How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Porkbun

So, you’ve got a domain at GoDaddy that you want to transfer to Porkbun. Let’s do it!

Potential showstoppers

Before we start, answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it to Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with GoDaddy for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another.

Did your domain expire recently, or is it about to expire? GoDaddy generally allows you 42 days once your domain expired to transfer domains to another registrar, but the exact figure varies by top-level domain. If it’s close, you may want to renew your domain with GoDaddy first before transferring it to Porkbun to prevent any interruption of service. Please note that domain transfers can take up to five days to complete. Please consult GoDaddy’s expired domain transfer policy or contact GoDaddy support for a definite answer about whether your expired domain will transfer in time.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Made it this far? Great! Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at GoDaddy is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your domain contact info at GoDaddy. Specifically, the email address associated with your “Administrator” contact must be correct in order for your domain transfer to go through. If you don’t know how to change your contact info, GoDaddy provides a guide to help you through the process.

⚠️  WARNING: If your email address is out-of-date, update it. However, if you change your Organization name (or your First or Last name if there is no organization listed), you won’t be able to transfer your domain to Porkbun for an additional 60 days.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain at GoDaddy. This guide shows you how.

…and the third and final step:

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Protected Registration service, cancel it.

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Private Registration service, cancel it.

Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) from GoDaddy to prove that you’re you. This guide shows you how to get your code. GoDaddy will email it to you within 24 hours to the email address listed under your “Administrator” contact.

Initiate the transfer

Once you’ve got your code, go to https://porkbun.com/transfer

Type in your domain to be transferred under Domain Name, then copy the authorization code from your email from GoDaddy and paste it into the Auth Code field. Hit Submit.

Once you’ve paid Porkbun, Porkbun and GoDaddy will both send you emails asking you to confirm the transfer. Find the Porkbun email and click the provided link to confirm the transfer. Then, find the GoDaddy email and follow the instructions to confirm the transfer on their end. If you don’t receive the email from GoDaddy fairly quickly, follow this guide to manually approve the transfer.

Now we play the waiting game…

Pat yourself on the back for making it this far! Now that you’ve initiated the transfer, it can take up to five business days for it to complete. You’ll know your domain has transferred over once it shows up in your Domain Management area. You can check on the status of pending transfers by logging into your Porkbun account, clicking your username in the upper right, and clicking Transfer Management.

Web hosting, etc.

Once your domain is transferred over, you may want to move over any hosted web content, connect your domain at an existing web hosting service, or build a site from scratch.

If GoDaddy provided your web hosting in addition to your domain hosting, we can help you move your hosted WordPress, wiki, etc. over to Porkbun. Email support@porkbun.com with the specifics of what you’re moving over and we’ll come up with a plan to make it work. Our pricing for traditional web hosting is available here.

If you want to build a site from scratch but aren’t a developer, Porkbun has partnered with Weebly to offer a free site builder that allows anyone to build beautiful, practical, responsive websites. We’re proud of our site builder, and we think you’ll like it. Did we mention it’s free?

Finally, if you just want your domain to connect to existing hosting service, we’ve got that covered as well! We offer guides that show how to quickly connect your Porkbun-hosted domain to Wix, Squarespace or Weebly, or pretty much any other hosted web service.

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