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To Transfer Your Domain Name Simply and Easily
By Chris Small
When you first register your domain name(s), it
is often not on the server that you will post your site from. These days many
Webpreneurs will reserve several names and park them for a period of time
before either publishing to them or even selling them. It is also common, in
this day of cheap domain names to reserve the name with one provider and host
it with another.
Many people get hung up with the jargon and
server address numbers. This is quite understandable and can be very
intimidating to a person who is just starting to understand how to create and
market a web site let alone move it.
Following are some basic steps to follow when
moving your domain from one host server to another.
The Mother of Them All - Network
The largest registrar of domain names still
continues to be Network Solutions. They also have one of the most unfriendly
interfaces for making any changes to your registration. So we will go through
the process very carefully.
How To Check The Database
Let's start by going to their Whois database
and checking if they are the registrar of your name. Click on this link, enter
your domain name, and press the search button http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
if you are registered there you can instantly see all of your registration
If you are not registered with Network
Solutions then skip down to the next section of this article.
Make Changes - The
Network Solutions Way
At the top of the page you will see a blue
navigation bar with five links on it. Click on the one that reads "MAKE
CHANGES". Enter your domain address and select the .com, .net, .org, or .
edu extension from the pull down menu. Press the submit button.
On the next page you will be presented with
another pull down menu of options. Choose the one that reads "transfer my
Domain Name to another ISP" and press the go button. Note: This is one
part where a lot of people get stumped. We normally think of our ISP as the
company that gives us Internet access - but this case it refers to the company
that hosts your domain.
On this next page you need to enter the email
address of the administrative or technical contact for your domain. They
provide a handy "Get Information" button that you can use to look it
up. This is usually the email address that you entered when you first
registered the name. It is to this address that the form will be emailed for
The next page will show you your current
Registration Information on a form page that can be modified. There is also a
choice of authentication methods that include: "Mail-From", and two
Encryption options. For most of us the simplest (and default) method is the
"Mail-From". Go ahead and delete the old server information and
replace it with your new hosts server info.
As an example, if you were moving your site to
our server you would enter the following info:
Primary Server Hostname: ns.guaranteedserver.com
Primary Server Netaddress: 188.8.131.52
Secondary Server Hostname: ns2.guaranteedserver.com Secondary Server
Occasionally a Host company may have more than
one Secondary servers listed. There are extra spaces to enter that
information. If you are moving from a host with additional Secondary Servers
to one without, simply delete the extras from the form.
After you have doublechecked that all the info
is correct press the button that says "SUBMIT THIS FORM FOR
That is not the end of it though. Network
Solutions will now send a copy of the information to your email address and
ask you to simply send it back to email@example.com from that
same address. This is how their "Mail-From"
security option works.
I know what many of you are thinking by now -
we just can't print most of it<g>. It does seem a bit crazy to go
through all this bureaucratic red tape just to move to another server. However
there are some (rather rare though) circumstances where all these precautions
Only after you have sent it back to them will
they start processing it. Next they will send it back to you again asking you
to authorize the changes. In most cases all you will have to do is type "YES"
or "Y" in section 1a and return
it to them.
It usually will take a couple of days for them
to update the database and point your domain name to the new server.
All The Others
Now for the GOOD news. If your domain name was
registered through one of the newer services the process is extremely
streamlined and user friendly.
In many cases you can simply go to the
"Modify Domain" page enter your email address and domain name, and
make the changes. You will then receive a confirmation email form the
Registrar confirming the changes. After you confirm with them by email that
you do wish to make the changes it is usually a only a day or two before the
changes are live.
Some registrars will issue you a username and
password that will allow you to go in and update your registration information
Chris Small is a cyber
entrepreneur and host of several
successful websites. If you would like to read more articles
like this by Chris go to www.worlddealcenter.com/reports
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