Transferring Your Domains to WA - It's Now Possible!

Last Update: March 31, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We have just rolled out a very highly requested feature of the new SiteDomains platform at WA. This new features allows you to transfer domains from other Domain Registrars, to WA!

In early February 2016, we introduced our SiteDomains platform that allows for anyone to register their own domain names right here at WA. It was requested many times right from the get-go to be able to transfer domains from other Registrars (i.e.: Godaddy, Namecheap etc) over to our platform. This is now a reality, it's LIVE, and anyone can now move their domains over to WA SiteDomains.

How do You Transfer a Domain?

Transferring a domain from a registrar is not the same as pointing your domain's DNS. A domain transfer is actually moving the domain to another registrar. For example. If you originally purchased your domain at Namecheap.com, you could transfer your domain over to our SiteDomain platform where all features of your domain (including payment and renewals) would be handled right here. For a full list of features included with SiteDomains, you can read my launch post here.

There are really just a couple things that you need to do in order to transfer your domain over to WA.

1 - You need a Transfer Code

Domain Transfer Codes (sometimes called EPP Codes) are codes that your current domain registrar will give you. It's like a secret key that you need to give the new Registrar to verify that you own the domain and are in-fact authorized to transfer the domain.

2 - Transfer or Domain Lock

Many domain registrars, including SiteDomains here at WA, will have protection called domain lock or transfer lock. In order to transfer a domain you must turn transfer lock OFF at the existing registrar.

3 - Verification by Email

Once you initiate a transfer here at WA SiteDomains by entering your authorization code, you'll be sent an email to the registrant email address of the domain. In the email there will be a link that you need to click to verify that you own the domain and want to transfer it. Click the verification link and the transfer will start.

How Long Does a Transfer Take?

Transfers usually can be done in just a few hours, but it can take up to 5 days to transfer a domain to WA. When you are sent emails from your registrar, read them carefully because in many cases there are links that you can click that will transfer the domain IMMEDIATELY vs waiting for the typical 3-5 days. 1and1.com for example gives you the ability to transfer it immediately, and it actually only takes a few minutes. Namecheap is another that allows you to transfer your domains in about an hour or so. It's very quick.

Does it Cost Anything to Transfer Your Domains?

Yes but it's not a fee. In order to transfer a domain from one registrar to another you typically have to renew the domain for 1 or more years. With WA SiteDomains, you can renew your domain for just one year if you like. What this means is that you add one year to your existing registration. Some companies charge fees transfer your domain, but we've kept the cost as low as possible and simply require you to renew your domain with us before transferring.

Domain Transfers are now integrated into the SiteDomain platform. If you have domains registered at "Other" registrars, you will see a "Transfer to WA" button beside them on your Domain page here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/domains

You can transfer the domain over to WA at any time and you will not incur any downtime on your websites. We've tested many of the top registrars and there is zero website downtime when transferring a domain. Your DNS will not change when you transfer a domain so regardless where your web hosting is, you are only transferring over your domain with this process.

We're really excited with this new feature addition to the SiteRubix platform and we look forward to being able to accept your entire domain portfolio so that you can keep things under one roof!

I look forward to hearing how your experience is with transferring domains to the WA SiteDomain platform!

Cheers,

Carson

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MoneyMagnet3 Premium
Thanks for this insight. Today I purchased a domain name with Godaddy and tried to point the DNS to Hostgator - but after I purchased the domain name, it said I could not transfer the DNS for two months.

Is there a way around this? I don't want to use Godaddy's webhosting. I've been with Hostgator since 2008.
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ashkh Premium
Question: I know that we can host a max of 25 domains here on WA. What about the purchase and registration of domains with WA's registrar? Is the max number also 25, or could I buy and register more than that? I have domain names on other registrars that I've bought first but won't be using yet, and which I'm thinking of transferring to WA.
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NemiraB Premium
I wanted to transfer one domain from namecheap.com. I paid already here, at WA for it one week ago. Unfortunately, verification email did not respond, something failed and now WA asks to pay again. Without it, I can not transfer this domain. It does not matter that I got a new authorization code from namecheap.com. Maybe it is a glitch in the system, who knows?Anyway, if it is paid for one year already, it supposed to let transfer the domain here.
I guess that authorization codes are time sensitive.
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PaulaLloyd1 Premium
OK Carson,
i have done all that and I still cannot access my domain name and transfer my content from siterubix to WA. Received the code and placed it, set web managers to point to WA and still when I go to move it says It is locked or not old enough (60 days). Whats Up? this is getting very frustrating!!!
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eatsoap Premium
Hello Paula,

Sounds like a technical issue that comes from Wealthy Affiliate end (:
I'd suggest you to contact with Site Support to get technical support for your website.

Support is super-fast in WA, I believe you get it solved in no time, you just have to ask to give it a try.
Be so kind & let us know what solution they come up with & if you need any further assistance.

Regards,
Henry
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PaulaLloyd1 Premium
Well after my 2nd call to support and 3 days of going crazy it finally happened!!! I am now transferred and working on my site the way I wanted. Thanks to everyone who tried to help and to all those blogs I read and posts and ....... Well, you get the point. THANKS! Mission Accomplished.
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KevinBulmer Premium
Hey Folks,

I've read through this training and many of the comments to see if this has already been covered. I saw what looked like parts of it, but not enough to make me feel, "Oh, okay, I'm ready to go."

Here's what I'm nervous about: the content and functionality of my site(s) after transfer.

I have 2 existing sites, though one is substantially more populated with content of all kinds. I don't want to have to rebuild it.

I own my own domains (GoDaddy) and have them set as being forwarded to these sites, which are both on the free WordPress platform (.com as opposed to .org). In fact, one of the sites has 2 of my own domains that both go to that same site. So I'm paying Wordpres.com a domain forwarding fee for each of those.

If I transfer the domains to WA and then move the nameservers from WordPress.com to WA, does the content (guts) of the site move too? Does it even have to?

And will it just "work" in the WA platform? Since it's going from one kind of Wordpress (free .com kind) to another (here at WA), I'm assuming that Wordpress will recognize it and keep the "formatting." They look very similar but there are a few differences, especially the ability to use Plugins.

I hope I've described what I'm nervous about clearly enough. I apologize that I don't necessarily possess the right vocabulary yet! But I would like to get those sites here to WA.

Thank you in advance for your kind attention and assistance :)

Kevin
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Dreamer56 Premium
Kevin I think contacting site support would get you the best answer. They know exactly what it will take and how it will transpire.
Tim
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solidwalnut Premium
Kevin--

I hope that you found the answers you're looking for. I believe that the bottom line is that no, site content transfer is not a part of it. You'd have to rebuild the site on the WA platform.

I'm trying to find the reference I found that says that, but can't find it at the moment. I'll repost here should I find it.

Maybe some day WA will be able to do it. I know that I've had it done before in the past with another host, but I'm sure it's a ton of dedicated time and work.

Steve
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KevinBulmer Premium
Hey Steve,

Thanks for the note. What you described is exactly what I had to do. It took about 2 weeks, working at it when I could. But the sites are here now.

Thanks again!

Kevin
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solidwalnut Premium
I am going to have to do the same with a couple other of my sites in the near future, but to begin my WA and affiliate marketing training, I've created new ones here. My other sites are what house my music and songwriting stuff. They're costing me money to be hosted elsewhere, and I figure there's no sense wasting that money anymore when they could be hosted here for 'free'.

And I'll be smarter about it and learn how to monetize them as well!

Steve
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