Transfer Domains to Reclaim Hosting

 

Reclaim Hosting allows you to host any domain registered with external companies by updating the nameservers for your domain to point to our servers. However there are plenty of instances where you may want to transfer a domain registration to Reclaim Hosting and manage it here, either as an included domain with your signup or if you have additional domains and just want to consolidate your hosting and domain registrations in one place with us. Transferring domains can be a complicated process due to the many checks and balances in place to prevent domain hijacking, however we're here to help and this guide will walk you through the steps required to transfer a domain to Reclaim Hosting.

Note: Domain Transfers can take up to 7 days to complete so you should always begin this process well in advance of your domain expiring to prevent complications. Expired domain names can not be transferred to another registrar.

Requirements and Process

In order to transfer a domain to another registrar the domain must be at least 60 days old and unlocked with WHOIS privacy disabled. Where these settings are vary greatly depending on your provider. Screenshots in this tutorial are taken from Reclaim Hosting’s client area however here are specific guides for some of the more popular domain registrars...

Unlock Your Domain

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By default domain registrations have a transfer lock in place that will need to be disabled. If your domain is less than 60 days old you will not be able to disable the transfer lock and will need to wait to transfer your domain out. Make sure your domain is unlocked in order for the transfer to proceed.

Disable Domain Privacy

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Domain privacy (also known as WHOIS Protection or ID Protect) prevents the domain contact information from being public. This prevents our registrar from sending the necessary approval emails to the domain owner to approve the transfer. Please temporarily disable domain privacy to ensure you get the appropriate confirmation emails for the transfer. During the domain transfer ordering process at Reclaim Hosting you’ll have the option of adding ID Protect to the domain again.

Verify Domain Contact Information

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In order to get the verification emails necessary to approve the transfer please verify with your domain registrar that your contact information (specifically the Admin email contact) is correct.

Request an EPP Code

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Also known as an authorization code, the EPP code is a secret password that is used as part of the ordering process to verify you own the domain. You’ll need the EPP code in order to place a domain transfer order with Reclaim Hosting. If your EPP code changes you can always contact support@reclaimhosting.com and we can update an existing transfer order.

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