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    Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    Hello,

    I'm wondering if anyone has any advice (especially does and don'ts) on how to transfer a domain? Currently I'm using Netmondo as Registrar and hosting the domain. The domain and hosting are up for renewal soon. I'd like to transfer the hosting to Dreamhost as I have a spare domain with the package I have with them. I'd like to use another registrar other than Dreamhost - probably to one in Japan (where I live). I've never changed registrars before and I'm nervous about it. Are there any pitfalls?

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    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    Chris

    I have heard from a colleague that you have to read the small print on your current registrar (I have no knowledge of your current one this is just a general comment) as they sometimes charge for the transfer of a domain as they sometimes claim to own it!!!!!!

    So read your contract thoroughly before you make that move my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth
    Jerry

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    Re: Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    Thanks Jerry,

    Chance would be a fine thing! One of the reasons I want to move is that I don't find the help very helpful. I seem to have a contract that has an automatic renewal and I can't find a way to change that!

    Chris

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    Re: Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    Hi Chris

    I STRONGLY urge you to do a search for Netmondo+contract in Google and see what some of the other forums state, it does not make good reading <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>...sorry to break bad news to you!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    This is where SOME of the lower rates site "get ya". In the super fine print, one will find that you will NOT own the domain, but will be renting or leasing it. If one wants to move it, one will be required to buy it at the sellers price.

    Edit:
    I have my domain registry with one agency and the site hosted by another. But when I first registered my domain there was only one place to do this.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Tranferring Registrar and Domain

    Most registrars have automatic renewal; this is not limited to the less expensive ones: Register.com and Network Solutions do it, too. Generally, automatic renewal is better because if a third party snaps up the domain, it might be impossible to get it back.

    That said, if you don't like your registrar, it is fairly easy to transfer to a new one. It is helpful to do it as soon as you decide to change because a domain may become "locked" near its renewal time.

    While I'm not aware of any registrars that charge an "exit fee" to stop using their services, the market is very innovative, so odd fee arrangements wouldn't surprise me...

    Added: I have no idea which registrars in Japan have a good reputation. Googling for this kind of thing is not very helpful; you might try local professional associations of web developers, and/or look up the registrars used by leading companies in Japan.

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