If you have more than one domain name, you probably know
that it can sometimes be a headache keeping track of which names are registered
where, and when they expire. Here in customer support, we will occasionally get
asked “Is there any way to make all my domains expire on the same day?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t. There is, however, a way to make your domain
management easier – and the first step to doing that is to consolidate your
domain name portfolio with one registrar.
The advantages of having everything under one roof are
First – You get to log into one account and all your domains are there. At
a glance you can see when they expire, which ones have services, update any
contact or billing information. No more worrying about whether a wayward domain
registered on a whim 5 years ago will be missed or overlooked.
Second – You
might qualify for better pricing starting with just 5 domains in your
portfolio. So consolidating your domains will not only make life easier, but
also can save you money!
And third – You can put an end to wondering if those
“renewal notices” from companies like Domain Registry of Canada and others are
legit. Get a domain-related piece of mail that isn’t from Webnames.ca? Then it
goes directly into the recycling bin. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.
Most people imagine that transferring a domain name is a
headache. And why wouldn’t they? Ever switched your cable/internet from one
company to another? What about switching your bank account from one bank to
another? Those companies run promotions and offer incentives to transfer your
business to them because they know it can be a headache and people don’t want
the hassle. Domain names are no different, although the degree of headache hinges
on a few things.
To transfer your domain name, it has to meet the criteria:
- It must be unlocked at the current registrar
- You must be in possession of the authorization code
- The administrative contact information must be accurate
- It cannot be expired (with the exception of .ca
It seems like a long list, but it really isn’t that bad. Most
registrars provide an online management interface that allows you to do items
1 to 3 on your own. And as long as you initiate the transfer in advance of the
domain’s expiration date, you can avoid item 4 altogether.
There is a cost for the domain transfer (varying by domain
extension, but as low as $13 for .ca, .com etc.), and the domain gets renewed
for an additional year as a result of the transfer. Your domain will keep its
existing term, so you can transfer it at any time. For instance, if your domain
expires on Dec. 1, 2014, after the transfer, its new expiration date will be
Dec. 1, 2015.
I could do my darnedest to convince you why you should
transfer your domains to Webnames.ca, but if you’re reading our blog, chances
are you’re probably already familiar with our products, our customer service
and our reputation. Recently, we revamped our domain transfer system to be more
robust, allowing customers to transfer many domains at once, as well as monitor
the status of those transfers online. But if you still need convincing, or have
questions about transferring your domains, give one of our agents a call.
It isn’t really as big of a challenge as it may seem to bring all your domains
under one roof!