Domain Name Transfer Information

Domain Name Transfer Information
So you have a​ domain name .​
Now what do you do with it?
Well, the obvious is​ to​ get it​ hosted somewhere .​
But how do you get it​ somewhere? How does one move their domain from one place to​ another?
Determine where your domain name is​ currently hosted
Domain transfers are without a​ doubt one of​ the most confusing things to​ a​ domain name owner, especially if​ you've never done it​ before and you don't have a​ clue as​ to​ where to​ start .​
Unfortunately it's a​ fact and we can't make it​ easy for you .​
But we can try to​ ease it​ up a​ bit.
The first thing you need to​ do is​ determine where your domain name is​ currently hosted .​
To do this you must do a​ whois search .​
Go to​ one of​ the websites below:
For this example we will use .​
Type your domain name in​ the text box provided.
The who is​ database gives info about the registrant: administrative contact
the technical contact and the billing contact, including addresses phone numbers
and email addresses .​
This is​ available to​ the public.
We want info about for this example.
This is​ what you will see:
Domain names in​ the .com, .net, and .org domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars .​
Go to​
for detailed information.
Registrar: TUCOWS, INC.
Whois Server:
Referral URL:
Updated Date: 07-jan-2018
Creation Date: 08-mar-1997
Expiration Date: 08-mar-2018
The Registry database contains ONLY .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU domains and
So, in​ breaking a​ whois search down:
Domain Name-The domainname you have inquired about
Registrar-The registrar the domain has been registered with
Whois Server-Who is​ database this info was pulled from
Referral URL-The URL of​ the Registrar -who you need to​ contact in​ order to​ change the domain from one name server to​ the other: either by physically talking to​ them or​ using control panel access.
Primary Name Server-The nameserver the domain currently resides on
Secondary Name Server-The nameserver the domain currently resides on
Two nameservers are generally used: if​ the primary nameserver breaks then the secondary can take over the primary nameserver duties until the primary is​ fixed.
Updated Date-When the whois record was last updated
Creation Date: When the domainname was created
Expiration Date: When the domain name expires
This domain was registered thru an​ Opensrs registrar/reseller .​
Scan the who is​ database
you will usually find the Registrar contact info .​
In this case the info was towards the bottom:
Registration Service Provider:,
We would then go to​
Providing we have our userid and password we could login and change our nameserver info, contact info or​ any number of​ functions.
Once we have changed our name server info there is​ generally a​ propagation periodnas the internet as​ a​ whole updates with new dns information .​
For a​ new domain name, you can count on anywhere from 12 - 24 hours .​
For a​ domain name that is​ already in​ existance, and has already been moved, it​ can take anywhere from 12 - 72 hours .​
There is​ no definitive time, unfortunately.
There have been instances of​ propagation taking two weeks or​ more.
Here are some of​ the different Domain name registrars now available on the net.
Recommendations to​ keep your domain name maintenence hassle-free:
Never use your domain name as​ part of​ your email address on your contact email for your whois record .​
Use a​ web-based email like Yahoo or​ Hotmail .​
If you experience any kind of​ issue, you'll be emailed at​ your contact email, and if​ it's your domain name and it's broken, you're out of​ luck.
Use yourself as​ a​ technical contact on your whois record .​
Use a​ second email address as​ well .​
Hosting companies do go out of​ business, and this could hinder your access should you want to​ move the domain name.
Keep track of​ the email addresses you use as​ contacts, the userids and passwords .​
Keep track of​ your domain name - when you ordered it, when it​ expires .​
If you let the domain name expire, your website will not be accessible through the domain name .​
Keep track of​ any userids/passwords associated with domain name maintenence.

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