Transferring Domain Names
A "domain name" is leased from a registrar
and hosted by the domain name host. In most instances, an
approved registrar will also serve as the domain name host, with
the A records for the domain name pointing to the location hosting
the related website. (See Understanding
Domain Name Records).
In some situations, a website host will also manage the domain
name. If a website is moved, and if the former website host is
also hosting the domain name, then you will need to make a decision
about the domain name and who will host it.
Sigma One Group handles domain name sales, hosting and management.
Letting Domain Names Expire
If you fail to renew a domain name, it will begin to lapse, and
if you do not recover it from its lapse state, then it will become
available on the open market. As well, any goodwill or search
engine rankings earned with the domain name will also disappear.
Selling Domain Names
If your domain name has earned a tremendous amount of goodwill
or favor in the search engines, you may want to sell it. If you
are selling the business, you should consult with your attorney
to determine if the appropriate valuation has been placed on the
domain name of your business, if it is included in the sale, or
if there are any restrictions on its use.
Transferring A Domain Name
Each domain registrar provides conditions and terms that apply
to domain transfers. If the domain is locked, it cannot be transferred
until it is unlocked. Most registrars provide a special code that
can be used to transfer a domain name. That code is required for
automatic transfers. To conduct an automatic transfer, refer to
your domain name host's website or contact them. Most registrars
also provide a means by which you can authorize transfers via
fax. In almost all instances, a registrar requires verification
of a transfer from the administrative or technical contact of
the domain name. That verification can be handled via email or
fax. If email verification is chosen, then the verification request
will be sent to the email address listed with the domain. If you
do not have access to the email account listed with the domain
(which usually is a violation of the registrar's terms that require
you provide an updated email address annually), you should change
the email address before beginning the transfer process. If you
fail to change the email address BEFORE the process begins, you
will not have access to do so. In other words, once the transfer
begins, the domain is locked until the transfer is completed.