You can easily lose yourself when it comes down to online services. Especially when you’re starting your own online business. You need a hosting account. Domain name. WordPress themes and a couple of plugins depending on your project. The more services you use the more accounts you will have.
Believe me, it’s hard to manage throughout all the login details, accounts, pages, expiration dates, and accordingly, payments if the service you’re using is a paid one. But you know, I’m sure you do. We’re constantly bombarded by different providers who claim that their product is better and that we should purchase their service.
Here I’m going to show you how to transfer domain from GoDaddy to Siteground. Something which will slightly decrease the amount of accounts you’re using.
Keeping everything together and having fewer accounts, when possible, is probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. You save time and you save mental space. You no longer have to remember two user areas and two expiration dates, you will have everything under one spot and you will manage it better.
Before I tell you how to move your domain, let me explain why.
Why Transfer Your Domain From GoDaddy to SiteGround?
The main reason people purchase domains from GoDaddy is this one: they offer cheap domain names. Not always, but sometimes they have cool promotions where you can register a domain name for a single dollar for the first year. They’re a domain registrar. Meaning, they can afford selling domains on lower initial prices. So, if you’ve purchased a domain name from them on a discounted rate, good for you. Still, keep in mind that after the first year the prices are pretty much the same as every other domain and hosting provider. So, you can move it to your hosting if it’s elsewhere.
Ok, the next logical question is this: Why SiteGround? Well, because they’re one of the best WordPress hosts out there, period. There are a lot of reasons why you should choose them for your hosting: Their support is outstanding. Their servers are blazing fast. They offer free SSL’s. Backups. SSD hard drives. Tutorials. Basically, everything you need to have a fast site.
SiteGround is my recommended host and I do hope you check them out.
What to do Before you Transfer Domain from GoDaddy
Before you even think of transferring your domain name, make sure you’re satisfied with where your domain name is pointing to. I mean, make sure your DNS is pointed to the correct Name Servers.
To do so, you can go to an online tool. For example, DNSwatch and check where your domain name is pointing to:
If you want to change your Name Servers before moving the domain from GoDaddy, access your account, click on manage right next to the domain name you want to transfer:
Scroll down till you see Manage DNS section. Under Name Server Section, click change:
Edit or add new Name Servers:
Keep in mind that every DNS change triggers a global propagation that’s between 24 to 72 hours. Sometimes it’s even only a couple of minutes. This means that your website probably won’t be accessible for the mentioned period.
The reasons I’m mentioning this is simple: you won’t be able to change your DNS settings when the transfer took place. A domain transfer usually takes between 5 and 7 days. So, for the period of approximately 7 days, you won’t be able the change your Name Servers. So, make sure your domain name is pointed to where you want to.
Request Domain Transfer from GoDaddy to SiteGround- Steps
Domain transfers are composed from 5 steps:
Unlock your domain name – set status Active.
Disable ID protection.
Make sure you have access to the admin email address.
Request the EPP code – also called Authorization code.
Order the domain transfer from SiteGround with the above information.
Verify the domain transfer.
When transferring a domain name, the first step is always to access the place you’ve purchased your domain name. In my case, I need to access my GoDaddy account.
1. Disable Domain Lock
I go to GoDaddy.com and I click Sign In:
See what domain name you will be transferring and click on Manage button:
Scroll down till you see a couple of options. Common mistake when transferring domain from GoDaddy to any other service is the section called: “Transfer domain away from GoDaddy:”
They tried to make a step-by-step wizard for transferring a domain away but it’s not my favorite option. To be honest, I’ve never used this section and it’s quite difficult to be used from the regular customer.
So, don’t click on the “Transfer domain away from GoDaddy” link, instead, see where it says domain lock and click on Edit:
A radio button will appear:
You need to turn it off. Like this:
It will say that is pending. Keep in mind that it might take a few hours this change to take effect.
2. Disable ID Protection
If you’ve purchased ID protection for your domain name, you need to disable it before you request the transfer to SiteGround. To do so, you need to again click on the Manage button and stop the protection from inside this page:
It should be somewhere here. I don’t buy privacy for my domain names and I don’t know where the actual switch is, still, I believe it should be somewhere on this page.
3. Access To The Admin Email
In order to finish the domain transfer, you need to be absolutely sure that you have access to the admin email for that domain name. You will have to verify the transfer on that domain name once the process is started.
If you’re not sure what’s your email, you can see on again under the Manage Domain page. You will see the email under Contact Information page and you can easily change it:
4. Request EPP Code
The EPP code is also called Authorization code. You will need this code to request the domain transfer and later to verify it.
Once again, this is something that you can obtain from the Manage Section of your domain name:
Once you click the link, you will see this message and the code will be sent to your email address:
Ok, your 50% done. You now have everything you need from your GoDaddy account, the next step will be to access your SiteGround account and order the domain transfer.
5. Request The Transfer from SiteGround
Ok, you have the code and your domain name is prepared for transfer. Acess your SiteGorund account from their main page and navigate to the Add services section:
Scroll a bit down till you see the domain transfer button:
Type your domain name and select the extension from the drop-down. As you will see, the expiration date of your domain will be extended with 1 year and you can also get free ID protection for the first year. Keep in mind that these bonuses are different depending on your domain extension. I mean, not every domain gets free domain renewal. This is only for some of the domain names:
I forgot my Domain Status ON and this is what I got:
A quick trip back to my GoDaddy account and I’m back on track. The next page will ask for the EPP code. The one we obtained in the previous steps and also confirmation that we have access to the admin email:
Add your payment information, check your address and click Pay now to complete the order.
6. Verify the Domain Transfer
It’s not over yet. There is one more thing you need to do.
There is a verification email sent to your admin email address. That’s why it’s so important to have access. Go to your email and search for something looking like this. Make sure to click on the link shown below:
Once you do that, you will be redirected to another page. Add your name, agree with the terms and type your EPP code. Here it will say password but it’s actually the authorization code that was sent from GoDaddy:
Click on proceed. This will finalize the process and here the wait begins. As I mentioned, it takes between 5 to 7 business days till the transfer is complete. Once this is done, your domain name will be extended with one additional year. That’s of course if your domain name is eligible for that extension.
Once everything is done, you should receive an email from SiteGround. It looks something like this:
As I mentioned once I started this article, keeping everything under once account saves you a lot of time and nerves. It’s always best to trim down online accounts if possible. This will lead to less emails, less passwords, less notifications. Also, when you transfer a domain name, your expiration date will be extended with one extra year. Basically, the cost for the domain transfer is like a renewal of the domain name. Not for all domains, though. Make sure to check the order page to know if your domain will be extended.
If you’re transferring domain from GoDaddy for the first time it might be a bit complicated. Indeed, there are several steps that aren’t quite obvious and you need a bit of assistance for them. Fortunately, this guide is here.
I really hope to have helped you with the transfer of your domain from GoDaddy to SiteGround.
Hit me with a comment or an email if you have further questions in regards this topic.