Are you looking for any tutorial on How to Transfer Domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap Effectively? Then continue reading this post, you will be able to transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap.
Domain names are very crucial elements when it comes to launching any website online.
It is the first thing that you need to show your online presence. There are dozens of domain registrars available in the market where you can register your domain names.
However, I would highly recommend you to go with Namecheap, Hostinger, or GoDaddy because they are popular, affordable, and offer decent support services round the clock.
Sometimes it may happen that you have registered a domain name, and no matter what the reason is, you are not satisfied with their services.
In this case, you can look for another domain registrar for domain transfer or registering new domain names.
Registering a domain name is quite a simple and easy job for anyone. You just need to pick the right domain registrar, search for domain name availability and follow the steps to purchase (register) your domain name.
But in this post, I am going to explain the process for domain name transfer from one domain registrar to another.
For this tutorial, I have taken GoDaddy and Namecheap where I will describe the complete process of Domain name transfer from GoDaddy to Namecheap.
Before going on to the main topic let’s have a short overview of “what is domain name and why you need to change domain registrar”.
- What is Domain Name & Other Related Terms?
- Why Do You Need to Transfer Domain Name?
- Type of Domain Transfer?
- How to Transfer Domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap
- Final Thought on Domain Transfer
What is Domain Name & Other Related Terms?
- Domain Name – It is the address of your website which your browsers like Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari uses to identify your IP Addresses. When someone types a domain name into the browser, search bar they reach to your site and consume your content.
- Registrar – They are known as domain name registration service provider and they manage reservation of domain names. You can say that the place where you have registered your domain name.
- Domain Name System (DNS) – DNS helps to convert a domain name into an IP address/es. You can say that it’s the map of instructions by which you can find the important information of any domain name.
- Name Server (NS) – When you purchase any domain name, it comes with default nameserver that is used for connecting domain to a hosting server. If you have the same service provider for domain & hosting then you don’t need any configuration to create a website. But if you have separate service provider then you need to change default nameserver with your hosting nameserver.
- Records – Every domain name comes with several records like A Record, CNAME Record, MX Record, TXT Record, SPF Record that give instruction to do with certain task relating to your domain.
Why Do You Need to Transfer Domain Name?
There could be any reason that you have decided to change domain registrar. In my case, I have got a cheaper service on Namecheap compared to GoDaddy.
But you may have some different reasons. But I will tell you some points that can be a solid reason for changing domain registrar.
Here are they-
- Ease of Use
Considering all the above points you can make the right decision whether you should change your domain registrar or not.
But I would suggest don’t move further by seeing any single point and looking for other advantages & disadvantages while transferring your domain from the registrar to another one.
Type of Domain Transfer?
There are two types of domain transfer exist,
- Changing Ownership – This process belongs to the change of ownership of any domain name. It can be either from you to another person OR from another person to you.
- Changing Domain Registrar – In this case, you will change the current domain registrar to another that you like.
Note – As per ICANN policy you can’t switch your domain name from one registrar to another before 60 days. That means you are eligible to change your registrar after 60 days.
In today’s post, I am going to show you the step-by-step process of domain transfer from GoDaddy to Namecheap.
So, continue with this post and keep reading,
How to Transfer Domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap
Transferring domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap doesn’t require any technical knowledge. However, you need to accomplish some prerequisite tasks to complete your domain transfer process.
Here are some points that you need to consider before you proceed to transfer a domain name from GoDaddy to Namecheap
- Unlock Your Domain
- Disable Privacy Lock
- Save DNS (if any)
- Get Authorization Code
- Check Transfer Eligibility
Once you have completed the above tasks, you are now ready to transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap.
The entire process will be completed in three parts 1. Prepare Domain for Transfer, 2. Place an Order, 3. Accept Transfer.
I will cover all the points in detail so that you can transfer your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap successfully without any mistakes.
Note – If you have created any website on the domain (which you are going to transfer) then don’t worry you will not face any downtime or data loss.
So, quickly jump to the topic and start transferring your domain. Follow the steps below to make your process correct.
Step 1. Prepare Your Domain for Transfer at GoDaddy
It is the first step when you have decided to transfer your domain from one registrar to another. You need to take some action in your account at the previous domain registrar.
A: Unlock Your Domain & Turn OFF Privacy
By default, your domain is locked by the domain registrar for any accidental transfer. You Must have to unlock it before moving further.
After that, you will see all the domain lists here. Now unlock the domain and turn off the privacy which you wanted to transfer out.
Now you have successfully unlocked the domain for transfer and turned off privacy to complete the transfer process hassle-free.
