent the domain from being transferred. Please disable any options referring to locking or preventing transfer of the domain.
Become the Admin Contact
Look for any information pertaining to the admin contact or, in the case of .ca’s, the registrant for the domain. It’s best to ensure all of the contact details are up to date before you transfer your domain, although the email address is the most important part. After you initiate the transfer process, an email will be sent to the admin (or registrant) contact for the domain that requests approval for the transfer. If you do not have access to this email address then the transfer will not complete successfully.
Disable Private Registration
Private registrations are great for hiding that you’re the owner of your domain from prying eyes, however it also commonly prevents our transfer authorization emails from reaching you. Unfortunately that makes the transfer impossible. Be sure to disable any privacy options you see with your current registrar before beginning the transfer of your domain registration.
Retrieve Your EPP Transfer Key or Code
When proceeding with your transfer order, you will be asked for a transfer key. Look for an option like: EPP Transfer Key or Code, Authorization Code, Domain Authorization, or anything similar to this. Check our knowledgebase article for specific instructions on retrieving your EPP transfer code from a few of the most common registrars.
Once you have unlocked your domain, set the admin email contact to your address and retrieved the EPP transfer code as described above, your domain will be ready for transfer!Click here to begin your transfer
Here’s what happens after you begin the transfer
The transfer begins by sending an authorization email to the email address listed in the WHOIS info for the domain. Be sure to check your email and follow the directions within to approve the transfer! We then have to wait for the old registrar to release the domain. They do this in one of three ways:
a) They’ll also send you an email to approve the transfer. This method usually takes 1-24 hours.
b) They’ll provide you with an option in their control panel to approve the transfer. This method takes about 5 minutes.
c) They don’t do either of the above and instead require that you wait 7 days for the transfer to timeout, thus automatically approving it. This method takes 7 days.
If you get option (a) or option (b) the whole process will probably take anywhere from a few hours up to a day to complete. If you’re stuck with option (c) it can be much longer!