How to Transfer Your Domain to Appy Pie – A Simple Guide
Choosing the right domain name is critical to creating a good business website. As of Q4, 2021, there were a total of 341.7 million registered domain names. This means most of the popular domain names have already been taken, so the moment you find a domain name that is a perfect fit, head to a domain search tool and check its availability before registering it.
As soon as you find a domain name that is a good fit for you, you can register your domain name through a domain name system (DNS) registrar.
You can register your domain with your web hosting provider, or you can choose to register your domain name with a different platform. However, you also need to think of a situation where you want to change your domain provider.
What is a domain transfer?
A domain transfer is the process of transferring your domain name from one registrar to another. There is one requirement, however, before you can change your domain registrar. ICANN has a 60-day Change of Registrant Lock, meaning that you must be registered with the current domain registrar for 60 days at least.
There may be a number of reasons why you would want to change your registrar. It could be because they have recently hiked their prices, or your site performance is suffering. It could be because you found a better deal on a different platform, or you may want to get all your domains under one registrant for ease.
How to choose a new registrar?
Now that you have decided to transfer domain name to a different registrant, it is time to choose the new registrar. Here are a few factors that can help you make that decision.
Every registrar or domain provider has a different set of features and services. When you are choosing a registrar, you should look closely at the features offered by the registrar you are considering. Create your own list of features and services that are important for you and compare the two to see if this new registrar is the right fit.
The pricing, like the features, is different for every registrar, hence you must take a close look at the plans before deciding to transfer your domain. Some registrars may charge extra for certain features you may find critical. Another point you must consider is that while the charges for the first year of domain registration may be very low, subsequent renewals may be much more expensive. The point is, simply because a registrar is offering services for fewer prices does not mean it is perfect for you.
How to transfer a domain to Appy Pie?
Whether you want to transfer domain away from GoDaddy or Shopify, Appy Pie is the perfect choice for you. Here is how to transfer a domain to Appy Pie.
Disable registrar lock
The registrar domain puts a lock on your domain for security reasons preventing any unauthorized transfer. To unlock your domain name, visit the domain management section, and disable the lock for the domain you wish to transfer.
Request authorization code
You also need an authorization code before you can transfer domains to a new registrar. This authorization code acts as a bridge between the old and the new domain registrars to carry out the domain transfer. The code must be provided within five days (by email) of your request. Some domain registrars allow the users to auto-generate these codes from within their control panels.
Create an account with Appy Pie
Go to Appy Pie and create an account. Go to the domain transfer page and enter the domain name you want to transfer to Appy Pie. Make sure to enter the domain name with the suffix.
Enter the authorization code
Next, enter the authorization code you received from the old registrar. Be careful while entering the authorization code because if you enter an incorrect code, your domain transfer will not go through, and you will have to start from scratch, again.
Authorize the domain transfer
Upon entering the auth code, you will receive a call from both old and new registrars, who will confirm your details. At this time, you will also provide the final confirmation for the domain transfer. Only when you provide the correct contact information to both providers will you be able to go ahead with the transfer.
Finalize the transfer
After the old registrar releases your domain, all that remains is for your new service provider to configure your domain and servers. This process may take somewhere between a few days to a week. However, your website will remain accessible to you through the old provider for this duration.
Choose between public or private domain
This is relevant, especially if you want to hide public WHOIS information for your website. If you choose to go this way, your website will only come up with the registrar’s contact information instead of your personal details. This is particularly a great idea if you are running your business from home and do not want your contact information available to anyone on the internet. However, it is to be noted that private domains are more expensive than public domains.
Discontinue previous registration
Yes, this is when you should cancel your old registration. Only after your new account is active and your new domain is completely transferred should you discontinue the previous registration.
Now that you know how easy it is to transfer your domain to Appy Pie, what’s holding you back?
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