Transferring an Australian Domain To Or Away From Ozhosting
Posted by Doug Endersbee on 18 May 2012 02:36 PM
The first thing to understand about transferring a domain name away from a domain hosting company is that your existing host cannot easily stop or frustrate the process.
Some Frequently Answered Questions Re Domain Names
Q: Can I purchase the domain name from one hosting company and immediately transfer to another one?
A: No. You must wait at least 60 days before the Central Registry will allow the transfer to proceed and your hosting company has no influence on this. We dont have an official reason why but this probably stops fraud where someone buys a domain name and then transfers it away before its apparent that their payment cannot be processed.
Q: There are some really cheap domain hosting companies - shouldn't I just transfer all my domain names to the cheapest?
A: Some of the cheap guys have hidden charges and are not cheap at all. For example when you buy a domain name you may actually want to use it! Yes, you may want to use it for email (eg. email@example.com) and therefore need to add a mail exchange (MX) record, or use it for your website and therefore add an A record so the domain points to your website, or use it to confirm ownership of the domain name for a purpose like Google Analytics tracking and therefore add a text (TXT) record. At Ozhosting you can log into your domain and edit any of these domain records as required. Some domain hosting companies lock the owner out of this area and charge you to access these services - making the domain hosting much more expensive.
Q: Who is the nominated contact for my domain name?
A: Hopefully you! But you can check using a lookup service such as https://whois.auda.org.au/. Check the email address and make sure its still accessible and if its a tech support company get them to forward the email to you promptly.
Q: What do I do if I cannot get the authorisation code from where the domain is currently registered?
A: You can bypass your current provider by going to AusRegistry (provided it is a ".au" domain) to recover your password or authorisation code so you can proceed with the transfer. The current link (in 2018) is; https://afilias.com.au/about-au/domain-pw-recovery. Note, this will send the email to the admin email address of record so you must have access to that email address! For non-Australian domains you may need to talk to us about tracking down registrar and the authorisation code.