How to transfer a domain from Porkbun to another registrar

Transferring a domain to another registrar? Before you go, we’d love it if you took a moment to read “Why Porkbun is actually the best deal around.” You might be surprised at the answer!

Still want to transfer your domain away?

Let’s do it!

Before we start, please 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 away from Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with Porkbun 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. Please keep in mind that if you become dissatisfied with your new registrar, you’ll need to wait 60 days to transfer your domain back to Porkbun for the same reason.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at Porkbun is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your contact info. The registrar you’re transferring to will require that the contact info attached to your domain have an up-to-date email address. To change it, log into Porkbun and from the Domain Management console, locate your domain. To the right of the domain, find and click the gear icon. Select “Contacts.”

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Verify that the email address on file is correct. If it’s not, change it. If you’re setting contact types individually, make sure the email address is current for both the Registrant and Administrative contact. Once your info is current, click Submit to apply your changes and return to the Domain Management console.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain.

This one’s easy: click the green locked padlock icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to unlock the domain. Say yes. The green padlock icon appears is replaced by a grey unlocked padlock icon to indicate that the domain is unlocked and ready to transfer.

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…and the third and final step:

Turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click the green sunglasses icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click OK. The green sunglasses icon is replaced by a grey regular-glasses icon to indicate that WHOIS privacy is turned off.

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Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) to prove that you’re you. From your Domain Management console, click the gear icon and select “Transfer Auth Code.” screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-52-46-am

A window will pop up with your key.

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Initiate the transfer

In another tab or window, connect to your new registrar and begin the process of transferring over your domain. When asked for your authorization code, copy and paste in the code you generated in the previous step.

Once you’ve paid your new registrar, they’ll send you an email to confirm the transfer.

We’re sorry to see you go!

Hey, we’re sorry it didn’t work out. No hard feelings. If you are ever dissatisfied with your new registrar, or you just miss us, it’s easy to transfer your domain back to Porkbun. In most cases any months of registration you purchased at the other registrar will automatically added to your Porkbun account upon your return! We’ll miss you in the meantime, though.

Arrivederci!

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.

Why does TLD pricing vary?

A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the last part of a domain name, such as .com, .net, .edu.  Very recently, many new TLDs have become available, including options such as .design, .basketball, .ink and .dentist.  Each TLD is run by a company called a “registry” and with all the new TLDs there are lots of new registries.  Registries are allowed to set pricing for names sold within their TLD and thus, there is now a wide variety of pricing.  Below is an explanation of some of the different pricing strategies:

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