Transfer GoDaddy Domain to WA

Last Update: May 29, 2015

Update: That's so funny. I had to come back to my own blog to transfer another domain to SiteRubix. I forgot everything I told you below. Don't worry, it's just a senior moment.


This is a step by step guide for pointing your domain name to your SiteRubix website if you registered your domain name on GoDaddy.

The process might seem scary at first if you have never done it before. Just relax and take it slow. Everything will be fine and you will not break anything.

Configuring a domain name hosted at GoDaddy and pointing the name at SiteRubix is a two step process. Step one: configure your domain name at GoDaddy. Step two: Configure your SiteRubix website.

The reason I bring this up is because the process of pointing a domain name at GoDaddy is different than the tutorials I reviewed here at WA. I have had multiple domain names at GoDaddy for years. I have had to point them at different website hosts over the years too. I just configured and to point to my SiteRubix website tonight and I was surprised to find the process is much simpler on GoDaddy's control panel but the tutorials here at WA were not updated. So I thought I would give everyone a heads up.

Ok, take a deep breath. Here we go ...

  1. Go and get yourself a glass of water or something to drink (no beer) just in case you start to shake and your mouth goes dry during this process. That happened to me the first time I ever pointed a domain name.
  2. Log in to your account manager at GoDaddy. You do remember how to do that?
    Here is the log in page: GoDaddy Log In
  3. When you get logged in then you will be presented with a list of all your products at GoDaddy. Maybe some you didn't know you had. Anyway, in that list of products is one called "Domains." To the right is a button called "manage." Click on it.
    (The button used to be called Launch)
  4. Now, click on the little box to the left of the domain name you want to work on. If you only have one domain name then that won't be hard to figure out.
  5. Important: check to see if the domain name is locked. You can't mess with pointing a domain if it's locked. It's a safety feature that GoDaddy does now days automatically when you buy your domain name.

    In the "edit" column you will see a little green check mark. Click on the check mark and a box will open up. You now have 2 choices. Click the "unlock" button and click save.
  6. Now, take a look above the row where you see your domain name. Look up at the row of little icons and find one called "nameservers." Point your mouse cursor at the nameservers icon and a drop down menu will appear. Click on "Set Nameservers."

    It takes longer to explain all this than to actually do it. Anyway, when you click on "Set Nameservers" a new box will appear. You have two choices; "standard" or "custom." You want to select the "custom" option.
  7. When you arrive at the "custom" area you will be presented with two boxes to fill in. This is where you will put the two DNS names to point your domain to SiteRubix. The two names to put in are; (in the first box) (in the second box)
  8. Please be careful; now is NOT the time to make a spelling mistake. That's why I told you not to get a beer to drink. Fill in those boxes then check those boxes 256 1/2 times to make sure you got it right. Actually, checking it once is enough.
  9. Now, take a drink of water.
  10. If you are satisfied with the DNS names then click "ok.
  11. Now click "save" and log out of GoDaddy.
  12. Done right? Nope. Nothing will happen unless you configure your SiteRubix website. Don't worry, this is the easy part.
  13. Log in to your SiteRubix dashboard. Now, I know you remember how to do that.
  14. What you are now looking for is a little icon called "move." When you find it then go ahead and click on it.
  15. In the top box put in your domain name (
  16. Now, click on the box that says "I'm ready ..."
  17. A box will pop up asking you to wait while SiteRubix goes to work making everything work as it should. Now is a good time to take another sip of water.
  18. When I did this, I got a "move complete" message in about 30 seconds. I didn't even have time to take a sip of beer (oops) water.
  19. When the move is completed then a box will pop up and some important ftp information will be listed. You may never need this but I recommend writing it down just in case.
  20. Return to GoDaddy and lock your domain name again. You don't want someone messing with your domain name. If unlocked, you may one day turn on your computer to have a look at all that wonderful work you did only to find you are now on a porn site. Don't laugh, it could really happen if your domain is unlocked.
  21. Glitch. I don't know why but I tried accessing my site editor right away but the system would not log in. I closed the SiteRubix dashboard then opened it again and everything worked fine ever since.
  22. Contrary to popular belief, my domain name was visible almost immediately after completing the above steps. In the old days, GoDaddy was slow about this process.
  23. Finally, please tell me where to send the bill. You don't think I gave you this information for free do you?
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MariaB4 Premium
Thanks a lot for the info. There is an updated info on WA ( how to do it and combine with your info works like a charm.

