One of the more confusing aspects around domain names is how they are released back into the pool of available names once they expire. People mistakenly believe that if a domain name expires on such-and-such a date, then they will be able to just hop on the computer and register it again the next day, or later the same day.
Nick from the U.K asks:
My company recently purchased a couple domains and we want those to link to our current website. Eg. example.com will transfer to example.co.uk instantly. How can I do this?
This is similar to an earlier post How do I point “www.domain.com” at “domain.com” or vice-versa?, but since we’re going across multiple domains, we should also think about a couple additional issues.
(These steps in transferring a .COM, .NET or .ORG domain to a new registrar also apply to .BIZ and .INFO or any domain within a Top Level Domain that runs on EPP)
Please Note: As of October 2010 the .CA Registry has changed to using the EPP Registry Protocol.
As such, the .CA Transfer process is now very similar to the process for transferring for .com, .net or .org domains.
- Get the Auth Code for your domain from the “losing registrar side”
- Initiate the transfer on the gaining side.
Contrary to .COM/.NET/.ORG transfers, the .CA transfer also happens instantly.
Old article follows the break…
Domains in the .com, ,net, .org, .biz and .info TLDs (aka .CNOBI) use a registry protocol called “EPP” to communicate between the registrars and registry.
Under this protocol, a domain “auth code” is a small random code assigned to each domain name and is required in order for a domain name to be transferred from one registrar to another.