In the next step, you have to obtain the authorization code that will be required to verify ownership and authorize the transfer of your domain.
So, let’s get the Authorization code/ EPP code.
B: Generate Authorization Code
Obtaining an authorization code from GoDaddy is very easy. Just follow the step below to generate an authorization code.
On the previous page, click on the domain which you want to transfer, which will take you to another page where you need to scroll the page and search for additional settings.
In the additional settings tab, you need to click on the “Transfer domain away from GoDaddy” option for the next step.
Upon completion of the previous step, you will be redirected to another page where you have to start the process to generate a domain authorization code.
Here you will see some checklists for domain transfer and you must adhere to these checklists for successful domain transfer.
If everything is okay, click on the “Continue with Transfer” button for the next step.
On the next page, you will see the option to see your Authorization code. Just click on the button to see your authorization code. GoDaddy will also send the authorization code to your registered email address.
When you click on the above option you will see your domain authorization code here. You need to select and copy OR click on the “Copy to Clipboard” button to copy the authorization code and paste it somewhere.
Now we have successfully completed the essential task at the existing domain registrar (GoDaddy), now it’s time to move further and place an order for your domain at the next domain registrar (Namecheap).
Step 2. Place an Order at Namecheap
Till now you have unlocked the domain, turned off privacy, and obtained an authorization code from GoDaddy. Now visit Namecheap’s official website to begin the transfer process.
For this, you have to select the Transfer tab, type your domain name in the black field and click on the “Transfer” button to check whether your domain is transferable or not.
If you completed the tasks correctly at GoDaddy then on the next page you will see the success message that your domain is eligible for transfer to Namecheap.
On the same page, you will also see the domain registrar lock status “Unlocked” (if not showing click on the Refresh button to Refresh the status) and the option to provide an authorization code.
If everything is okay, checkmark domain contact information and enter the authorization code and verify it. On successful verification of the authorization code click on the “Add to Cart” button to place an order at Namecheap.
On the next page, you have to see the order summary for your domain. Here you need to cross-check your order details and click on the “Confirm Order” button to make the purchase.
To place an order, you need to create an account OR login into an existing one and follow the instructions for making the payment.
Don’t forget to avail discounts by applying coupon codes during checkout to save some money. Check the valid coupon code on the Namecheap Coupon Page (Updated Every Month).
After a successful payment transaction, you will get an email from Namecheap about your order and action to approve the transfer.
Click the appropriate button OR link from the email that you received earlier from Namecheap to initiate the domain transfer.
Note – Domain transfer process will not start until you approve the transfer. Once you approve the transfer your domain will get transferred from GoDaddy to Namecheap within 5 working days. My domain gets transferred on the same day.
You can check the transfer status at the Namecheap account easily in the domain section. You will also receive the transfer confirmation from Namecheap, once your domain gets transferred. So, wait for it.
Step 3. Approve Transfer at GoDaddy
Till now you have initiated the domain transfer by approving transfer requests. Your domain will be transferred as per ideal time.
However, if you don’t have patience you can speed up the domain transfer process from your GoDaddy account.
To do so, go to “Domain Tab” and then “Transfer”. Here you will see the domain which is being transferred in the Transfers Out Tab.
Just select the domain and click on the “Approve Transfer” button to speed up domain transfer.
When you complete the above task, you can expect that your domain gets transferred to Namecheap within 24 hours.
Please Note – After successful domain transfer make sure to check if your DNS is perfectly configured to avoid any error on your site. If you have created any website on your domain, make sure to change the old DNS with your current domain registrar. But if you are using a hosting nameserver then you will not face any issues.
Points to be Consider Before Initiating Domain Transfer
- Your domain registration period should be over 60 days.
- You can’t transfer a domain again if it has been transferred in the last 60 days.
- Your domain contact information should be accessible.
- You must disable privacy before domain transfer.
- The domain name should be active, unlocked, and cannot be expired.
Reason for Cancellation of Domain Transfer Process.
- If you are doing anything wrong/ fraud,
- Court complaint against your domain.
- Any Reasonable dispute over the identity of the registered.
- Payment transaction failure.
- The domain is not unlocked.
- The domain shouldn’t be transferred in the last 60 days.
Final Thought on Domain Transfer
No matter what the reason is you are always free to change your domain registrar. I have explained everything which is required for successfully transferring your domain name from GoDaddy to Namecheap.
If you follow the above steps correctly, you will not face any problem/ downtime for your domain. But remember, you should take these steps after considering valid reasons because selecting the right domain registrar is quite beneficial in the long run.
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