When you first register your domain name, you purchase the registration through a domain name registrar. Often the registrar is affiliated with your hosting company or ISP, or it may even be the same company.
Many people stick with the same registrar for the lifetime of their domain(s). However, sometimes you want or need to transfer your domain registration to a different registrar. For example:
- You want to save money. Most registrars offer essentially the same service for wildly differing prices, ranging from a few dollars per year up to $50/year or more. By moving registrars you can save a lot of money in the long run, particularly if you own several domains.
- You’re not happy with your current registrar. Maybe your registrar’s customer service doesn’t meet your needs, or there has been some problem with your registration, and you want to move to a more reliable registrar.
- Your current registrar is going out of business. This does happen! If your registrar is going bankrupt then obviously you’ll need to move your domain to a different registrar.
There are hundreds of registrars in operation today. If you haven’t yet selected a new registrar, find out how to choose one in the “Registering a domain name” section of How to Set Up Your Own Domain Name.
If you’ve chosen a new registrar and you’re ready to transfer your domain, this step-by-step tutorial walks you through the process. Read on!