How to transfer a domain to Freedom Host USA

This article provides the information you need to transfer a domain from another registrar to Freedom Host USA.

Transferring a domain

If you already have a domain name registered with another web hosting company or domain registrar, you can transfer it to Freedom Host USA. When you transfer a domain, its billing and administration also move to Freedom Host USA.

 

You cannot transfer a domain to Freedom Host USA if you do not own the domain. Also, Freedom Host USA cannot transfer some types of top-level domains (particularly international domains). However, even if we cannot transfer the domain, you can still use Freedom Host USA as your hosting provider. Instead of transferring the entire domain, you can update the domain's name server settings to point to Freedom Host USA. 

 

Ensuring a smooth transfer

You can start the domain transfer process when you first sign up as a Freedom Host USA customer, or at a later time as an existing customer. In either case, to make sure the transfer process goes as smoothly as possible:

  • The domain must be unlocked. If you need assistance unlocking your domain, contact the domain's current registrar.
  • The domain's contact information must be current. A domain name record contains an Administrative Contact and a Technical Contact. Both of these contacts can be the same person, but at least one of them should be you. When a domain transfer request is initiated, the Administrative Contact and Technical Contact are notified by e-mail.
    Additionally, if your domain has WHOIS privacy protection enabled, you should temporarily disable it before the migration. Doing this helps ensure that you receive the domain transfer verification e-mail message.
  • You must obtain an EPP (Extensible Provisioning Protocol) code from the current registrar or hosting company. This code is an identifying number for the domain that indicates you are authorized to transfer it. In some cases, there may be a time delay between when the domain is initially registered and when it can be transferred.
    If you are unsure what your EPP code is, or how to find it, contact the domain's current registrar. The EPP code may also be called an EPP key, an AuthInfo code, a transfer secret, or something similar.

 

When you initiate the domain transfer process, Freedom Host USA sends a domain transfer request to the domain's Administrative and Technical contacts. The amount of time to complete the domain transfer depends in large part on how quickly these contacts approve the transfer request. If the Administrative or Technical contact approves the authorization promptly, the domain may be transferred in as little as 2 to 4 days.

Transferring a non-United States domain

If you have a non-United States domain name (such as .co.uk or .org.uk), some additional steps may be required to transfer the domain. For example, .uk domain transfers are a “push and pull” process. You must initiate a transfer request with Freedom Host USA and submit a request to the losing (current) registrar. In your request to the losing registrar, ask them to retag the domain name to the IPS-TAG ENOM.

For other non-United States domain names, please contact your registrar for information about how to transfer your domain.

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