One of the most common questions we are asked is how to transfer a domain name to GoDaddy. The video below provides a really good explanation of the process. While most domain name transfers to GoDaddy are fairly simple there a few important things to note below.
- BOTH PARTIES MUST APPROVE: Both parties (the buyer and seller) must now typically approve any change in registrant. It’s common for a domain name transfer to get stuck simply because one of the parties has not approved a “registrant change” notification email.
- CONTACT CHANGE (60 DAY LOCK): Domain names can be locked for 60 days for a number of reasons, especially if you make any registrant changes. Some registrars may allow you to opt out of this lock period when updating domain name contacts however many do not. Please be very careful of making changes before moving a domain name.
- CHECK NAMESERVERS: Once a domain name is successfully transferred (to GoDaddy or any registrar) its important to check the DNS (domain name servers). This is critical for domain names you are not planing to use right away you since by default the domain name may resolve to a page of ad units. While rare, this can compromise your rights to a domain name if other parties have trademark claims.