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Transferring Your Domain Names

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How to Transfer your Domain Name to Blacknight

Not satisfied with your current registrar’s offering? Blacknight is happy to assist you in moving your domain to our services.

The methods of transfer vary for different types of domain. Please take a moment to review the instructions below for the type of domain you wish to transfer.

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.

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.

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Domain Transfer Notes

Please be aware that different hosting providers may have different directory structures, so your website code may require some modification to work after the transfer.

Most databases can be easily transferred from your old hosting provider to us, but we will have to change the database details, including the database name, the usernames & the passwords. As such, modifications will have to be made to your website’s code.

The migration of website files and data from an existing hosting provider to Blacknight is the sole responsibility of the client. We can however supply our professional services for this purpose and our Sales Team will happily provide a quote for this.

  • We highly recommend an appropriate testing period after you have transferred a domain to us.
  • Be aware that the transfer of domains can take some time to fully complete.
  • .ie domains typically transfer within 48 hours.
  • .com domains can take up to 7 days in some cases
  • .co.uk can take a little as one day to transfer, but you should allow up to 7 days.
  • You cannot transfer com/net/org/info/biz domains until they are 60 days old.
  • Blacknight Solutions cannot be held responsible for delays in transfers due to errors made by third parties

Transferring a domain between accounts

In order to transfer a domain between accounts please see the following article Moving a domain between accounts

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Transferring .com / .ie / .net / .org / .info / .biz / .mobi / .tv domains

    The following is the process for transferring a .com / .ie / .net / .org / .info  / .biz / .mobi / .tv.

    In order to avoid any issues, please ensure that you initiate the transfer as far in advance as possible. Blacknight recommend transferring your domain at least a month prior to the 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.

    • Contact your current provider. If you do not have access to the email address associated with the domain you wish to transfer, you will need to update this. You will then need to request that they unlock the domain for transfer and provide you with an “authorisation key” or “EPP code”.
    • Complete you order through the transfer box above.
    • Please ensure that you check the email address for the domain daily (including your Junk Mail folder). Blacknight’s registrar will send an email to this address to verify the transfer request; you must respond to this.
    • If you have any queries or concerns regarding the progress of your transfer, please do not hesitate to contact Blacknight’s sales@blacknight.com.

    If you are moving from an ISP such as Eircom, Esat or UTV, please ensure that any billing issues are resolved with the ISP before you request the transfer, as this can result in delays. The larger Irish ISPs and hosting companies will respect requests for domain transfers to other companies provided that no such issues exist.

    In the case of domains registered through Joker, you will need to initiate the transfer process from within the Joker control panel.

    If you are having issues getting the Authcode from your current registrar for your .ie transfer you can send a direct request to the IEDRs Registration Services Team by email (registrations@iedr.ie) – the team will generate the code on your behalf.  The 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.

    Important note: Domains cannot be transferred between registrars until the domain is 60 days old.

    Transfer a .IE domain name to Blacknight

    Transfer a gTLD domain name (e.g. .COM, .NET, .ORG etc) to Blacknight

  • Transferring .co.uk / .me.uk / .org.uk domains

    To transfer a .co.uk / .me.uk / .org.uk domain, do the following:

    • Contact your current hosting company, requesting that they change the current Registrant’s Agent Tag (IPS Tag) to ours: BLACKNIGHT-IE. Generally this will go through without any issue, however if it does not, due to inactivity or unwillingness on behalf of your current hosting provider, you can request that Nominet initiate the change for you.
    • Once the tag has been changed to us, you can update your nameservers via your Control Panel. You will receive a confirmation email once the domain is transferred/completed.

    Note: If you have also purchased a hosting package and are transferring your existing website, please refer to our notes on domain migration

    Transfer a .CO.UK, .ME.UK, .ORG.UK, or .UK domain name to Blacknight

  • Transferring .Eu Domains

    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.

    Transfer a .EU domain name to Blacknight

  • How Do I Transfer a gTLD Domain Name (.COM, .NET etc) to Blacknight?

    gTLD stands for generic Top-Level Domains. These include long-established domains such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO .BIZ, .MOBI, and .TV, as well as hundreds of newer gTLDs which have emerged in recent years. If you have a gTLD domain name registered with another domain registrar, you can transfer it to Blacknight by following the procedure outlined in this support article.