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Transfer Your Domain or Change Your Name Servers?

Transfer Your Domain or Change Your Name Servers?

When you have a domain, there’s things you need to know beyond simply creating a site on the domain. Naturally, talking about name servers and domain name transfers can get somewhat mind-boggling and technical.

Below, we’re altering the name servers completely, and planning to analyze the differences between transferring the domain to a different registrar or user.

What Are Domain Registrars?

You select a particular registrar to register your domain with when you register a domain. Generally, you find yourself selecting an annual contract where you’ll have possession of the domain for a year at a time, well, unless you choose to register the domain name for a longer period of time. The maximum time period you may register a domain name is for up-to 10 years at a time.

Some common domain name registrars are: SiteColo, NameCheap, and GoDaddy. Most will differ based upon pricing as well as the benefits included with your domain, although the domain name registrar you select doesn’t matter all that much.

Don’t forget, your domain name registrar and your web host may be two separate businesses, in that case, you’ll only have to alter the name servers, which we’ll cover below.

Why Would You Want to Transfer a Domain?

There really are various reasons for transferring your domain, but we emphasize some of the most frequent reasons below:

  1. You would like to combine domain name registrar and your host collectively.
  2. You’ve purchased a domain that’s now enrolled in a different registrar.
  3. You must transfer the domain to a client or sold a domain name.

Domain Name Transfer Prerequisites

Before you begin the domain name transfer procedure, you should first examine the prerequisites (below) to make certain that you’re not creating any additional problems on your own.

  1. Your domain has to be over 60 days old and not have already been transferred or modified.
  2. You’ll need to know whether or not the name servers will need to be altered when you change to a brand new registrar.
  3. Prior to making the switch, you will need the authorization code (EPP) and may possibly need to remove WHOIS protection.
  4. Be sure you update your domain contact information, as this may be necessary to finish the request.

The Domain Name Transfer Procedure

The domain name transfer procedure starts at your present registrar. You’ll need to put in a request to transfer to a brand-new registrar and you’ll be given some procedures to follow on their end (ex: such as updating your Registration email address, unlocking the domain and possibly removing whois protection services).

The measures required to transfer your domain may vary depending on the domain name registrar. As you will find measures set up to stop unauthorized transfers, the transfer itself normally requires a day or two to finish. In some cases, we’ve seen certain registrars take up to a week to finalize a domain name transfer.

What Are Name Servers?

Name servers are what tell the internet what server your website is hosted on. Wherever your website is hosted, basically, when someone types in your domain name, the name server will then point to the web host.

Transferring Name Servers

Your present name servers will typically appear something such as this:

  • ns1.sitecolo.com
  • ns2.sitecolo.com

To alter your current name servers, all you will need to do is change the existing name server information to your brand-new host.

So basically, whatever hosts name servers you use, will tell the domain registrar where to point your domain name.

Hopefully this post helped clear up any confusion between just changing the name servers and truly transferring a domain. In most cases, you’d probably just switch your name servers instead of transferring your name from host to host.

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