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