Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How to Transfer Your Domain Name Ownership to Another Person

  • Step 1
    This example uses the terms owner and buyer. You are the current owner of the domain name. The person who you want to transfer the domain name to is the buyer.

  • Step 2
    Usually domains are paid for one or more years in advance. Since you are selling your domain to someone else, then the buyer will take over the domain in the middle of the term period. Any remaining time on the domain will not be charged to the buyer. When the domain name comes up for renewal, the buyer must purchase another 1-year term prior to the expiration date.

  • Step 3
    If your domain name is registered with Network Solutions, for example, then the buyer will need to setup an account with Network Solutions. It is best to transfer a domain name between account holders within the same registrar. Afterward, the buyer can transfer it to another registrar, if desired.

  • Step 4
    You must first disable domain lock or domain protection or else the domain cannot be transferred. You must also disable domain privacy or else you will not receive the email with the authorization link. Finally, please make sure that your email address on file is accurate and current or else you will not receive the email with the authorization link.

  • Step 5
    To transfer the domain name, the buyer must initiate a Transfer Request. You, the current owner, cannot submit the request. Here are the buyer instructions. Login to your account. Click on the "Transfer A Domain" link. Enter the domain name that you wish to acquire. It will let you know that it is available to transfer. Select the option that says you are the person requesting the domain to be transferred to your account and submit the order. There is usually no charge to transfer between accounts.

  • Step 6
    Network Solutions will send an e-mail notification to you. It will ask for your approval or authorization to transfer the domain name to the buyer. You have 14 days to respond or else the request will expire and you will retain ownership of the domain name.

  • Step 7
    Once the transfer is approved, the domain name will change ownership. The domain name will be removed from your account and will be added to the buyer's account. You are no longer the domain owner. The buyer is the official account holder and owns the full rights to the domain name.

  • Step 8
    Congratulations! You have transferred your domain name to another person