clarerubel Premium
Where do I send the check?
sarahalison Premium
I must be doing something wrong but when I put my domain in the WA Move, it says not available. Any ideas where I went wrong?
dougoverly Premium
I have my go daddy domain already, I have the DNS pointed to WA, but no Web site constructed yet. It won't let me build asite from scratch on it. Do I need to build a free siterubix site FIRST then move it?
Kerezsi Premium
Thank you grampamike it is work wonderful your response Laszlo
slm75006 Premium
This is great information! I'm going to take action today based on these instructions. Thanks for sharing!! :)
Tw1 Premium
Greetings Mike! Just wanted to let you know that I used your post to complete this very operation on a domain just a few minutes ago! It worked flawlessly! Now I can get started building! I really appreciate your post!

grampamike Premium
Hi Tom. Happy to hear all went well. When you make your first million then let me know so I can send you the bill for this tutorial, LOL.
Tw1 Premium
I most certainly will! :) Thanks again!
BradleyH78 Premium
Hi there Grampamike, so glad you posted this, i was getting no where in lesson 6. I have changed my first nameserver to my first domain which went smoothly, will it make a difference if the domain name i've copied and pasted be an issue if they were all in Capital letters
/ My second one is acting up!

when i click on custom it takes me to the nameserver setting but there is only one block showing : (You're currently using default nameservers. Enter custom nameservers »).

it wont let me change : You have 0 IP addresses.

please help!
grampamike Premium
Hi. Sorry for the late response. I'm limiting my time on WA these days to late at night.

Yikes, you present an interesting problem. I have never tried all caps with a domain name. Could possibly confuse the GoDaddy servers. It's just a guess. Highly suggest not messing with caps and domains.

If you can't change a domain setting be sure the domain is unlocked.

Here's my training on pointing GoDaddy domains. If unlocking isn't the problem then I recommend going directly to GoDaddy support. They have been real helpful to me.

If all else fails then shoot your computer, LOL.
BradleyH78 Premium
Yip was up until 12:30 last night trying to sort this domain issue.

It turns out that it doesn't matter if your Domain name is in capital letters it converts it automatically to the correct format.

I did however receive an email from Godaddy that my second domain name change was unsuccessful and i have to upgrade to premium in order to use it, i got at a discount with my other domain name and have trouble with it ever since, i think i'm going to ask for my money back for it!
grampamike Premium
Premium? What does GoDaddy mean by premium? They have never used that term with me. Then again, I don't host anything there. They are just my domain registrar.

I wonder if that isn't some new fangled upgrade. I never fall for upgrades so I'm pretty ignorant about this premium stuff.

By all means, ask for your money back if unsatisfied. The trouble you are having is extremely odd. Perhaps you will have better luck registering your domain at NameCheap. Folks around here seem to like to use that registrar.

Good luck with your adventure.
suzyq97439 Premium
Ok, I must be real dumb, sorry! I just purchased a domain on godaddy and I don't see any of this. I've logged into my account manager. See Domains and click on the manage button. When I click on manager I see: my domain name annd right under it i t reads
(My domain name) is just sitting there. Put it to work and under that is a green button that reads use my domain. I click on that and I get three choices: the only one that applies is connect to an existing site. I click on that and I get all these different web sites and social media or somewhere else. This is as far as I can go. I don't know what to type in.
grampamike Premium
Oh my. I have no idea what you got into. I have never seen those options. I'm not sure what the green button is but it sounds like that's not something to be clicking on.

When you open the domain manager then you should see your domain name in a grid type display. As you follow to the right of your domain is a grid cell called "lock." You need to edit that box to unlock your domain name.

Above these grid boxes is a row of icons. One is the "DNS" nameserver icon. That is the spot where you can make changes to where your domain points to.

Your mysterious green button is intriguing. Wish I had one of those. I'd click on it to see what it was all about.

Let me know if you still have problems. I'm happy to help. Also, sorry you had to wait so long for a reply. I was sick yesterday.
suzyq97439 Premium
Well I guess I'm at a loss. I will try to show you with screen shot photos the only steps/options I have.

Screen Shot 1: login screen - I log in
Screen Shot 2: after log in I go to my account in upper right hand corner and use pull down screen.
Screen Shot 3: pull down menu shows Quick Links - control panel links and I click on Manager my Domains
Screen Shot 4: I've clicked on manager my domains. This is were I get my domains (which is only one). Under my domain name is the GREEN button use my domain.
Screen Shot 5: i've clicked on use my domain and this is were I get 3 choices:
Build a new website
Set Up professional email
CONNECT TO AN EXISTING SITE - I click on the green button
And then I have the following options:
Social Sites
Online stores
Media sites
This is the only place I can see to type in to redirect to WA, however I can only type in the Primary Nameserver.
Primary Nameserver:
Secondary Nameserver:
Screen Shot 7: Once I type in the Primary Server name and enter I get: Confirm this is how you want your domain to connect.
It's at this point I stop since I'm not sure and all the other directions I've read regarding Godaddy doesn't match.
Ok, so that's it in a nut shell! Any redommendations!
suzyq97439 Premium
GrampaMike, I figured it out finally! Hope you're feeling better
AlexEvans Premium
Hi Mike
This is excellent stuff ,have been trying to shift a domain over from go daddy. The walk through is real good and easy to follow very helpful. Hopefully I can help you out some time . Classic
Gashaki Premium
Thanks Grampamike. Your post was refreshing to really helped me get my website up and running after days of looking for a tutorial of how to do it. Thanks. Love your sense of humor.
FRichardson Premium
Never mind I finally figured it out. I will attempt to do the switch later on tonight after I eat supper and watch a movie with my wife. she said I would like it. It's called, "Love Letter"
grampamike Premium
Love Letter? Hmmm, sounds interesting. I'll have to see if I can find it on Netflix.

