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Transferring your domains doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re not satisfied with your current domain registrar’s offerings then Blacknight is happy to assist you in moving your domain to our services.
The methods of transfer vary for different types of domains. Please take a moment to review the instructions below for the type of domain you wish to transfer.
Before beginning the domain transfer process – please check off this list to make sure you’re ready and have all the information you need.
Please note that ‘transferring a domain’ means moving the billing of a domain name ONLY. This does not transfer your email accounts or website content or automatically update the DNS. For more information, please read our Guide to Moving Hosting Provider. If you would like to also transfer your email and website, please speak to our sales team so we can facilitate this for you.
Please be aware that the transfer of domains can take some time to fully complete. Blacknight cannot be held responsible for delays in transfers due to errors made by third parties.
Ready to get the process started?
Here are some tips to make sure that your domain transfer to Blacknight goes smoothly:
In order to transfer a domain between Blacknight billing accounts please see the following article: Moving a domain between accounts
To transfer a .IE domain, you need an Authcode from your current registrar. It’s pretty easy to get and should be in your domain management dashboard. If you are having issues getting the Authcode from your current registrar for your .ie transfer you can request a new one from https://console.iedr.ie/index.php?r=authcodePortal/request. The new Authcode will be sent directly to the email address assigned to the Admin Contact on the domain name. Please note that the IEDR will not give out Authcodes by telephone.
Transferring a domain is a very easy process. We recommend planning ahead to ensure that you initiate the transfer as far in advance as possible from your domain renewal date.
You will first need to ensure that your domain’s listed details are correct, in particular the email address. You must have access to the domain’s admin contact email address to complete the transfer.
Important note: Domains cannot be transferred between registrars until the domain is 60 days old.
To transfer a .uk / .co.uk / .me.uk / .org.uk domain, do the following:
Note: If you have also purchased a hosting package and are transferring your existing website, please refer to our notes on domain migration
Enter your .EU domain name above to initiate the transfer process.
Please note: If you are making significant changes to the domain holder contact details EURid will consider this to be a “trade”.
EU domain transfers DO NOT add a year to the registration period. The registration period of one year is reset when the transfer completes.
You will need an EPP code to do a .EU transfer.
No, in most cases, when you transfer, you get another year added to your current registration term. Some extensions, like .EU do not add a year and your domain will expire when it was originally scheduled to.
Blacknight will notify you via the registrar contact email when the transfer is completed. You will also usually receive an email from your old registrar that a domain has been transferred out.
Yes, you will need to make sure you update your nameserver and DNS records after the transfer. You should immediately update your nameservers to Blacknight’s free domain nameserver hosting, and then update your DNS records to ensure continuity of service for your website, email and other services that use the domain. Your previous domain nameserver provider will eventually shut off your nameserver access (how long varies by provider).
In most cases, you can during the registrar’s domain renewal grace period. If it’s beyond the grace period and the domain has been ‘dropped’ then you cannot transfer it because you no longer own it.
No, as your nameservers and DNS records won’t change right away. If you don’t update your DNS records with us, then yes, your website and email could eventually break. It’s important to check your email and make sure you update your nameservers to Blacknight and then change DNS records as soon as the transfer is done. DNS settings will not be ported in the transfer (make note of them all before you start the transfer!).
Yes, of course. Transferring a domain only transfers the billing service for whom you have the domain registered with. You can continue to point your website and email to whichever provider works best for you.
It depends on the domain extension and the systems of the registrar losing the domain. Some transfers take less than a day, some transfers can take up to a week.
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