How To Transfer a Domain Name To A New Registrar
This article will guide you in preparing your domain for transfer from Bluehost to a new registrar. Although you'll initiate the transfer with the new registrar, there are a few things you can do beforehand to ensure a smooth process.
This process includes transfers to/from our MX partners.
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- Prepare Your Domain
- Review Contact Information
- Update Name Servers
- Unlock the Domain
- Obtain the EPP Code
- Initiate the domain transfer
- Approve the transfer
Before transferring your domain, you need to access your domain settings. Follow these steps:
- Log in to your account.
- Click the Domains tab from the side navigation to the left.
Your contact information is included on your domain's WHOIS database record, as ICANN requires. Upon transfer, the gaining registrar will use the information on the domain's record to email critical information regarding the transfer to the administrative contact. That's why you need to make sure it's correct. It's best to avoid using an email address associated with the domain—use a public email service, like Gmail, instead.
If saving your changes will trigger a Change of Registrant request, you will only see the option to opt out of the 60-day transfer lock. The Change of Registrant process (steps 7, 9, and 10) will only apply if the option exists.
Follow these steps to update your domain's contact information:
- Click the Domain Contacts tab.
- Locate the EDIT button next to it and click on it.
- Depending on the selected tab (Owner, Admin, Tech), you can view and edit each tab individually.
- Choose the contact you want to update, then click the SAVE button to save the changes.
- Locate the verification email and click on the link provided within it to approve the changes that have been made.
Registering your domain with one company and hosting your website with another is possible. This means you can continue hosting your website with us if you like. But if you've already moved your website files to a new host, you should update your name servers to minimize downtime during the transfer. It would help if you did it now because you can't make DNS changes while the transfer is in progress.
- Click the Advanced Tools tab.
- Manage your DNS settings, click the Manage button next to the Nameservers option.
- Provide the necessary information to set up your new hosting provider.
- Click the SAVE button.
Once you save your new DNS settings, they will start to propagate. However, the changes may take 24-72 hours to be completed worldwide, as each ISP updates at a different rate. Your emails may not work during this time, and your web traffic will be directed to either the old or new host, depending on the visitor's ISP.
Domains are automatically locked to prevent unauthorized transfers. It's best to unlock the domain before transferring it to a new registrar.
- Click the Transfer or Move Domain section.
- Click the Domain Locked toggle.
To transfer your domain to another registrar, you must get the EPP code, also known as the Authorization or Auth code, from your current registrar. This code is a unique password consisting of letters, numbers, and special characters, which you must provide to the new registrar to authorize the transfer process.
- Click on the Transfer or Move Domain section.
- Click the REQUEST AUTH CODE button to request the authorization (EPP) code.
- You will be taken to a page where you'll need to check that you acknowledge transfer agreements, then click the CONTINUE TRANSFER button.
Now you have completed the preparation process for transferring your domain.
Now, your domain is ready to be transferred. The transfer itself will be initiated with the gaining registrar, so you'll need to contact them for specific instructions. Here's a general idea of what you'll need to do:
- Log in to your account with the gaining registrar.
- Begin the domain transfer process according to their instructions.
- Please provide them with the EPP code you copied from the Transfer EPP tab.
- Follow any additional steps and/or validation they require.
Transfers between domains may take up to five days to complete. However, you can expedite the process by manually approving the transfer once it's pending.
- Click the Domain Name tab from the side navigation menu to the left.
- Click the Transfer or Move Domain section.
- Approve the transfer.
Transferring your domain name from Bluehost to another registrar requires preparation to ensure a smooth transition.
Verify your contact information is accurate, as it will be used during the transfer process.Avoid updating registrant information close to the transfer to prevent delays.
Domains must be unlocked, and you'll need to obtain an EPP (Authorization) code from us, which is necessary for your new registrar to initiate the transfer.
Additionally, updating name servers before the transfer can minimize downtime.Transfers shouldn't be done within 45 days of renewal to avoid losing a renewal year.
Lastly, the transfer process involves providing the EPP code to the new registrar and following their specific instructions to complete the transfer. We hope this article has been a big help for you when transferring your domain to another registrar.