If you have multiple domains spread out over different registrars, you should seriously consider transferring them all to one place. This is an often overlooked part of the upkeep of your digital presence and can help enhance your overall digital security. Transferring your domains is a pretty straightforward process and at Webnames.ca, we try to keep it as stress-free and seamless for you as possible.
Why should I transfer my domain names?
There are several reasons why you would want to transfer your domains. While this list isn’t exhaustive, we have outlined some important reasons why you should.
1 – Improved Security
An important thing that you should focus on when it comes to your domain names and website is security. There are so many things that could go wrong if you’re not staying on top of keeping your digital presence secure. At Webnames.ca, we offer a variety of domain and account security features to keep your domains and related services secure, including:
Single sign-on, two-factor authentication, and a unique security PIN for every account – available to every user and account for free.
Domain Privacy, Domain Expiry Protection, Registry/Registrar/Account Locks and Domain Name Monitoring for those wanting additional security for their domains and brands.
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2 – Lower Total Cost of Ownership & 1-Year Term Extension
Most domains cost less than $20.00 to transfer, with .CA and .COM transferring at just $17.00 per domain. Best of all, every domain transfer also includes a 1-year term extension on top of whatever time remains from the original registration term.
If transferring in brings the domain names in your account above 5, or you have an additional service like email or hosting, you also automatically get discounted domain pricing.
Regardless of where you are transferring, make sure you understand the renewal pricing and the new registration pricing of any registrar. Many registrars offer a low first-year promotional price, but it’s contingent on a 2 or 3 year term, or make it difficult to find transparent renewal pricing. If these are domain names you intend to keep, don’t forget to dig a bit deeper to figure out your total cost of ownership over 5 or 10-years.
3 – Best in Class Customer Service
From individual domain names to enterprise domain management, Webnames.ca has a deeply experienced customer support team that can answer all of your questions around transferring, or manage the entire transfer process (including your website) for you if you prefer.
We also offer support after your domains have been transferred. If you have a question, you can reach out to our bilingual support team who are located right here in Canada – every member of our team is a skilled technician with 5+ years of experience, making them able to resolve nearly any issue for you without escalation or being referred to another department. Our telephone response times average 60-90 seconds for customers who prefer to speak to an agent and we always take the time necessary to understand and resolve your issues. You don’t just have to take our word for it though, browse our client testimonials for yourself.
4 – Secure, Reliable Domain and Website Services
All registrars offer a range of services and features to their customers. If you don’t have all the features you want with your current registrar, especially around domain name management, you may want to consider taking advantage of all Webnames.ca has to offer.
In addition to free features such as URL/Domain Forwarding, URL Masking, Domain Parking and Email Channeling that are included with every domain name, Webnames’ offers industry leading DNS Hosting plans that instantly connect domains to a variety of services and allow you to configure virtually any DNS record you might need from ALIAS to RP.
We also offer Website Builders, Managed Hosting, Email, a vast selection of SSL / TSL certificates and much more, allowing you to consolidate all your services with Webnames whenever you’re ready to do so.
Want to move your website with your domain? Learn more about our no-downtime website migration service.
5 – Convenience
When you consolidate all your domains to one provider, your billing and expiration information will live in one place. This not only reduces the chance of missing renewal notifications and losing a domain name to inadvertent expiry, it allows you to maintain better oversight over all your domain names. Renewals become hassle free and if you have any questions or problems, you only have one company to get in contact with!
6 – Canadian Owned and Operated
In case you didn’t already know, for 22-years and counting Webnames has been Canadian owned and operated, with no plans of it being any other way. As we watch more registrars absorbed by the industry’s largest players, we are more committed than ever to our business model. While it’s possible that you might pay a few dollars more per year using us, we are confident of our value and our unrivaled industry expertise. We take pride in being agile and responsive to our customers’ needs, our ability to develop the world-class domain management tools because of our in-house software development team, having deeply experienced staff across all our departments, and maintaining a whole lot of happy customers for more than 20-years.
If you’re a small business person wanting to build something lasting or an IT professional in need of high performance domain, DNS and SSL management tools who is looking for a knowledgeable service provider you can trust to do things right, we’re a great match for you.
Domain Transfers As Easy As 1, 2, 3…
How do I transfer my domains to Webnames.ca?
Transferring most domain names is easy and can be done in 3 steps:
You can also follow this same process, but start right on our Domain Transfer Page:
For people who wish to transfer multiple domain names, there is a bulk transfer function on the page as well.
What is an authorization code and how do I get mine?
An authorization code, also known as an Extensible Provisioning Code (EPP), transfer code or transfer key is unique to each domain and was assigned by the registrar at the time the domain was registered. It’s typically made up of numbers, letters and special characters and it provides proof of ownership of that specific domain. It is only by using this code that domains names can be transferred to different registrars.
Some domain registrars will display your authorization code within your account, but in some cases, you will need to send them a request to obtain the code. If you’re unsure how to get your code, we have put together some information on how to transfer your domain away from some of the more common registrars we receive incoming transfers from.
How long does it take to transfer my domain names?
After your request is submitted, most domain transfers are completed within five calendar days. You should be aware that it can take up to seven days in some circumstances. For example, with .COM, .ORG and .NET domain extensions, the process will take five days provided there are no delays at the transferring registrar. If you are transferring a .ca domain, the process takes place immediately once verification is complete!
Uh oh… My domain is locked! What do I do?
A domain lock is a security setting that protects your domain against theft, transfers, deletions, and updates. Many registrars will lock domain names by default to prevent unauthorized transfer, while others offer additional domain lock products (e.g. Registry and Registrar Lock) that have multi-process unlocking procedures for the utmost security of important domains. Standard domain locks will need to manually disabled on your domain before transferring it. The best way to see if you can unlock it yourself is to log into your account and see if there’s a “lock”/”unlock” toggle associated with your domain name.
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Want to move your domains to Webnames? We are here to help.
Hosting your domain name with a trusted, reputable, reliable domain registrar is important for any business and having all of your domains consolidated in one account with powerful features makes managing them far easier. Make the move to Webnames today, get a year added to the remaining term left on your transferring domains, and join tens of thousands of happy Webnames customers.