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Domain Name FAQ

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Registrar Transfer  -  Transfer NOW

- What is a Registrar?
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What is a Registrant?
- What is a Registrar Transfer?
- Why would I want to initiate a Registrar Transfer?
- Are there any requirements for making a transfer?
- How long does a Registrar Transfer take?
- Is there any down time with the transfer?
- How much does a Registrar Transfer cost?
- If I transfer my domain before it expires will I lose the registered time that I have already paid for?
- Why is it neccessary that my administrative e-mail contact address is valid in my current registrar's database?
- What if the administrative contact is outdated at my Network Solutions account?
- How do I start the Registrar Transfer?
- Can I transfer any other TLD, beside *.com, *.net and *.org?
- What is the difference between a Registrar Transfer and transferring name servers?
- Is there any reason why a transfer would be rejected?

 


Q: What is a Registrar?

A: An entity that registers domain names in the DNS on behalf of registrants (i.e., domain name holders). Registrars have contractual agreements with their registrants and maintain the customer data for each of their registrants.

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Q: What is a Registrant?

A: The Registrant is the individual or organization to whom a specific domain name is registered to. This individual or organization is entitled to use that specific domain name for a specified period of time, provided certain conditions are met and the registration fees are paid. This person or organization is the "legal entity" bound by the terms of the Domain Name Registration Agreement.

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Q: What is a Registrar Transfer?

A: A Registrar Transfer is the process that occurs when the owner of a domain name wishes to move their domain name from their current Registrar into the control of a new Registrar.

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Q: Why would I want to initiate a Registrar Transfer?

A: There are many reasons. Maybe you are unhappy with your current Registrar due to the lack of service or features you receive. Maybe you have used multiple Registrars and would like to consolidate all of your domains under your favorite Registrar. When you transfer your domain name to Spunkyworld, you will also enjoy all of our free domain features. And that's a damn good reason :-))

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Q: Are there any requirements for making a transfer?

A: Yes, the requirements are as follows:

1) Your domain has been registered at least 60 days ago. All registrars are required to follow this in case there is a domain dispute.
2) Your domain name is not expired and will not expire within the next 15 days.
3) The remaining registration time of your domain is NOT exceeding 9 years.
4) The domain is not locked by the prior registrar. This can happen if the domain is in a dispute or law suit.
5) Only *.com, *.net or *.org domains can be transferred by us.
6) Your current administrative email contact information is current. Click here for more info.

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Q: How long does a Registrar Transfer take?

A: It may take anywhere from 5 - 14 days. 

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Q: Is there any downtime with the transfer?

A: No! Absolutely not!!! The transfer is seamless without any downtime.

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Q: How much does a Registrar Transfer cost?

A: The Registrar Transfer itself is free of charge. You are only charged for the years registration that is added to the end of the domain's current term.

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Q: If I transfer my domain before it expires will I lose the registered time that I have already paid for?

A: No! The Transfer will add one year to the original registration term. For example, if your domain is due to expire in 4 months, you can transfer it to us, and it will then expire in 1 year and 4 months.

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Q: Why is it neccessary that my administrative e-mail contact address is valid in my current registrar's database?

A: One of the most common reasons for Registrar Transfer to fail, is old or incorrect email address on administrative contact of your domain name with the current registrar.

Usually the losing Registrar will send email for security reasons to the admin contact address asking you to take action (confirm by replying to email or clicking a link in the email), otherwise the registrar transfer request would be declined by the losing Registrar.

If the admin contact's email address is outdated, you will not be able to receive the email, and there can be no confirmation, and thus, no transfer. You must update your admin contact's email address with your prior registrar first.

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Q: What if the administrative contact is outdated at my Network Solutions account?

A: Unfortunately the domain cannot be transferred until this is fixed. The Network Solution change information is found at: http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/makechanges/domain.mod

This may also require a fax authorization if the change cannot be approved via e-mail: https://www.netsol.com/en_US/makechanges/fax/contact.html

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Q: How do I start the Registrar Transfer?

A: Click here to create the Registrar Transfer application.

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Q: Can I transfer any other TLD, beside *.com, *.net and *.org?

A: No, sorry. Currently you can only perform a Registrar Transfer for the *.com, *.net and *.org TLD. While hosting of those other domain name extensions is NO problem. But you have to stay with the national domain name registry you have registered with.

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Q: What is the difference between a Registrar Transfer and transferring name servers?

A: A Registrar Transfer is the process that occurs when the owner of a domain name wishes to move their domain name from their current Registrar into the control of a new Registrar.

A name server is a computer that has the capability to translate, or resolve, the domain names we see and use in our browser windows into IP numbers. Name servers are most commonly provided by web hosts so a change in a web host generally results in the need to change/transfer name servers.

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Q: Is there any reason why a transfer would be rejected?

A: A domain is required to be with the current registrar for at least 60 days, and cannot have an expired or locked status and the remaining registration time can not exceed 9 years. These are the four common reasons a transfer would be rejected due to domain status. Each registrar may have it's own policy on waiting periods and should be consulted should a question arise.

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