I’ve been a customer of GoDaddy since they started online. If you have purchased anything from GoDaddy recently, you will understand why I decided to move all of my domains (over 70 at the time of this post) to a better domain registrar. They bombard you with page after page of upsells and trying to trick you into buying more products.
I decided to use NameCheap based on the great recommendations and reviews. You can visit the NameCheap website yourself to read some of the great reviews. I bought a couple of domains to try them out and I was very pleased. They are now new domain registrar for my entire domain portfolio.
While I was moving a few domains, I decided to document the entire process. If you have domains with GoDaddy and aren’t happy with them, feel free to use this tutorial to move your domains to NameCheap.
The process of moving your domains is easy, but there are a few steps that involve authorization and approvals that take a bit of time to complete. To transfer a domain, you have to start with the registrar (in this case, NameCheap) you want to transfer the domains to. They will do the transfer for you and handle all of the technical stuff in the background for you.
Finding NameCheap Coupons
One of the great things with NameCheap is they usually have coupon codes available. I found www.namecheapcoupons.com with a coupon code for November that allows a discount for up to 30 domains per customer. Why not save a few bucks in the process?
Make a note of the best coupon to use. You’ll need to have that during the checkout process at NameCheap.
Starting The Transfer
Head over to NameCheap and click on Transfer A Domain. Enter your domain name to check the eligibility. You should get an immediate success message like the one here. Make sure your domain has been unlocked, as that can cause problems.
Once you see the Add To Cart button, your domain is eligible to be transferred. Click add to cart and don’t forget to use your coupon code.
Now you have paid for the transfer which comes with a one year renewal on the domain. You are now ready to start the transfer.
GoDaddy Authorization Code
Now go to your domain control panel and request the authorization code for your domain. You must give this code to NameCheap which gives them the authorization to request the domain be transferred to them. The link to request the authorization code via email is shown here:
Simply click the link to have the authorization code emailed to you. The email you receive
should look like this:
Submit Authorization Code
Go ahead and login to your account on NameCheap. On your domain control panel you will have a link to Domain Transfer Status. You should see your domain listed here. Click on the domain to submit the EPP code. This is the GoDaddy authorization code.
Once you submit the authorization code, the rest is a series of approvals via email. You will receive requests for approval from GoDaddy and NameCheap asking your permission to transfer your domain. These emails can take up to a few hours to arrive. Each email contains a link you need to click on. That takes you to the approval website where you give your blessing.
Once you’ve approved the transfer from GoDaddy to NameCheap, both companies will email you when the transfer is complete.
That’s it! You’ve successfully transferred your domain from GoDaddy to NameCheap! If you have a lot of domains (like me) to transfer, I recommend you do them in batches of no more than 5 at a time. Otherwise you get lost in a sea of approval emails and authorization codes. They can really do your head in if you have several transfers going. I have been scheduling the transfers a couple of weeks before the domain is due to expire.
I have also included a handy PDF with all the step-by-step instructions for you to refer to. Click Here to download the PDF.