That's a tricky one. I went through it just last week. I had a domain expire but it stayed live for 2 months. Finally it went dead but was put on hold and other registrars didn't have access to it. I had to renew with NSI.
I use bulkregister. Havent had any probs switching domains yet.<surprise>
NS is a joke. Bulkregister has a web based admin that you can even change the registrant. Try that at NS.
All you do is sign up with the new registrar and they will have an option "transfer domain" somewhere on their system. They will put in the transfer request with NS. Then NS will email the owner email on the Whois with a "please confirm transfer" Email. Acknowledge the confirm email, and it will then be transfered. That can take anywhere from a day, to a couple of weeks.
You need to request the transfer atleast 30-45 days before it is set to expire. NS can set on the transfer for up to 3-4 weeks and then bill you for a full year if you run over the expire date even 1 day.
I'm in a billing fight with them on 40 domains where transfer was requested 3 weeks ahead of the expire date. They didn't release the transfers until the day they expired. Now they want to charge me a whole year for those domains.
Thanks Brett... I guess it might be best to just go with NetSol for 1 more year then... I think I'm two weeks out from the expiration now. *urg*
I an a tech support rep at www.eyeondomain.com
so this is a biased answer, yet a valid one.
We have been transferring domains from NetSol
with great success even 45 days PAST domain expiration date!!!!
We just did that with datamicroimaging.com which is a domain of our client that expired in January 2001 in Network Solutions.
Based on our experience, Network Solutions is very efficient in approving transfers to our registry.
You simply hit TRANSFER DOMAIN button on our site, complete the form - MAKE SURE THAT ADMIN EMAIL ADDRESS IN NETWORK SOLUTIONS domain record is a current and valid one - THE SYSTEM EMAILS VERIFICATION OF THE TRANSFER REQUEST TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS - then you approve the transfer and Network Solution receives our authenticated transfer request and generally releases the domain name in about 2-3 business days.
There will always be exceptions:
Network Solutions will block the transfer if the domain is more than 45 days past it's expiry date - sometimes less - sometimes more...
Network Solutions will block the transfer if the domain is on hold because of ownership dispute.
Transfer will renew the domain name for additional year at $15
My web host provides domain registration (through Tucows), so I figured I'd consolidate everything in one place.
My host put the transfer request into NetSol themselves, and I got a 'transfer approved' email from NetSol three days later. No muss, no fuss.
Yep, we are Tucows as well, I that is one of the reasons the transfers process smoothly and efficiently. Tucows Registrar Systems are one of the best out there.
OK, glad I found this post [gotta love that search utility] I'm about to move a domain that was registered at BulkRegister ... what I'd like to do is just open an account at WestHost and select 'Have WestHost Transfer the Domain' Should this go smoothly??? Thanks.
Ooops, looks like I should use:
'Transfer domain to WestHost's Domain Registration Service'
on the form!
It says on the westhost site:
'Important Note: In order to transfer your registration to us you must submit your request to us at least 15 days before your domain name expires at its current registrar. If it's past that date you'll have to renew with the current registrar.'
But my domain only has a few days left... should I give it a go anyway?
Anyone had experience with this?
Every time a domain name with NSI comes within about 60 days of expiration, I move it over to GoDaddy. alway smooth, never a hitch, customer service has been very good, and it's 10 bucks a yer or something like that. I let one expire, with the intent to re-register it with GoDaddy, and NSI held it for about 2 months after expiration and then it got sucked up (by someone else) the second it they let it go.
OK, this didn't work. I couldn't remember if I registered it or if my host did that for me, but in any case WestHost won't transfer it because it's too close to the deadline. Guess I'll be emailing my current host :( Should I just ask them to point it to the new DNS??? Can they drop my account even if I've paid through the end of the month?
Transfers only take 5 days max. This is an ICANN requirement. Any Registrar that is not compliant is breaking an ICANN bylaw. Notfy ICANN if that happens.
If you transfer a domain to a new registrar, most will charge for a minimum 1 year registration, but will append that year onto your current registration period upon transfer... So if you renew your registration with your current registrar, and then immediately transfer with a 1 year registration to WestHost's registrar service, you should end up with approx. two years of domian registration paid up.
However, why not just shop around for the cheapest domain registration you can find after you renew with the current registrar? Your site host and domain registrar don't have to be the same person. The domain registrar just has to set your domain's DNS settings to your host's nameservers.
I've got nothing but good things to say about GoDaddy... they're cheap, and seem very efficient and reliable.
OK, I called my current web host and had them renew the domain since I don't wan to lose it. Thanks for the recommendations. Looks like there is a form on my current web hosts site that I can use to change where the domain points to, etc. Not sure if I'll use that or just register it at GoDaddy for another year so I can manage the domain myself and not have to call my current web host in another year...
I have a domain name (my company domain name) w/ Network Solutions that's up for renewal in June, so (after reading all the posts here about problems w/ NSI) I started the transfer process last Thursday.
The next day, I received a email from NSI stating (paraphrased), "We are making it easier for you to receive your billing statements by allowing you to change your billing address......log in to change your billing address, if necessary......if all the information is correct, do nothing.... Do not hit reply to this message....". All my info was correct and up to date, so I did nothing.
Yesterday, I receive a notice from the company trying to do the transfer, stating that the transfer failed because, "domain contacts did not respond to veri". That's not a typo, that was the extent of the message.
Now, either NSI didn't send me the verification email, or that *was* the verification email, and it was misleading.
I've emailed the company that was trying to do the transfer to see if they can help out. If not, I'll try the transfer again, and, if NSI sends that "Do nothing if your email is correct" message, I'll go back in and tweak my addresses.
It's making me nervous because of of the negative stories I've heard about NSI.
Don't know if anyone is still interested in this thread, but I need to share.
I called NS, who said they never received the transfer notice from my new registrar. The NS person was very nice, and seemed in disbelief that the new registrar would charge me anything for the transfer. I guess I assumed that everyone knew new registrars charge you for the 1 year renewal when you transfer.
I contacted my new registrar who said they'd look into it. It took a few weeks, but the new registrar came back and said, "try it again, we credited your account the amount we charged you for the initial transfer". I did, and the whole thing went through within a couple of days. Now, I'm a relieved, happy camper.
I have a firend who was recently introduced to the world of having one's domain stolen, and the myriad sleazy things a registrar (OK, not just "a" registrar, NetSol mostly) can do to make your domain owning life more difficult...
He said he was shocked that Network Solutions would be so underhanded, being the "big guys" and all. I reminded him of the long list of major corporations he hated for various underhanded activities, and reminded him that the internet is not an alternate universe, merely a quirky extension of the real world.
Glad to hear most people are having only minimal problems "moving on" after their relations with NetSol. :)
I was getting concerned because my domain name expires in June. After reading different posts, I thought they might keep me in limbo for a few months, until I'd have to pay another renewal fee.
Does NS still 'own' any domain names that are registered w/ them, or did they stop doing that?
Even after I switched from netsol they still send renewal notices etc.