Domain Name Transferring?
I currently have HostMonster handling all my domain and hosting stuff for about 11 websites. I am moving all my files and so forth over to HostGator for various reasons and now want to use a cheaper registration service, someone here recommended http://www.netfirms.com and I think I’m going to go with them since $ 12 for a domain and domain/whois privacy is less than the $ 20 I’m currently paying.
Talking with HostMonster about it proved unhelpful (no doubt they’re mad about losing a customer) so how should I do it? Unlock each domain, let it expire, and then re-register through the new registration? HostMonster said to unlock it and give the new register the EPP Code. Is that right or will there be a period of downtime with that method? I want zero downtime if at all possible. Also, should I let each domain expire or register with the new registration company before that happens and use the EPP Code to do that?
Answer by nosmirc flen
First of all, you should go to godaddy.com:)
2nd, there’s no need to let domains expire, HOWEVER if you’re close to renewal time, you cannot transfer them, as a rule, and you cannot if you just renewed. You have to wait 60 days.. I would check hostmonster documentation about before.
But you do have to use the EPP code. This is standard operating procedure. You have to unlock your domains as well to do it.
Read up on your new registrar’s procedure as well. Make sure your email addresses are correct – that you can get email.
THe move should be painless. It takes a day or two for dns propagation across the internet. Keep the old sites up for a few days that way you won’t lose email. It will either go to the old host or the new.
If you let the domain name expire, you have to wait 30 -60 days again if you want to register with a new registrar. If you renew within the grace period, you’re stuck at the old registrar.
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