Let’s say you already have a great domain name, but you’re not happy with your domain registrar. Don’t worry, you can transfer your domain to another registrar. So how do you figure out if transferring is right for you? Here are a few things to consider.
Not all domain registrars are the same. From the features they provide to how reliable they are, there’s a lot more to registrars than just selling you names. If you’re not satisfied with your registrar, the good news is that you’re not locked in. You can make a switch anytime.
1. FeaturesEvery registrar offers a suite of features and services, such as privacy protection, web hosting, and email. If you don’t have all the features you want with your current registrar, you may wish to take advantage of a better package offered by a different registrar.
In addition to comparing features, it’s also important to look at how the features and services are priced and implemented:
2. PriceLook critically at the price structure of your domain registrar, because each one is different. Some registrars might charge extra fees for services you consider critical, while others may offer the same services at no additional charge. Some may offer a low price for the first year, but then have much higher renewal rates. If your domain registrar is charging you more than you would be charged elsewhere, you may want to look for a less expensive registrar.
But remember: Price alone may not justify transferring your domain. Saving a few dollars per year on a domain name is much less valuable than having a domain registrar that suits your needs. Before making a transfer, consider the pros and cons of each registrar.
3. Changing ownershipIf you need to change the ownership of your domain (either from you to another person, or another person to you), you’ll need to do a domain transfer. For example, if an employee registered your domain under a personal account, you may want to transfer the domain to an account maintained by your business. In some cases, you may choose to transfer to another registrar at the same time you transfer ownership.
4. How to transfer safely and easilyWith so many registrars out there, it’s very easy to transfer your domain. While every registrar’s transfer process is different, they all have some useful features in common to ensure that transfers are safe and secure:
The technical details involved in a transfer can seem overwhelming, but many registrars have excellent online help articles that can walk you through the process. At Google Domains, we make it super easy by guiding you through each step with simple instructions.
Thinking about transferring your domain to Google Domains? Visit domains.google today to learn more and click Transfer a domain you already own to get started.