I normally like to compose my articles at night so if you get stuck with pointing your domain then send me a direct message. Maybe between the two of us we can really foul things up.
NemiraB Premium
I wonder, if I transfer my domains from GoDaddy here, I will not pay their prices? I do have few of them, it means 3. I paid for 2 years before WA. I can host them here for free?
grampamike Premium
Anyone can transfer their domain to another registrar. WA recommends using the NameCheap registrar. I think it is a little less expensive than GoDaddy. I see no value in transferring my domain names (plural) from GoDaddy to someone else. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

No, moving your domain names to another registrar is not free including the NameCheap registrar. Perhaps you are thinking about sub-domains. You can create a website using a SiteRubix sub-domain for free as a premium member. You can have up to 25 free sub-domains and websites. You can have another 25 websites using your own domain name. I'm not sure why a person would want to create 50 websites. That's an awful lot of work. I use sub-domains to play around and experiment with sample websites.

In the early days, I did do domain transfers a few times. I finally realized I needed to pick one registrar and stick with it. It's up to you which registrar you use.
NemiraB Premium
Thank you for answer. I had in mind that I already bought from GoDaddy few domains before knowing what it is WA. I thought transfering them here would lower price for parking here, in WA, not in GoDaddy's place.
SStarrs Premium
This is a great checklist. Will bookmark this.
Thanks for sharing.
JewelCarol Premium
What a wonderful checklist to transfer godaddy domain to wa, this is very useful for me later when I transfer, I will bookmark this. :)
Dear Mike, thanks so much for a great blog post!! :)
genesispro Premium
Good to know, Mike! I don't have Godaddy but in the event that I do, I am all set! Thanks to you! Cheers!
CRawlings Premium
Wow! This will be very useful....and very funny.
grampamike Premium
If things hadn't changed at GoDaddy then I wouldn't have written this blog. I'd rather be sitting out front with my dog sipping on some beer.
Christabelle Premium
I am sure this will help a lot of people! :)
grampamike Premium
I figure an update wouldn't hurt.
Rich908 Premium
Great blog very helpful and great sense of humour
Prestones Premium
Excellent walk though GrandpaMike! For what it's worth, I understand that it could take as long as 8 hours for .com and .net domain names to propogate. Putting that differently, the change of address that you filed when you changed your nameservers takes time to register worldwide.

For whatever reason, all other domains (other than .com and .net) could take as long as 24 to 48 hours to propogate. My most recent move took about 6 or 7 hours for a .org domain.

Thanks again!
grampamike Premium
Oh, do I remember the old days. I'd do the transfer then wait. Run excitedly to my computer, type in the URL, nothing. More waiting. More running and checking. Wait, wait, wait until eventually I had to stop looking and go to bed. Ah, those were the good old days.

Something is different in the 21st century or perhaps I'm more patient, NOT, lol.

I have noticed things have begun to speed up. My recent switch of my domain only took maybe 10 minutes. I typed in and ta daaa, there I am. Well, not me but my website. How cool is that?

I've had similar experiences transferring to Weebly too.

Will wonders never cease.

p.s. I'm going to do a .org transfer tonight. I will keep a stop watch going this time.
Update: yep, 10 minutes to transfer to WA for and this time I was watching the clock ... lol
macey321 Premium
Great Training Tip grampamike. Thanks............Frank
JeanR Premium
Thanks Mike, I was wondering why my transfer did not go. I'll have to check in again....
Geoff-n-Jane Premium
We read this blog because we
Love your sense of humour.
We actually didn't go with GoDaddy,
we went with SuperCheap ... oops ... NameCheap.
grampamike Premium
SuperCheap (oops) NameCheap is just as good of a registrar as GoDeede (oops) GoDaddy. I began with GoDaddy many years ago so I'm familiar with how they work and how to make internal changes like domain pointing.
Timard Premium
Good info Gramp, we can all use this example in the future. Thanks.
JeanL Premium
Great walk-through! Thanks for sharing that!