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No transfer fee
Your domain transfer is free when you pay for a 1-year domain term upfront with IONOS.
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Build your brand with an email address that matches your domain, including a 2 GB mailbox.
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First, verify that your domain is unlocked and transferable. Next, ask your current provider for a transfer authorisation code.
Enter your domain in the field above and we'll walk you through the rest of the process.
Add your transfer code on the next page and then confirm your transfer by clicking an email link.
Ensure that your domain has been registered for at least 60 days prior to your transfer and that it is "unlocked" for transfer.
Update your admins/ownership information if needed. You should do this before you transfer for a much easier experience.
Back up any of your content or data that you have with your existing hosting or domain provider.
Get an authorisation code (also called a transfer key or EPP) from your existing registrar or hosting provider. This will start the transfer.
If you move your domain from one provider to another you're transferring your domain.
Why do people transfer their domain? Domain providers offer different features and services for any given domain name. Usually, it's about value. Customers transfer their domain to providers like IONOS to add value to their domain name.
While all ICANN domains are transferrable, other domains have restrictions or other special conditions. Country code TLDs or (ccTLDs), like Colombia's .co or Canada's .ca domain extensions, may have different transfer policies. The .xyz extension also has special rule regarding transfers. Blockchain domains, like .crypto, .bitcoin, and .wallet, are currently not eligible for transfer at IONOS.
If you have any questions, our transfer experts would be happy to help!
To transfer your domain you'll need the authorisation code from your current provider and the current email address associated with your account. Double check you have access to this email account, because you'll receive your code in this mailbox. We recommend that you back up all the content on your existing domain, as this will not be transferred to your new host.
Since your website must be hosted on a domain, it's important to ensure that your domain provider is the best choice for both you and your business. Your provider should meet all your company needs and provide 24/7 service.
If not, it's worth considering transferring your domain name. The features offered, the quality of those features, the level of service, reliability, and price can vary greatly. So, before you transfer, it's a good idea to explore different providers.
If you're looking for a cheap domain transfer, you're in the right place. Regardless of why you're transferring your domain, we don't charge any domain transfer fees and there are no added costs for moving your domain at any time. You only have to pay for the first year of registration.
The registration process with IONOS takes just a few minutes, but it's important that you enter your authorisation code and other information correctly. If you do that, the entire process usually takes between 24 and 48 hours.
If we have to verify or correct information for you, it may take up to 7 days for your transfer to go through.
As long as your actual domain name doesn't change and you follow the steps above, your SEO ranking shouldn't be affected by your domain transfer.
We recommend waiting to cancel your previous account until your domain transfer to IONOS is complete. This way, your site remains online throughout the transition period.
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