How to transfer my domain away from DreamHost 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 DreamHost, 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 DreamHost, specific rule, but rather a rule implemented by ICANN, the organization that governs domain registrations.
The domain has been "Unlocked" for transfer from DreamHost.
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 DreamHost 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 DreamHost you must engage in the following steps:
You can change the status of your domain through Domains -> Registrations.
Find the domain you want to transfer and then look at the column that says Locked.
If your domain is locked then you will see the word Yes.
To change the status simply click on the Yes to confirm that you want to change the status of the domain.
Disable the domain privacy
To disable the domain privacy go to Domains -> Registrations
Then find the column where it says Modify Whois? and check the box under it, after that click the blue button that says “Modify whois!”.
If you have only one domain registered with DreamHost, then you will see a Whois Info button under the Modify Whois? a column on which you have to click in order to change your Whois info.
Update your contact information if necessary
The modification page is divided into two sections. The first one is where you disable the domain privacy. To do that uncheck the I want all my contact information private box.
The second section allows you to change your contact information. Keep in mind that the contact information won't appear on this page but on the public Whois lookup. The modification page will, however, include the internal ownership details for the domain.
After you have made the changes click on the Save Registrant Contact button.
Obtain the EPP code
Go to Domains -> Register Transfer.
Click on the button under Authorization code that reads Reveal Authorization Code.
To transfer a .UK domain away from DreamHost you need to know that they do not have an EPP code but instead have an IPS tag. IPS tags much like EPP codes are case sensitive. You must obtain the code from the new registrar, then log into your DreamHost panel and contact the support team.
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 http://www.whois.net or http://whois.domaintools.com or similar sites, to make sure everything shows up and is correct.
Once ready, you can now submit a transfer request for the domain:
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 (DreamHost) 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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