Why would you move a domain? There are many reasons for this but let’s imagine the following. You were looking to register domains in bulk and ran across a nice offer from a registrar. Not much later, there was another offer from another registrar. Before you know it, you have a lot of domains you can offer your customers at very low rates, but you lost the overview of your stock. You don’t know exactly how much .com domains you still have, and where did you buy those cheap .vodkas again?
If you recognise this, then it’s a good idea to move domains to one and the same registrar. At Openprovider we make domain migration as easy as possible. The only thing easier would be to get your domain registration directly through us. But we won’t hold it against you if you weren’t aware of us yet. Now that you know that you can move your domain to a registrar that cares about the user experience, there’s nothing holding you back into growing your business.
How to move domain registrations to Openprovider
There are different rules for each TLD and with so many TLDs that we cover, we can’t go into detail about each and every one of them. If you are planning to move domains that aren’t all too common, make sure to check this page to see if a transfer is even possible. You’ll see by the way that most of them are transferable. To move domain registrations with a common TLD such as .com, we recommend watching this short video (just over a minute) and follow the instructions.
As indicated in our Knowledge Base, domain migration is something you can do yourself in seven simple steps.
- Go to Domain management > Transfer
- Now choose the domain you want to move. It must be a registered domain for you to be able to transfer it. Otherwise, you will get the error “The domain you want to transfer is free.”
- Click on Transfer this domain.
- When asked for, enter the authcode. Depending on the TLD, it might ask for an authorization code that you can only get from the current registrar. The “transfer on” option is when you want the migration to take place at a specific date. This is optional. If you leave it blank, the transfer will take place immediately.
Here you will also see the price of the transfer. Depending on the extension, this transfer will be free, this is mostly the case when the domain doesn’t get renewed. If you do have to pay, usually the domain is renewed.
- Add all the contacts: owner, administrative, and technical. If contacts are not created, can be created by clicking on the green arrow.
- Add the name servers you want to use. To use your own DNS, select “No nameserver group”. But you can also use the Openprovider name servers if you want.
- Once everything is completed, click on Start Transfer.
Please, keep in mind that due to the many different types of rules concerning domain name transfers it is not possible to make an article covering all possibilities. When in doubt you can consult our documentation about TLDs where we list the procedures for most TLDs we can offer. This documentation can be found here. Please note that you can also search in our knowledge base by simply typing the TLD in the search bar at the top of this page.
In general, a few things can happen when transferring a domain name.
A transfer code can be needed
The owner may have to approve of the transfer by clicking a link that is sent to them
Signed forms may be required
..procedures can differ
Check the TLD documentation for the domain in question to check what the procedures are. The documentation also tells you how long a transfer can take.
Move domain to registrar in bulk
If you own a lot of domains from the same extension, then you can move domains on a registry-registrar level. What are the benefits? First of all, it’s easy. You just sign a form, and that’s it. Your customers will never notice the transfer, so there’s no hussle in getting their approval. Another very important reason why domain transfers are interesting is the amount of money you can save with Openprovider. In general, you only pay one fee without losing the registration period.
Bulk transfers are not available for all registries. But they are for the following:
- SIDN (.nl domains)
- DNS Belgium (.be domains)
- EURid (.eu domains)
- Nominet (.uk / .co.uk domains)
- .com, .net, .name, .jobs (Verisign): 1/12 of a domain’s price per domain with a minimum of $5.000 per extension per current registrar
- .fr (AFNIC): €2,- per domain with a minimum of €1.000; personalized quotes possible for higher volumes
- .in (NIXI): minimum number of domains is 50; free of charge up to 10.000 domains; above 10.000 domains the migration fee is INR 10.000.
- .it (NIC IT): € 0,50 per domain with a minimum of €500,-
- .lu (DNS LU): only available when closing your registrar account (only full portfolio consolidations); free of charge
- .me: one-time costs around €1.000
- .pl (NASK): PLN 1,00 per domain with a minimum amount of PLN 4.000 and a maximum amount of PLN 50.000
- .pt (DNS PT): free of charge
- .us (Neustar): $0,20 per domain with a minimum of $1.000
- gTLDs (other than .com, .net, .name and .jobs): it depends on the registry whether or not bulk transfers are supported; costs are normally starting at $ 5.000 per TLD