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Transferring Domain Name Ownership

 Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Why Change the Owner of a Domain Name with iWebHost?

Various situations may necessitate a change in domain name ownership. Here are some typical circumstances:

  • Change in Ownership: If a domain name is sold or passed to a new individual or entity, updating the ownership details becomes essential to accurately reflect the new owner. This situation arises when businesses change proprietors, websites get sold, or during domain acquisitions.

  • Company Rebranding: Companies going through a rebranding phase might want to modify their domain name to match the new brand image. Transferring the domain to a new owner becomes crucial to represent the updated entity associated with the domain.

  • Legal Name Change: Personal events like marriages, divorces, or individual decisions can lead to legal name changes. If the domain owner undergoes such a change, updating the domain's ownership details becomes necessary.

  • Organisational Changes: Events like mergers, acquisitions, or restructuring in organisations can necessitate a transfer of domain ownership to mirror the new entity or legal structure.

  • Administrative Reasons: At times, entities or individuals might choose to modify the domain name owner for administrative ease, like merging domain registrations under one account for streamlined management.

Modifying the domain name owner requires a structured procedure, usually overseen by the domain registrar. The steps and prerequisites can differ based on the registrar's guidelines. If you're looking to change a domain name owner, it's prudent to contact iWebHost for direction on completing the ownership alteration.

How to Transfer Domain Name Ownership with iWebHost

To transfer domain ownership, you'll typically need to:

  1. Check Domain Transfer Eligibility: Confirm your domain's transfer eligibility. Some extensions may have unique transfer regulations. Reach out to iWebHost to verify if your domain is transferable.

  2. Prepare the Domain: Ensure the domain is active and not locked or expired. Unlock the domain and deactivate any privacy locks if needed.

  3. Obtain an Authorization Code: Request the domain’s authorization code (often known as an EPP code or transfer key) from iWebHost. The new registrar will need this code.

  4. Choose a New Registrar: Find and select a new registrar for your domain transfer. Ensure they support your domain extension.

  5. Start the Transfer: Register with the new registrar and kick off the domain transfer process. Provide necessary details like the domain name, authorization code, and other required information.

  6. Verify the Transfer Request: The new registrar will send a verification email to the domain owner's contact email. Follow the email instructions to validate and approve the transfer.

  7. Confirm the Transfer with iWebHost: iWebHost might send an email for transfer confirmation. If you receive this, follow the instructions to confirm.

  8. Wait for Transfer Completion: The transfer process might take several days. Both registrars will coordinate to finalize the transfer. You'll get a notification from the new registrar upon successful transfer.

  9. Update Domain Settings: Once transferred, update domain settings like DNS and nameservers with the new registrar.

The exact steps can vary depending on the transferring registrars. Always refer to the guidelines or contact the support teams of both registrars for domain-specific transfer details.

Transferring Ownership of an Australian Domain Name with iWebHost

Australian domain extensions encompass .au, .com.au, .net.au, .org.au, and .id.au.

  • .au transfers by iWebHost commence when an authorised domain representative submits a transfer request.
  • Typically, the domain registry completes the transfer in 48 hours.
  • Though the transfer process comes at no charge, registrations nearing renewal (90 days to expiry) will necessitate a registration renewal payment during transfer.