So you’ve decided to switch domain providers and move your site from GoDaddy to Namecheap. Congratulations! Namecheap is one of the best domain providers on the market, and you’re going to love its service. That said, transferring your domain can be a bit of a hassle if you don’t know what you’re doing. This guide will walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can transfer your domain without any headaches. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Unlock Your Domain at GoDaddy
In order to transfer your domain away from GoDaddy, you first need to unlock it at your current registrar. To do this, log into your GoDaddy account and go to the “My Products” page. Then, find the domain you want to transfer and click on the “unlock” button next to it.
If your domain is already unlocked, you can skip this step. However, if you see a message that says the domain is locked for 60 days, that means it was recently transferred to GoDaddy (or another registrar) and you’ll need to wait 60 days before transferring it again. In that case, you’ll just have to wait until the 60 days are up before proceeding with the transfer.
Step 2: Get an Authorization Code from GoDaddy
Once your domain is unlocked, the next step is to get an authorization code (also known as an EPP code) from GoDaddy. This code is required in order to complete the transfer, so make sure you have it before proceeding. To get your authorization code, log into your GoDaddy account and go to the “My Products” page. Then, find the domain you want to transfer and click on the “Get Authorization Code” button next to it.
GoDaddy will then send the authorization code to the contact email address associated with your account. If you don’t receive the email within a few minutes, check your spam folder just in case. Once you have the code, write it down or copy/paste it into a text document so that you have it handy for when we start the transfer process at Namecheap.
Step 3: Initiate the Transfer at Namecheap
Now that we have our authorization code from GoDaddy, we’re ready to initiate the transfer at Namecheap. To start, log into your Namecheap account (or create one if you don’t have one already) and go to their “Domain Transfers” page. Then, enter your domain name in the search bar and click on “Transfer.”
On the next page, select whether or not you want WhoisGuard privacy protection for your domain (it’s optional but recommended). Then, enter your authorization code in the box provided before clicking on “Add to Cart.”
Once your domain is in your cart, review your order and make sure everything looks correct. When you’re ready, click on “Checkout” and complete payment for your transfer. That’s it! The rest of the process will be handled automatically by Namecheap and should be completed within 5-7 days.
Transferring your domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap is a pretty simple process…as long as you know what you’re doing! Follow these steps, and you’ll have your site transferred over in no time flat. And once everything is said and done, I think you’ll agree that Namecheap is definitely worth making the switch for!