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How to transfer a domain name?

It’s often the case that people will purchase their desired domain before they even begin the website design process or purchase a hosting plan. If you wish to have your website hosted with a company like bluehost.com (recommended) and the domain name is registered elsewhere, you can either point the domain name to the host company’s servers (e.g. ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com) and keep your registration where it is — or you can transfer the domain registration to the new hosting company.

The process of transferring a domain name has many steps (to protect you from anyone other than you doing it). Essentially, you:

  • contact your domain registrar for an EPP code to transfer the domain
  • initiate the transfer process in your hosting account’s control panel (there’ll be a “transfer domain” link to follow)
  • enter the EPP authorization code your registrar has given you
  • open your email to get the admin verification code that will be sent to the owner of the email address on file (you) and enter that in the field that will appear for the admin verification code

After that it’s simple to complete the transfer. Mostly you can go ahead without checking any optional extras, but if you don’t want to be sent scam and spam emails from people trying to get you to pay for registration again or to order overblown seo services, you may want to check “the “privacy protection” option. New domains seem to attract a lot of scammers and every website gets seo offers (with dire warnings), all the time.