This is an endeavour to explain a non-standardised process. The thoughts conveyed outline how International domain transfers work for most registrars, but may not cover all.
To initiate an International domain name transfer, you need:
Once you have these details you can then follow the instructions on Transferring Domains to SiteHost using the Control Panel.
There are a few steps involved in transferring an International Domain. While each registrar will differ slightly they all follow basically the same process.
Step 1: The new registrar will send a confirmation email to the domain registrant (you) using the contact details you specified when you initiated the domain transfer. This confirmation MUST be given before the transfer will proceed, and if it is not given within a given timeframe, the transfer will fail and you will need to try again.
Step 2: The old registrar will then send an email to the registrant using the contact address recorded against the domain. This step gives you an opportunity to cancel the transfer or to reconfirm it. If you ignore the email and do nothing, the transfer will occur regardless as it was already authorised in Step 1 above. However we recommend that you click confirm to expedite the process.
Step 3: After the transfer is completed you will see the domain appear in your list of domains in the SiteHost Control Panel. You will then be able to administer the domain and the dns settings. Your domain name will be renewed for an additional 12 months on transfer.
firstname.lastname@example.org my domain. Is this a spam or a phishing email?
No these are not spam or phishing emails. These emails are from our international domain provider and usually contain links to verify contact details or confirmation of other actions asoociated with the domain, such as transfers or Regsitrant details changes. The links are good for 10-14 days and if not clicked on may result in the domain being suspended or the transfer failing. Suspension of a domain will mean your website and email services are not accessible by the internet in general.
email@example.com. Is this a spam or a phishing email?
No these are not spam or phishing emails. They are an important part of checking that the contact details of a domain are correct, and if ignored, may result in your domain being suspended. Suspension of a domain will mean your website and email services are not accessible by the internet in general.
If the domain name has expired, you will likely need to renew it with your current provider before it can be transferred. If you just renewed your expired domain with the current provider, and then immediately transfer it to SiteHost within a set period (eg 60 days), you will need to pay a transfer fee. In this specific instance the domain expiry will not be extended - the fee only covers the transfer. This differs from the transfer of domains that have not expired, in which case the transfer fee will also add 12 months to the expiry date.
There are two possible reasons for a domain transfer taking a long time:
There are a few reasons why a domain transfer could fail, including: