How to transfer your domain name to GoDaddy

Posted on Saturday, April 5th 2008 6:14 pm by menj in Domains, Internet

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GoDaddy is known as an extremely popular registrar of domain names. Many people transfer domains in bulk (or just single domains) to GoDaddy because the cost is relatively cheaper and the site is reliable. Many sites that are critical of domain registrarsclaim that GoDaddy is a safe and secure site for transferring domains. Bulk transferring of domain names at Godaddy is considered better than transferring single domain names, since the cost is considerably less. Otherwise, GoDaddy is a good choice even if you want to transfer single domain names.

Here is our guide to show you how to transfer your domain name to GoDaddy.

Instructions

The things that you would need are

  • Domain name(s)
  • Internet

Step 1:
First, decide the domain name or names that you want to transfer.

Step 2:
Go to the GoDaddy web site and look out for the navigation button “Domains” (at the top of the page) and select “Transfer a domain” from the dropdown list.

Step 3:
Observe that a new page opens. Type the domain name that you want to transfer in the space that asks you to do so. Follow the steps written on this page.

Step 4:
Verify the domain name that you have entered. if this is correct, then click on “Proceed to checkout.” If you want to transfer another domain name, then follow the above steps again.

Step 5:
Simply fill the form that appears and follow the instructions to successfully transfer the domain name or names to GoDaddy. If the domain name you have entered does not exist, then observe that a page opens asking you to register the domain at GoDaddy. You can then verify the domain name and follow the steps.

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    • appleblogger says:

      October 6th, 2008 at 12:32 am

      i never know about this one.

      Thanks for your tips. Honestly, i never have godaddy account.

    • Dr Hank says:

      July 16th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I was thinking about buying a domain name for investment. I’ve read about the risks, etc– and I know they’re sometimes hard to re-sell. But I found a couple of “good ones” and I think I’d like to pay a little money to buy them and hold on to them for a year (or three or five).

      But my question is this– let’s say I buy a domain name through GoDaddy and hold on to it for three years. And finally someone wants to buy the domain at a price I am comfortable with….. what do I have to do? In other words, how do I transfer the domain from ME to THEM?

      Also, if you have bought and re-sold domain names before, I’d be interested to hear about your experiences.

      Thanks for reading… any and all answers are appreciated.

    • JimT says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Hi, I have a domain name I got through Go Daddy. It is currently being hosted for free by Go Daddy, and as a result they have ads at the top of the page.
      I talked to my boss and he said i could host it on his server for free, I have the ftp login and password, and i know how to use the “manage sites” on dreamweaver to create a new site, but after that I am lost, I don’t know how I would transfer the “control” of the domain from godaddy to my boss’s hosting.
      I found on Go Daddy that it looks like it has something to do with nameservers (i don’t really understand what those are).

      Any help would be awesome. Thanks!

      P.S. For those curious, here is my lame site: http://www.rearviewminor.com, but I am redesigning it now that I kinda know what I’m doing

    • colingrillo says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 7:33 am

      I have two domain names that I’d like to register with Google Adsense for Domains. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to the ‘A records’ and CNAME records that I need to change and create. What are these??

      My domains are currently registered with Bravenet.com, and this is not one of the commonly used registrars that Google gives step-by-step instructions for. I tried transferring the domains to GoDaddy (since it is one that Google has listed) hoping that would make the Google set up easier…but since my domains are too new, the transfer failed.

      Since I have to leave my domains parked where they are, I need some one to help me with the Google set up. Google’s instructions leave me completely confused..I’m kind of new to the whole domain/site building thing.

      This is what Google Adsense is asking me to do:

      Step 1) Create the following A records for your domains at your domain registrar: [What is an ‘A record’ and how do I create one, when dealing with Bravenet.com?]

      Step 2) Create the following CNAME (alias) records for your www host using your domain registrar: [Again, I have no idea what this is..or how to do what they’re asking..]

      What are these records? How do I create them…what do I do with them once they ARE created…???? I’ve tried looking online for some sort of ‘Google Adsense for Dummies’ but haven’t really been able to find anything that helps. I’m sure these are really simple and easy things Google is asking me to do..I just don’t understand their instructions.
      I’ve found where to edit the records, as google instructs, but now I’m encountering a new problem. The Host name/Alias that google wants me to use is ‘@’. But when I try to input that into the record, I’m told that it’s invalid. Is it not possible to use Google Adsense for Domains, when using a domain parked with Bravenet..? Or am I doing something wrong..????

    • ttocs says:

      July 17th, 2012 at 7:33 am

      I’m trying to set up my moms website with webs.com. She was paying for another host(websighttonight with godaddy) but because of funds had to cancel that. So wanted to try using webs.com for awhile (free version) but thought I could use the current domain with the site there. How ever when I tried to ”attach” it told me to change server names, which I did. Then it said I had to pay! (now my name servers are changed and that can’t be good?) Can’t pay right now to upgrade. Iv signed up with places before (like forums) and you could put your own domain you owned up easily and free. It had to do with setting it up in the domain manager than on the other site..I think, I had step-by-step instructions to follow then..They have something else called transferring your domain to them but do you have to pay do that to?

      Is there away to make it so that when people go to http://www.MYDOMAINTHISISEXAMPLE.com that it will go to the free account http://www.MYDOMAINTHISISEXAMPLE.webs.com without have to pay for anything additional?

      Thanks!
      *The site is a website format vs a blogger format. Thanks though! 🙂

    • Agent 47 says:

      July 20th, 2012 at 5:24 am

      I want to buy a parked domain that somebody has registered on godaddy. How does the transfer of the domain name AS WELL AS ALL THE RIGHTS to that name work?

      If you have had experience in this I would appreciate your help…

    • David says:

      July 21st, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Is it at all possible? Yahoo is pushing for transferring a domain to Yahoo but reviews for their domain support are horrid, so we’ll do everything possible not to change a registrar. It’s been 90 hours since name servers were changed to Yahoo and our Yahoo store has been dead ever since. Any suggestions on how to get it up and running again? Yahoo customer service people seem clueless on what to do except to continue waiting on engineering team to remove the domain block. I spoke to at least five reps tonight and they all blame GoDaddy (our original registrar). But GoDaddy has confirmed at least three times the name servers were changed correctly and there are no blocks of any kind on their end. I’ve read some other people had similar domain issues dragging on for weeks with Yahoo and had to either find another hosting for their stores or roll back to their original registrar asap.
      Thanks Elevate! It looks as waiting wouldn’t help in this particular case. Apparently, I did something in GoDaddy controls that cleared the block on June 19. Yahoo said that name server changes were dated by GoDaddy on June 19. But I made and confirmed the changes with GoDaddy on June 15! What I did on June 19 was deleting an email box associated with this domain and unlocking the domain on GoDaddy’s page. My guess is that UNLOCKING domain did the trick. Although there might be something else that either Yahoo or GoDaddy don’t want me to know. Anyways, neither of them will tell you to unlock your domain before changing name servers and you could be sitting there with your broken site for weeks or even months! Needless to say that for four days of full inactivity our store lost most of traffic and 99% of normal sales. The worst part is that we are completely gone from Google and majority of search engines :((

    • Mc L says:

      July 21st, 2012 at 8:29 am

      I have a website and my own cpanel. now the problem is my friend wants me to host her but i don’t really know how it works. she bought a domain name from godaddy.com . I tried the add on domain feature but it showed up this error

      Error from park wrapper: Using nameservers with the following IPs: 216.69.185.20,208.109.255.20 Sorry, the domain is already pointed to an IP address that does not appear to use DNS servers associated with this server. Please transfer the domain to this servers nameservers or have your administrator add one of its nameservers to /etc/ips.remotedns and make the proper A entries on that remote nameserver.

      how can i solve this? please help me :((

    • ConfusionnaJob says:

      July 27th, 2012 at 1:51 am

      and also would you be able to then transfer your domain without waiting 60 days

      i ask this because i cannot figure out how to set up phpbb on godaddy

    • sethburger says:

      July 27th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Is it at all possible? Yahoo is pushing for transferring a domain to Yahoo but reviews for their domain support are horrid, so we’ll do everything possible not to change a registrar. It’s been 90 hours since name servers were changed to Yahoo and our Yahoo store has been dead ever since. Any suggestions on how to get it up and running again? Yahoo customer service people seem clueless on what to do except to continue waiting on engineering team to remove the domain block. I spoke to at least five reps tonight and they all blame GoDaddy (our original registrar). But GoDaddy has confirmed at least three times the name servers were changed correctly and there are no blocks of any kind on their end. I’ve read some other people had similar domain issues dragging on for weeks with Yahoo and had to either find another hosting for their stores or roll back to their original registrar asap.
      Thanks Elevate! It looks as waiting wouldn’t help in this particular case. Apparently, I did something in GoDaddy controls that cleared the block on June 19. Yahoo said that name server changes were dated by GoDaddy on June 19. But I made and confirmed the changes with GoDaddy on June 15! What I did on June 19 was deleting an email box associated with this domain and unlocking the domain on GoDaddy’s page. My guess is that UNLOCKING domain did the trick. Although there might be something else that either Yahoo or GoDaddy don’t want me to know. Anyways, neither of them will tell you to unlock your domain before changing name servers and you could be sitting there with your broken site for weeks or even months! Needless to say that for four days of full inactivity our store lost most of traffic and 99% of normal sales. The worst part is that we are completely gone from Google and majority of search engines :((

    • andresumoza says:

      August 7th, 2012 at 2:46 am

      I have a website and my own cpanel. now the problem is my friend wants me to host her but i don’t really know how it works. she bought a domain name from godaddy.com . I tried the add on domain feature but it showed up this error

      Error from park wrapper: Using nameservers with the following IPs: 216.69.185.20,208.109.255.20 Sorry, the domain is already pointed to an IP address that does not appear to use DNS servers associated with this server. Please transfer the domain to this servers nameservers or have your administrator add one of its nameservers to /etc/ips.remotedns and make the proper A entries on that remote nameserver.

      how can i solve this? please help me :((

    • Con Orpe says:

      August 9th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      I have a website and my own cpanel. now the problem is my friend wants me to host her but i don’t really know how it works. she bought a domain name from godaddy.com . I tried the add on domain feature but it showed up this error

      Error from park wrapper: Using nameservers with the following IPs: 216.69.185.20,208.109.255.20 Sorry, the domain is already pointed to an IP address that does not appear to use DNS servers associated with this server. Please transfer the domain to this servers nameservers or have your administrator add one of its nameservers to /etc/ips.remotedns and make the proper A entries on that remote nameserver.

      how can i solve this? please help me :((

    • Random says:

      August 15th, 2012 at 10:29 am

      Is it at all possible? Yahoo is pushing for transferring a domain to Yahoo but reviews for their domain support are horrid, so we’ll do everything possible not to change a registrar. It’s been 90 hours since name servers were changed to Yahoo and our Yahoo store has been dead ever since. Any suggestions on how to get it up and running again? Yahoo customer service people seem clueless on what to do except to continue waiting on engineering team to remove the domain block. I spoke to at least five reps tonight and they all blame GoDaddy (our original registrar). But GoDaddy has confirmed at least three times the name servers were changed correctly and there are no blocks of any kind on their end. I’ve read some other people had similar domain issues dragging on for weeks with Yahoo and had to either find another hosting for their stores or roll back to their original registrar asap.
      Thanks Elevate! It looks as waiting wouldn’t help in this particular case. Apparently, I did something in GoDaddy controls that cleared the block on June 19. Yahoo said that name server changes were dated by GoDaddy on June 19. But I made and confirmed the changes with GoDaddy on June 15! What I did on June 19 was deleting an email box associated with this domain and unlocking the domain on GoDaddy’s page. My guess is that UNLOCKING domain did the trick. Although there might be something else that either Yahoo or GoDaddy don’t want me to know. Anyways, neither of them will tell you to unlock your domain before changing name servers and you could be sitting there with your broken site for weeks or even months! Needless to say that for four days of full inactivity our store lost most of traffic and 99% of normal sales. The worst part is that we are completely gone from Google and majority of search engines :((

    • therundown2k3 says:

      August 28th, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Yahoo also canceled quartermaster@vfwpost4287.org, commander@vfwpost4287.org, compass@vfwpost4287.org, ladiesauxiliary@vfwpost4287.org, mensauxiliary@vfwpost4287.org, and webmaster@vfwpost4287.org. We ONLY wanted to cancel the web site and keep the domain name vfwpost4287.org. We also need the transfer codes to transfer the domain name to godaddy. Thanks for your help. Please respond to oakleysmall@gmail.com

    • Joe T says:

      August 29th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      I have two domain names that I’d like to register with Google Adsense for Domains. Unfortunately, I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to the ‘A records’ and CNAME records that I need to change and create. What are these??

      My domains are currently registered with Bravenet.com, and this is not one of the commonly used registrars that Google gives step-by-step instructions for. I tried transferring the domains to GoDaddy (since it is one that Google has listed) hoping that would make the Google set up easier…but since my domains are too new, the transfer failed.

      Since I have to leave my domains parked where they are, I need some one to help me with the Google set up. Google’s instructions leave me completely confused..I’m kind of new to the whole domain/site building thing.

      This is what Google Adsense is asking me to do:

      Step 1) Create the following A records for your domains at your domain registrar: [What is an ‘A record’ and how do I create one, when dealing with Bravenet.com?]

      Step 2) Create the following CNAME (alias) records for your www host using your domain registrar: [Again, I have no idea what this is..or how to do what they’re asking..]

      What are these records? How do I create them…what do I do with them once they ARE created…???? I’ve tried looking online for some sort of ‘Google Adsense for Dummies’ but haven’t really been able to find anything that helps. I’m sure these are really simple and easy things Google is asking me to do..I just don’t understand their instructions.
      I’ve found where to edit the records, as google instructs, but now I’m encountering a new problem. The Host name/Alias that google wants me to use is ‘@’. But when I try to input that into the record, I’m told that it’s invalid. Is it not possible to use Google Adsense for Domains, when using a domain parked with Bravenet..? Or am I doing something wrong..????

    • Vultre9 says:

      September 2nd, 2012 at 2:43 am

      I have a website and my own cpanel. now the problem is my friend wants me to host her but i don’t really know how it works. she bought a domain name from godaddy.com . I tried the add on domain feature but it showed up this error

      Error from park wrapper: Using nameservers with the following IPs: 216.69.185.20,208.109.255.20 Sorry, the domain is already pointed to an IP address that does not appear to use DNS servers associated with this server. Please transfer the domain to this servers nameservers or have your administrator add one of its nameservers to /etc/ips.remotedns and make the proper A entries on that remote nameserver.

      how can i solve this? please help me :((

    • Ev dog says:

      October 2nd, 2012 at 12:29 am

      I’m trying to set up my moms website with webs.com. She was paying for another host(websighttonight with godaddy) but because of funds had to cancel that. So wanted to try using webs.com for awhile (free version) but thought I could use the current domain with the site there. How ever when I tried to ”attach” it told me to change server names, which I did. Then it said I had to pay! (now my name servers are changed and that can’t be good?) Can’t pay right now to upgrade. Iv signed up with places before (like forums) and you could put your own domain you owned up easily and free. It had to do with setting it up in the domain manager than on the other site..I think, I had step-by-step instructions to follow then..They have something else called transferring your domain to them but do you have to pay do that to?

      Is there away to make it so that when people go to http://www.MYDOMAINTHISISEXAMPLE.com that it will go to the free account http://www.MYDOMAINTHISISEXAMPLE.webs.com without have to pay for anything additional?

      Thanks!
      *The site is a website format vs a blogger format. Thanks though! 🙂

    • John G says:

      October 6th, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Is it at all possible? Yahoo is pushing for transferring a domain to Yahoo but reviews for their domain support are horrid, so we’ll do everything possible not to change a registrar. It’s been 90 hours since name servers were changed to Yahoo and our Yahoo store has been dead ever since. Any suggestions on how to get it up and running again? Yahoo customer service people seem clueless on what to do except to continue waiting on engineering team to remove the domain block. I spoke to at least five reps tonight and they all blame GoDaddy (our original registrar). But GoDaddy has confirmed at least three times the name servers were changed correctly and there are no blocks of any kind on their end. I’ve read some other people had similar domain issues dragging on for weeks with Yahoo and had to either find another hosting for their stores or roll back to their original registrar asap.
      Thanks Elevate! It looks as waiting wouldn’t help in this particular case. Apparently, I did something in GoDaddy controls that cleared the block on June 19. Yahoo said that name server changes were dated by GoDaddy on June 19. But I made and confirmed the changes with GoDaddy on June 15! What I did on June 19 was deleting an email box associated with this domain and unlocking the domain on GoDaddy’s page. My guess is that UNLOCKING domain did the trick. Although there might be something else that either Yahoo or GoDaddy don’t want me to know. Anyways, neither of them will tell you to unlock your domain before changing name servers and you could be sitting there with your broken site for weeks or even months! Needless to say that for four days of full inactivity our store lost most of traffic and 99% of normal sales. The worst part is that we are completely gone from Google and majority of search engines :((

    • Lasagna delivery guy says:

      October 11th, 2012 at 1:50 am

      Hello people, I want to start a blog but I am not sure if I can later rename it..this is my first question. My second question is can I transfer the content to another blog? Question3: Can I link later the blog to a website? Any more info about starting a blog will help. From your experience which blog-domains are the best? Can I buy the blog-domain from godaddy.com or yahoo or google? Thank you dearly.

    • Jeremy Xargor is my gamertag says:

      October 15th, 2012 at 4:26 am

      There are people helping me on how to convert my self hosted blogspot blog to wordpress. But my problem here is I got my domain name in Godaddy but I did it THROUGH Blogger. So that means I dont have an account in Godaddy and I cant access my FTP, etc as well.

      What can I do for me to transfer my self hosted blog from blogger to wordpress using THE SAME domain? Thanks for your time. I hope you can help me.

    • Malcolm Hudson says:

      October 19th, 2012 at 8:57 am

      I was thinking about buying a domain name for investment. I’ve read about the risks, etc– and I know they’re sometimes hard to re-sell. But I found a couple of “good ones” and I think I’d like to pay a little money to buy them and hold on to them for a year (or three or five).

      But my question is this– let’s say I buy a domain name through GoDaddy and hold on to it for three years. And finally someone wants to buy the domain at a price I am comfortable with….. what do I have to do? In other words, how do I transfer the domain from ME to THEM?

      Also, if you have bought and re-sold domain names before, I’d be interested to hear about your experiences.

      Thanks for reading… any and all answers are appreciated.

    • soccermaster1 says:

      October 23rd, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Hi, I have a domain name I got through Go Daddy. It is currently being hosted for free by Go Daddy, and as a result they have ads at the top of the page.
      I talked to my boss and he said i could host it on his server for free, I have the ftp login and password, and i know how to use the “manage sites” on dreamweaver to create a new site, but after that I am lost, I don’t know how I would transfer the “control” of the domain from godaddy to my boss’s hosting.
      I found on Go Daddy that it looks like it has something to do with nameservers (i don’t really understand what those are).

      Any help would be awesome. Thanks!

      P.S. For those curious, here is my lame site: http://www.rearviewminor.com, but I am redesigning it now that I kinda know what I’m doing

    • liza says:

      October 26th, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I want to basically find small coffee tables and buy in bulk. It would be expensive to go buy them at a furniture store. I just want the cut and shaved wood and I can stain and decorate them after putting them together.

    • Tyler H says:

      October 31st, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      I am trying to upload my site on godaddy but after uploading files i am not unable to see any changes on site that i had made. please guide me so that i can see my site live.

    • stephen m says:

      November 15th, 2012 at 3:52 am

      Hi, I am going to make a website for someone who currently has one set up with google sites. She said she paid google apps £10 to host it or something? I know how to transfer domain names to another host but I’ve never done it from google before. The way I’ve done it is with an authorisation code. Does anyone know how to get this from google??

    • Ray D says:

      November 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

      I know little about owning a domain name but I am transferring a domain name from someone else to myself with a code. I plan on using godaddy.com When I own a domain name, I have to pay yearly for it? It gives me a 1 year extension but what if I don’t renew? Someone else can just come and take my website?

    • nothin_nyce1 says:

      November 25th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      After all the negotiations, how does the buy actually get the new domain name?

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