How to Transfer Domain Name from HostGator to GoDaddy? I’ve recently moved my domain name from HostGator to GoDaddy. I know domain transfer always sounds so technical and scary to do that’s why I’m sharing here, how I’ve done it easily and correctly without downtime.
This article is about moving a domain name (example.com) to a new registrar and it is different with migrating a website to a new host or a new server. Just to avoid confusion, I will also discuss that topic on a separate web page.
Why Transfer Domain Name?
Many moons ago, I bought a domain name from Hostgator with a web hosting plan package. Eventually, I migrated to a new web hosting because my website was growing so fast. Traffic spikes would break down my server. I decided to upgrade from a simple VPS to a Managed WordPress Cloud Hosting.
My website has improved in terms of Search Engine Optimization and speed ever since I moved to Managed Cloud Hosting. The security was robust as well. However, DNS control had no direct access as I had to contact HostGator every time I change or edit something at my DNS settings and zone file editor.
While the web evolves faster, I know that having direct access with my DNS settings will make everything convenient for my websites. I have been using Godaddy for many domain names now and I like how I can easily manage my DNS Zone File Editor. So I decided to move my domain name to Godaddy.
Hostgator is also a good registrar but I just want to manage multiple domains in one host for easy monitoring.
Before You Transfer Your Domain Name to a New Registrar
According to ICANN’s (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) policy about domain name transfer:
Domains can be transferred almost any time. However, ICANN prohibits domain transfers within 60 days of registration or prior transfer.”
How to Transfer Domain Name from HostGator to GoDaddy
- Make sure your domain name is unlocked with Hostgator
- Get an authorization code from Hostgator (this is also known as EPP code or transfer key)
- Make a domain name transfer order from Godaddy.
- Enter your authorization code
- Confirm if your contact information (administrator’s account information) is correct
- Select your domain privacy options.
- Wait for 5 to 7 days about the status of your domain name transfer.
The process is simple. I did the steps above when transferring my domain name from Hostgator to Godaddy. After the transfer was completed, I updated my DNS A record and nameservers with my new host. Once the DNS has propagated worldwide, I installed Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate for my website.
Can Domain Name Transfer Cause Downtime?
Domain name transfer will not cause any downtime. However, if you update DNS A record and if you will force your site to use HTTPS (SSL Certificate), DNS propagation might cause some access errors from some browsers like Firefox and Chrome.
My advice is to update the DNS A Record during low traffic times to avoid less access errors when DNS is propagating. This effort will result a seamless transfer.
Advantages of Domain Name Transfer
Domain name transfer has many benefits including:
- Easy domain monitoring
- Straightforward DNS management
- Quick domain access
Disadvantages of Domain Name Transfer
- It will take around 5 to 7 days to complete
- It should be done carefully and accurately
How to Transfer Domain Name to a New Host
Usually, the same process applies when transferring domain name to a new host like Wix, Squarespace, Namecheap and WordPress.