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Transferring domains to new host

If I change the registrar and registrant simultaneously, what will happen?

9:13 am on Jun 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I have transferred two domains to another hosting company recently. Both domains were registered by the old host under anonymous registration. Originally, I only wanted to transfer the domains but not the domain registrations. But when I ask my old host to stop billing me the hosting of the two domains, they said they can cancel the domain registrations. I am worried that they will mess up with my domain registrations so I am thinking of transferring the domain registrations to the new host as well.

The problem is, my domains are using Registrar A, and the registrant is Host A (I use anonymous registration, so the old host is the registrant). If I transfer the domain registrations to the new host, they will use another Registrar, so my domains will be transferred to Registrar B, and the registrant will become Host B. However, the site content will remain the same. Will Google and other search engines consider this as a change of ownership and affect the ranking of my sites?

7:10 pm on June 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You can get some information about how Google handles whois changes in the Google Search forum, for example this recent thread:


As for transferring the domains, this is a good opportunity to separate your domain registration from your hosting provider - leaving all your eggs in the same basket is bad practice and can limit your options for moving between different hosting providers. Choose a good registrar independent from either your old or new hosts.