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Topic # 162039 27-Jan-2015 13:58
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Move Your Domain Day.

Move .com domains for $3.98 and get a yea free. Funds raised go to EFF.

Scroll down to "How to transfer" for more information and links to FAQ.





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  Reply # 1223276 27-Jan-2015 14:03
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More hassle than it is worth to save a few dollars IMO. Also there is a risk of the domains nameservers changing, or losing any custom  DNS setting you have setup with your old registrar, as they may delete them once you transfer out, so people should take extreme care when transferring domains, especially international ones.

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  Reply # 1223475 27-Jan-2015 19:25
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mattwnz: More hassle than it is worth to save a few dollars IMO. Also there is a risk of the domains nameservers changing, or losing any custom  DNS setting you have setup with your old registrar, as they may delete them once you transfer out, so people should take extreme care when transferring domains, especially international ones.


If you're pointing your domain to your host's DNS servers (or a third party DNS service) there's almost no risk. I've transferred a bunch of domains all over the place, and never had the nameservers changed as part of the transfer process.




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  Reply # 1223485 27-Jan-2015 19:33
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I have had a name server cockup once with some stupid signup process that redisplayed a form because it wasnt happy with my phone number, and in the process re-ticked the bundled stuff for domain parking, which took over the DNS from the entries I had specified.

Cant recall the register but it was one of the weird ones since it was for an obscure TLD. Ive since moved all my weird ones to a single place which seems to work ok - 101domain.




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  Reply # 1223700 28-Jan-2015 00:08
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mattwnz: More hassle than it is worth to save a few dollars IMO. Also there is a risk of the domains nameservers changing, or losing any custom  DNS setting you have setup with your old registrar, as they may delete them once you transfer out, so people should take extreme care when transferring domains, especially international ones.


If you're pointing your domain to your host's DNS servers (or a third party DNS service) there's almost no risk. I've transferred a bunch of domains all over the place, and never had the nameservers changed as part of the transfer process.


Usually there isn't, however sometimes by default when transferring, the registrar will have 'change DNS settings' on transfer. No such a problem with .nz ones, because the transfer is usually instant (depending on using a good registrar whose system do it instantly...not all do), and you can quickly change them back if you make that error. But international ones can take a few days in some cases, where you can't edit them.
But many people these days do use the DNS servers of the registrar to setup A Records and CNAMES to different servers, and some registars will delete these upon transfer, if the domain isn't with them. I just wouldn't recommend transferring domain to someone who didn't know what they were doing. To save a few bucks isn't really worth it, and you also have to look at things like support, and where the company is based. NZ businesses probably want to use a NZ company to make sure they can easily contact the registrar during NZ business hours easily.

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  Reply # 1223701 28-Jan-2015 00:11
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How much would it be after the first year free? $30?




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  Reply # 1223703 28-Jan-2015 00:15
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sonyxperiageek: How much would it be after the first year free? $30?


That's another thing to look at, although I guess you could transfer away before then.I think some will have some form of graceperiod preventing you transferring within a certian period of time.  But always read the fine print. Some charge huge fees if the domain expires and you want to renew it, while others have a grace period before they charge such a fee. I think the additional fees are where some registrars make their money.

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  Reply # 1223704 28-Jan-2015 00:17
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Exactly. That's what happens with most GoDaddy domains and their (bewildering) discounts. The next year they charge at regular fees which is like 6x the discounted price! Then there's the grace period before you can transfer the domain away...




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  Reply # 1224258 28-Jan-2015 18:09
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mattwnz:
sonyxperiageek: How much would it be after the first year free? $30?


That's another thing to look at, although I guess you could transfer away before then.I think some will have some form of graceperiod preventing you transferring within a certian period of time.  But always read the fine print. Some charge huge fees if the domain expires and you want to renew it, while others have a grace period before they charge such a fee. I think the additional fees are where some registrars make their money.


Namecheap is one of the better registrars (price-wise), although not nearly the best. Around $11-$13 for .com/.net.




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