Want to know how to transfer a domain name? It’s easy to transfer domains but not all attempts are successful. There are multiple reasons for domain transfer failure. Some domain names can’t be transferred because of reasons that might range from the registrar’s side to the destination host. If the whole process is done correctly then your transfer should be successful.

domain transfer failure

What you should know is for the domain name transfer process to be successful, the gaining registrar (one the domain is being transferred to) and losing registrar (one the domain is being transferred from) should be in touch and work hand in hand to ensure the process is successful. Any lapse or reluctance on either sides might cause your site a downtime for days. If the gaining registrar provides free domain name transfer services then the better else you have to pay the fees associated with the domain name transfer process.

Ever encountered a domain transfer failure? All i have to say is you’re not the first. It’s a very common issue and many have encountered it. However, if you take precautions before initiating the process transferring a domain name then chances are high the transfer will be successful.

What causes Domain Transfer Failure

There are various reasons for domain transfer failure but i’ll list down some of the most common reasons of them. In fact, most scenarios fall within the four points i’ve mentioned below and almost 70% fall under provision of incorrect EPP code to gaining registrars. When your domain name fails to transfer to the new registrar then try checking on the points below.

Incorrect EPP Code

Entering incorrect EPP codes is among the most common reasons for domain transfer failure. The EPP code is an authorizing key implicating you can not initiate a domain transfer from one host to another without the EPP code associated with it. This code is used to protect the domain owner from unauthorized transfers and make sure he is the only one with the rights to transfer a domain. The EPP code is case-sensitive and all characters are to be recorded accurately if a transfer is to be successful.

Wrong Administrator Contact

In order to approve the transfer you need access to the administrator email address as listed on the domain’s who is records. Without access to this email address you will not be able to transfer your domain. You can try checking the domain’s Who Is records to clarify with the administrator email address in case it’s not under identity protection. In fact, its’ recommended to change the administrator email address before initiating the transfer so that you handle everything your self. You can ask your domain registrar to change the administrator email address to one you have access to.

Domain in Locked state

If a domain is in a locked state then you cannot initiate a transfer. Locked domains usually show a “clientTransferProhibited” status in the Who Is records. Check twice with the records and make sure it is not locked and in case of any lock you have to contact the registrar to unlock it then you can ere-initiate a transfer. The lock is an extra patch to protect the domain from illegal transfers. Make sure the domain is unlocked before initiating transfer.

Domain Expired

You should know the 60 day rule that govern domains. A domain cannot be transferred 60 days to expiry or 60 days after renewal. You can only transfer it outside that range implicating expired domains cannot be transferred. Once a domain expires from your current registrar then you have to renew it under the same registrar and initiate a transfer after at least 60 days as required by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

So many factors can fail a transfer but so far listed above are the most common of them all. If you are looking for how to transfer domain name to new owner / registrar then make sure you don’t default any of what i mentioned above. What if everything falls within the points mentioned above and still fail to make successful domain transfer? in such cases i recommend you try consulting the gaining registrar for the exact causes of the domain transfer failure. It could be possible that the losing registrar refusing to release your domain. It’s very possible and it’s happened to many people before that why it’s always recommended to deal with registrars who are accredited by ICANN.

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