How to transfer my domain away from Media Temple 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, via e-mail, reminding you when the renewal date for your domain name is due, so you will not miss to renew it and risk your website becoming 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 Đ°domain name registered with Media Temple, 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 Media Temple, specific rule, but rather a rule implemented by ICANN, the organization that governs domain registrations.
  • The domain has been Unlocked for transfer from Media Temple.
  • The domain is showing your current e-mail for the admin contact in the Whois database as that is where the authorization email will be sent. You can find the valid administrative e-mail for your domain name by using the WHOIS lookup tool available at:
  • The domain must not be too close to its expiration date, as Media Temple 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 Media Temple you must engage in the following steps:

  1. Log into your Media Temple Account Center
  2. Unlock your domain name

You can administrate your domain locking from the Media Temple Account Center. To unlock the domain name which you would like to transfer click on said domain  then go to the Domain Tools menu after which select Domain Locking.

Media Temple- Domain Transfer- Domain Unlock

  1. Disable the Domain Privacy/ ID Protect feature

To disable the domain privacy feature of the domain name which you would like to transfer, simply click on said domain name then go to the Domain Tools menu and from there select Domain Privacy.

  1. Update the contact information if needed

Double-check that the listed administrative contact email for the domain is valid and functional. To update the contact information of the domain which you would like to transfer click on said domain then go to the Domain Tools menu after which select Edit WHOIS Contact Info.

Media Temple- Domain Transfer- Edit WHOIS info

  1. Obtain the EPP/ Authorization code

In order for you to obtain the EPP code assigned to the domain name that you would like to transfer click on said domain name then go to the Domain Tools menu and from there select Auth Code. Then click on the Email Auth Code button. The code will be sent to the email listed in the Whois contact information.

Media Temple- Domain Transfer- Obtain Authorization Code

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 (Media Temple) 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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