– is a name which uniquely identifies a computer or an IP address on the internet
– has to be registered through a Domain Name Registrar
– every domain name has a suffix known as TLD (Top Level Domain), for example in the domain ‘wakish.info‘, the TLD is ‘.info’
– Other famous TLD are: .com, .net, .org, .us ..etc
Let’s get to our subject now..
=> You have a domain registered at registrar X
=> You have chosen registrar Y to be your new registrar
When you click on “Domain Transfer” at Y, you will be asked these 2 details:
1) Domain Name (the domain you want to transfer)
2) Transfer Auth Code (This code is found on your admin panel for registrar X for that domain)
You just have to provide these 2 details and then make your payment. Afterwards, there is a process involved betweem both registrars:
– Y will email you saying that ‘he’ has contacted X for verification and permission details for the transfer and that this process is given a 5 days delay.
– When X receives response from Y, he immediately sends an Email to the domain owner (in this case, you) asking whether you want to go forward with this transfer or whether you want to cancel it. If yes, you just have to click on the ‘verifcation link’ sent on that email itself. Now, both parties (X and Y) will respond back to each other and registrar X will now have to ‘himself’ confirm to Y that he agrees to the tansfer. Thus the transfer is made within 5 days. In case of a failure, the domain remains at X.
=> Transfer Auth Code is also at times referred to as “Transfer Secret” or “EPP Auth Code”
=> Each domain has its own unique code
=> You must make sure that domain transfer is “unlocked” or “enabled” by your registrar X
=> In those 5 days delay, you will notice that your site url (aka domain name) is not accessible at some different time intervals – this is because X will temporarily lock your domain name until the transfer is done.