How to transfer my domain away from Dotster to ETNHost?

Here at ETNHost, we recommend that you keep your domain name where you host your website. It is easier to manage, fewer passwords to worry about, better security, and last but not least this way you get a piece of mind. You will receive regular notifications from us through e-mail when the renewal date for your domain name is due and you will not miss to renew the domain name and risk your website to become inaccessible. 


Once the domain name is transferred to us, you will get one year of a free domain name renewal as a bonus.

Transfer of domain names may take anywhere between 3 and 10 days until completion. Before initiating a domain name transfer of a domain name registered with Dotster, you will need to make sure that the following conditions apply:

  • The domain must be more than 60 days old. This is not an ETNHost, nor Dotster, specific rule, but rather a rule implemented by ICANN, the organization that governs domain registrations. 
  • The domain has been Unlocked for transfer from Dotster.
  • The domain is showing your current e-mail for the admin contact in the whois as that is where the authorization email will be sent.
  • The domain must not be too close to its expiration date, as Dotster will normally auto renew domains 15 days prior to expiration.


The 60-day holding period only applies to domain transfers between registrar providers when a domain is either newly registered or recently transferred. If you just ended site services with another provider (without transferring the domain to another registrar), then the 60-day hold shouldn't apply at all. If the hold did apply, it still shouldn't prevent you from pointing it to another host service to start up a new site.

To prepare your domain name  to be transferred away from Dotster you must engage in the following steps:

  1. Log into your Dotster account.
  2. Unlock your domain name
To Unlock your domain name you need log into Domain Central and click on the expand sign that is next to the domain that you want to transfer so you gain access to the domain settings menu. Find the Security tab and click on it then click on Unlock Domain. Once the domain name is unlocked you will receive a confirmation message. 
  1. Disable the domain privacy

To deactivate the domain privacy feature you have to log into Domain Central and click on the expand sign that is located next to the domain that you want to transfer. By doing so you will be able to access the Domain Settings menu. Then click on the Security tab and then click on Disable Domain Privacy. Once the privacy protection is disabled you will receive a confirmation.

  1. Change your contact information if needed.

To do that go to Domain Central and click on the domain you want to modify, then click on Contact and update your contact information if needed. Use the drop-down to choose which contact info you want to modify and to modify. After you've made the necessary changes click on the Save button. 

  1. Obtain the EPP code/ Authorization code

To obtain the EPP code you need to go to Domain Central and click on the domain you want to transfer and click the Transfer -> Send Auth-Info Code. The code will be sent to the e-mail listed in the contact form. 

After completing the preparation, let some time pass (a day or so) before you initiate the transfer. You can also check the Whois info for your domain. You can do this at or or similar sites, to make sure everything shows up and is correct.

Once ready, you can now submit a transfer request for the domain:

  • Start within your ETNHost account .
  • Proceed with posting an order for the domain name transfer by clicking on the Domains tab.
  • Upon the request of the domain name transfer, you will need to enter the Authorization/EPP code. Once the code is entered then the process will begin.

Note that you will also receive a transfer approval email to the listed administrative contact for the domain. After the transfer is confirmed the losing registrar (Dotster) has 7 days to release the domain. If everything is ok, the domain will be released and added to the Domains Section in your ETNHost account.



Once you start a domain name transfer you must remember that you can't change your DNS, Whois info, contact info and so on.

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