I often get asked about the process of transferring a domain name. The domain transfer process is very simple.
How do I transfer a domain name away from my current domain name registration provider to a new company?
In order to transfer a domain name away from one company to another you need to first purchase a domain transfer service via the new company you wish to transfer to.
For example. If you wanted to transfer a domain name to Pickaweb you would need to follow the following steps to do so.
You would select the option to Transfer Domain Names from the drop down menu on our navigation bar.
The cost for transferring a domain name is the same as 1 year of registration.
Once the domain name has been successfully transferred to us it would automatically add an additional year of registration to your domain.
If you have a UK domain name such as .co.uk, .org.uk the domain transfer is FREE.
What happens once I have ordered the domain name transfer?
The owner of the domain name, (the admin email contact) will receive an email asking to approve the transfer.
Once you approve it it will take several days for the domain transfer to go through. In the meantime, your domain name will continue working as usual.
There is no downtime when you transfer from one company to another.
What changes only is who is responsible for the domain name, for future renewals and so on.
You need to make sure that your domain name has the unlocked status when you are transferring away. You should normally be able to unlock yourself via your current domain name registration provider.
If you are unable you need to contact them and request it from them.
Also, If you are unable to accept the transfer because your email address has changed you need to contact your current domain name registration provider to update your details.
If for some reason the company that you registered the domain name with no longer exists you would need to contact the domain registrar directly eg: If you have a .co.uk domain name you would contact Nominet (which is the organization that issues UK domain names)
There is an additional step in the process for transferring a UK domain name away.
How Do I transfer a UK domain name to another company?
If you have a UK domain name, apart from ordering the transfer as indicated in the image above.
There is no cost associated with transferring UK domain names to us.
You can do that at no extra cost. You also need to change the IPS tag.
What is an IPS Tag?
An IPS tag only applies to UK Domain names, such as .co.uk and .org.uk.
The tag is used to identify the company responsible for the UK domain.
If you wish to change domain providers you would need to change the IPS Tag.
The IPS Tag change has to be made through your current domain registration provider. If you are unable to contact your current provider any longer you can contact Nominet, which is the UK organization that issues UK domain names to make the change for you.
The IPS tag change can take 24-48 hours to take effect.
You should be able to do this just by login in to your domain name registration control panel (with your current domain name provider)
There you would change your IPS tag to PICKAWEB Once you have done so you need to contact our support team to let us know.