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Domains »Transfer a Domain to Another Registrar

If you registered your domain with WordPress.com but you no longer want to blog with us, you can take your domain with you to your new host.

There are several different methods for moving your domain, and you should choose the one recommended by your new host. You may want to check their support site or contact them for more information.

This article will walk you through transferring your domain registration to another registrar. After the transfer is complete, you will be able to manage and renew your domain with your new registrar. This method will work with most self-hosting providers such as BlueHost or MediaTemple.

Visit Move Your Domain to Another Host for more options for moving your domain.

Transferring a domain registration is only available if you already registered a custom domain for your blog. Use the Domain Helper to check where your domain is registered.

Preparing the Domain Transfer

Your domain’s settings live in the My Domains page. Every custom domain you added to your blog will have an Edit link next to it.

Click on Edit to open the domain management screen, and then click on Transfer Domain on the left.

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The domain transfer process involves getting a secret code from your current registrar, and providing this code to your new registrar. We will send you the code to the email address you entered in your domain contacts. You will then be able to use this code on your new registrar’s site to initiate the transfer.

Depending on your domain’s settings, you may need to disable the Domain Lock as well as the Private Registration feature. Check the relevant boxes and click on Email Transfer Code to proceed.

Example domain transfer code email

Example domain transfer code email

If you did not receive the email, make sure you have the correct address set under Domain Contacts. You can send the email again by going to Transfer Domain and clicking on Email Transfer Code.

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Starting the Transfer With Your new Registrar

Once you have the transfer code, all that’s left is to head to your new registrar’s website and start the transfer. How this would actually work depends on your registrar.

Below you’ll find links to instructions provided by some popular domain registrars. If you can’t find yours here, you may want to try their help section for more information, or contact their support.

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Completing the transfer

Once you initiate the transfer process, there is a waiting period of five days. During this period, you will receive an email with a link to confirm or cancel the transfer. To complete the transfer, make sure you confirm it by clicking the confirmation link. Once you confirm, the domain will be automatically transferred after five days.

You can also bypass the five-day waiting period by going to the My Domains page and clicking Edit once again. From the domain manager, select the Transfer Domain tab, then click Accept Transfer. This will initiate the transfer immediately.

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More Information

For new domains and after changing whois contact information, there is a waiting period of 60 days before a transfer can be initiated.

Remember that your registered domain and your WordPress.com blog are two separate things. After the transfer is complete, your WordPress.com blog will still be available at its original address.

I have an email address on my domain. What will happen to my email?

If you used email forwarding or a third party email service to create an email address on your domain (such as you@example.com), this address will stop working after the transfer. You will want to contact your email provider as well as your new registrar for more information about setting up your email again.

Since your email will not be available during the transfer, please make sure you have a different address set up for the WordPress.com user account and for the domain contact. Otherwise, we may not be able to contact you in case you need any help.

I can’t receive the authorization code email because that email address is no longer valid.

Please see these directions for how to update the contact information for your domain.

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