Transferring your web sites from one web hosting provider to another is a fairly simple process when done correctly. However, it is important to understand the various steps and protocols of a web hosting transfer before beginning the site migration procedure.
One commonly overlooked aspect web hosting transfers is the transferring of a domain name. In some cases, this is not necessary. However, some domain name registrars and web hosts will require you to transfer your domain to their servers when you transfer to a new hosting service.
What is A Domain Name Transfer?
A domain name transfer is simply the transference of domain records from one domain registrar to another. In no way does a domain name transfer affect the content of a web site or server. When you purchase a new web hosting plan, in many cases, the web host may also be a domain name registrar.
Some of these hosting companies require you to transfer the ownership of your domain from the previous registrar to their DNS servers. A DNS server is simply a web server that is designed to store information about domain names.
How is a Domain Name Transfer Completed?
Transferring a domain from one registrar to another is as simple as filling out a form on the current domain registrar’s web site. Most of the time, you will be able to find an option on their site that says “transfer domains.” If you are unable to find this option, then you may need to contact your web hosting support staff for assistance.
After you have filled out the necessary information, you will be contacted via email by the new registrar to confirm the domain transfer. If the domain is not more than 60 days old, then many domain name registrars will not allow you to transfer your domain form one registrar to another. Thus, if you are looking for a new web site and your domain name is not older than 60 days, then you will want to make sure the new host does not require domain name transference.
How Much Does it Cost and How Long Does it Take?
The cost of the domain name transfer will usually depend upon the specific domain name registrar and a few other factors. Some hosting providers/domain name registrars will allow you to transfer the domain for free, while others will offer a discounted package deal. Some registrars will offer free domain name transferring if you decide to register your domain with them for more than a year.
The process usually takes about a week to ten days, however sometimes it can be shorter or longer, depending upon the hosting provider. If the domain is currently involved in a dispute, it can take much longer because the dispute has to be resolved before the domain can be transferred.