What Happens to My Domain Name When I Transfer It?


At some time or other in your business, you may or may not decide to change your hosting provider. When you transfer a domain, you are telling ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) that you want an alternative registrar to manage your domain.

Changing Hosting v’s Transferring Domain

If you are deciding to switch hosting, you need to ensure that you have a full backup of your website before you begin. You website files will need to be moved to your new hosting before the cancellation of your old. If you are just transferring your domain, your hosting will be unaffected and there will be no need to transfer any files.

What you will before the process can start

When you request to transfer your domain to a new provider, you need to know the following;

  • Who is your domain currently registered with? If you are not sure you can use whois.com.au to find out
  • Your AUTH code for that domain
  • Ensure you are the administrative contact on the domain (the admin confirms the transfer request). If confirmation is not received within five days, the transfer request will fail and you will have to initiate the request again.

The Domain Transfer Process

The new registrar will lodge the application for transfer for you normally. This will active the confirmation email which should arrive at your admin contact email. (See point 3 above). This email will need to be approved. Provided there is no reason not to release the domain, the domain will either been approved for transfer from your old host, or if they don’t action it, there will be an automatic transfer in 5 days.

Reasons a Transfer Might Fail

They will also not be released if they are the subject of legal disputes, such as over ownership or payments due. The domain is locked, pending deletion, in a redemption period or inactive. Domains cannot be transferred for 60 days after initial registration or transfer.