How to Transfer Domain From GoDaddy to SiteGround Hosting
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There are a lot of things involved when starting an online business and I know how difficult it might be to manage everything. Different logins details, different expiration dates and etc. At first, you might think that it’s not much of a big deal, but in time you will realize how much time you are wasting managing these accounts and searching for your credentials. Especially if you have a couple of different sites.
That’s why it’s best to keep things under one roof.
GoDaddy is one of largest companies for domain registration and hosting. As much as I don’t like them as a hosting, I sometimes use them for domain names.
In this detailed tutorial, I will show you how to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to SiteGround hosting.
The process starts with your GoDaddy account:
What to do Before you Transfer Domain from GoDaddy
The actual domain transfer is requested from the company you are transferring to. In my case from GoDaddy to SiteGround Hosting. But before you initiate the process from your hosting account there are a couple of things you need to do on GoDaddy’s end.
Make Sure the Name Servers Are Correct
The domain transfer process takes between 5 and 7 business days to be completed. During that time you won’t be able to make any changes to the Name Servers of the domain you are transferring, that’s why you need to be sure your domain is pointed to the correct DNS zone.
Access your GoDaddy account > Under section domains click Manage:
Click on the domain you want to transfer away from GoDaddy:
Under the section Nameservers click Manage:
Click on Custom > Add the Name Servers provided from SiteGround Hosting (they send them via email when you create an account with them) > Save the changes:
Two more things to do, while you are under this section.
In order to transfer your domain to SiteGround hosting, the actual domain should be under Unlock status, meaning suitable for transfer.
Under section Lock > click Manage > Off:
Also, you need to obtain your EPP code. It’s also known as authorization code and it’s needed to transfer the domain to another registrar.
Click on Authorization Code > Email my code > Make sure you have access to the administrative email:
Here is how the email with the authorization code from GoDaddy will look like:
Extra tip: If you also purchased ID protection when registering your domain name you will need to disable it for the time being. The Off button will be visible in the manage screen here, just change it to off.
Once all of the changes above are done, proceed to these steps:
Request Domain Transfer from SiteGround Hosting
We are all set on GoDaddy’s end to transfer our domain name to SiteGround Hosting. The only thing that is left now is to initiate the process from inside your SiteGround hosting account.
Access your hosting account:
Inside manage my account section, click on Domain transfer > Begin transferring your domain > Begin walkthrough > and the first step will be to check if the domain name is available for transfer. Type your domain name and click check availability:
If you followed all the steps above a green check box will appear saying that the domain is Ok to be transferred:
Like we discussed above, the ID protection of the domain name must be disabled for the time being (if any). The transfer process in SiteGround hosting will require you to confirm that:
During the domain transfer process, the Name Servers cannot be changed. This it’s why you must be 100% sure the domain points to the correct settings. The InMotion checker will also ask you to confirm that:
The next step will ask for the Authorization code (EPP code), the one you got from GoDaddy. Copy and paste the code into the box inside this screen to continue:
One of the last checks is to see verify you have access to the administrative email address connected with the domain name. The domain transfer process cannot be finished without access to this email. Simply verify that you have access to the email shown here to proceed:
All of the checks are made and now it’s left to complete the order:
Enter your domain name > If your plan comes with free domain transfer you will still need to add payment information to prevent your domain name from expiring. If the transfer is free the credit card won’t be charged > The privacy is optional > Review the request, agree with the terms and complete the order process:
Wait! It’s not over yet! 🙂
Yes, there is one final step.
Once you complete the order check your email and make sure to whitelist all emails @melbourneit.com.au, or simply check also your spam folders in the next 3 days.
You will receive domain transfer confirmation on the administrative email of the domain name.
It will look something like this:
By clicking on the link you will be redirected to another page. Add your name, agree with the terms and type your EPP code. Here it will say password but it’s actually the authorization code that was sent from GoDaddy:
Click on proceed with the transfer to complete the process.
Keep in mind that the actual domain transfer will take around 5-7 business days. During that time your site should work flawlessly with no interruption.
The steps are pretty much the same with all hosting companies, the only difference is the location of the EPP code button and the domain transfer request section.
This is it. It’s a bit complicated. Especially if you are doing this for the first time. However, I am sure when following the steps above you will be able to handle it.
As I mentioned in the beginning, It’s best to keep everything on one account. Sure, If you find huge discounts on new domain names it’s always a good idea to get one if you need it of course.
However, transferring it to your active hosting account it’s the best decision in a long term. Also, most of the hosting companies will add one extra year to the expiration date of your domain name. For example, if the current expiration date of the domain name is 07.03.2018 it will be updated to 07.03.2019.
Where did you purchase your domain name from? Comment below if you need extra help on how to transfer a domain from GoDaddy: