Transferring a domain name from one registrar to another should be easy, right? Just go to the new registrar, enter a code, and you're done, right? Unfortunately it's almost never that easy. Worse, it's easy to make a mistake and actually cause an outage for your entire domain, including your web site and email, simply because of the way some registrars handle domain transfers. Having a transfer take down your domain and cost you business is bad, but it can be avoided…
I've helped a lot of people transfer domain names from one registrar to another, and after doing it over and over again I've found that there is a fairly standard set of steps that, when followed, drastically reduce the chance for any downtime. Now I've put these steps together in a single page PDF that you can download and have at your side whenever you transfer a domain.
I've tried to make the PDF generic, so that it will work for the majority of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), like com, net, org, biz, info and the new TLDs. Transferring country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are not covered by this PDF since they are often different.
To download the PDF, go to https://dnsimple.com/how-to-transfer-without-downtime. If you are not a DNSimple customer then enter your email address and we will send you an email with the link to the PDF. If you are a DNSimple customer already, simply log in and you can download it immediately.
I hope you find this PDF useful and that it helps you avoid losing time and money and that it makes all of your transfers a breeze. As always, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need help.
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