Transfer your domain to IONOS in 3 easy steps
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Your domain name is that which defines your site and is located in the address bar of your browser. Each domain name is provided for by a host or a registrar that has registered the domain with ICANN for a small fee. Anyone can own a domain name: large enterprises, medium-sized businesses and even individuals for personal projects. Each domain provider offers a different range of products and features and, like everything, a different quality of service. There are a number of possible reasons to transfer your domain. For instance, you may wish to switch to another provider to get better value, more features and more security, or because you're having problems with your current host.
Despite popular belief, domain transfers are in fact a quick and easy process that can be done within just seven days. First of all, all we need from you is the authorization code from your current provider, and the current email address that's attached to your account. Double check that you still have access to your secure email account as you will receive your code via this address. We recommend that you backup all your content with your existing domain; this will not be transferred across to your new host. Once requested, you will receive your authorization code and you will then be guided through IONOS simple domain transfer service. Our domain transfer process time should take between 5 and 7 days.
While there are many different domain name providers, the transfer process usually looks quite similar. The first thing to take care of is backing up your current content to avoid any potential loss of data. The second step is usually to retrieve your authorization key to a secure email address that you are sure you have access to. The final step is where things may change depending on your host, but we will guide you through an easy step-by-step process.
Your online presence is a vital factor in the successful running of a business. Today, it's a lot more than just a business card, it is your company branding, your marketing and your PR rolled into one. Providing your current and potential customers with an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing website is key. It is therefore important to ensure that your domain provider is the best choice for both you and your business. Your host should suit all your company needs and provide a satisfactory round-the-clock service. If not, it's well worth considering transferring your domain name to another host. The features offered, the quality of those features, the level of service, the reliability and finally the price of packages will vary greatly from provider to provider. So, if you are considering a domain transfer, it is important to first determine precisely which tools are necessary for your site.
Our domain transfer deals, competitive prices and dedicated service are ideal for businesses and individuals alike. As part of our domain transfer agreement, we can also assist with some of the online marketing of your IONOS domain, expand its reach and ensure your website is as engaging and effective as possible. With our large variety of features and products, transferring your domain with IONOS ensures a smooth transition that both larger companies and personal site owners can benefit from.
With IONOS, domain transfers are a stress-free experience, giving you the peace of mind to focus your attention on other important aspects of your online presence. The process can be completed in just a few simple steps:
- Backup all the data on your existing website
- Contact your existing domain provider and request your authorization code (this should be between 6 and 32 digits)
- Go to the IONOS website and type your domain name into the domain checker
- Enter your authorization code
- Follow the registration steps and confirm the domain transfer
IONOS offers a smooth transition period so that your customers, your clients and your followers are not affected during the process. When it comes to transferring your domain, we understand that a secure, simple and hassle-free process is what our customers value the most.
As soon as you are up and running, you will receive an IP address allowing you to access your site and make any necessary changes. You can then transfer across all your old data and simply recreate your original site with your new host.
Note: if you're planning to change the domain ownership information, you can do so in your current provider's control panel. If you are transferring your domain to a new host, but the registration of your domain name remains with a third party, you will then need to provide updated registration and server information to your new hosting service.
The actual domain transfer process itself is free. With IONOS, there are no additional costs resulting from moving your domain. What we will charge you for – however - is an additional full year of registration of your domain name because we automatically renew your existing domain contract. Our helpful steps will guide you through the process and make things quick and easy for you – helping you to keep your website running unhindered. Regardless of your reason for switching, we do not charge any additional domain transfer fees at any time. All you need to do is retrieve your authorization code from your current provider, ensure your attached email address is valid, and then we can begin the process. As soon as you complete your domain transfer, you will benefit from our diverse range of features and reliable service.
Transferring your domain to IONOS is a relatively quick process. Once you've received your authorization code from your current provider, things move swiftly. As soon as you check your domain on the IONOS site and enter your authorization code, you can navigate through the registration process with the help of IONOS's guiding steps in just a matter of minutes.
Once you've completed the domain transfer checkout and we receive the acknowledgement of the transfer, we will start the actual domain transfer process. This usually takes between 5 and 7 calendar days. It won't be long before you're fully operational with IONOS as your domain host.
The domain transfer process can be daunting at first and we understand that one of the biggest worries is that your SERP ranking, that you and your company have worked so hard to achieve, may be affected. However, as long as your actual domain name does not change and you follow the steps above, your SEO authority should be unaffected by your domain transfer. In order to avoid any confusion, we recommend not canceling your previous hosting account until your domain transfer with IONOS has been fully processed. This way, your company site will remain active and visible throughout the transition period.
Absolutely! IONOS accepts all types of domains from .com and .org, to .me or .store, for example. This part of the domain is called the top-level domain (TLD) and IONOS works with all of them when dealing with domain transfers so you can rest assured that your domain names can be quickly and easily transferred. Not only that, but we also offer a wide variety of TLDs if you feel like either purchasing a new name or adding to your roster of names in the future. There are now more available TLDs than ever before and we can easily help you rebrand your domain name.
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