A brief guide to transferring your new domain
When you purchase a name from Novanym, we will transfer the .com address (called a Domain) from our control, to yours.
The registration of all domains is managed by a number of authorised Domain Name Registrars - so you will need to appoint your own Domain Name Registrar before we can transfer the domain from our own Domain Name Registrar, to yours.
The transfer of a domain follows a set procedure, which we have outlined below:
- You purchase the name from Novanym.
- As soon as your payment is received, Novanym will ‘unlock’ the domain with our Domain Name Registrar (1and1.co.uk, or GoDaddy.com). This allows the transfer process to begin.
- Our Domain Name Registrar will provide us with an Authorisation Code (a complex string of letters and digits, unique to every domain), which we will send to you by email.
- You instruct your chosen Domain Name Registrar to accept a Domain Transfer (sometimes called a 'Transfer In'). Find the Transfers section of your chosen Domain Name Registrar's website and enter your new domain name in full (including the .com part). During the next stages, you will be asked to provide the Authorisation Code we have supplied to you.
- Your Domain Name Registrar will send an email to Novanym or to Bond Branding (Novanym’s sister company) asking us to authorise the Transfer, which we will do upon receipt.
- Depending on the Domain Name Registrar you have chosen, we may be sent an additional 'Verification Code', 'Transaction ID' or 'Security Code', which we will forward on to you, so that you can provide this when requested. GoDaddy, for instance, operate this two-tier system.
- The Transfer process will now begin. This process usually takes about 7 days to complete, but can very occasionally take up to 10 days.
- On completion, your chosen Domain Name Registrar will now take control of the management of your Domain, and will provide you with access to a control panel or administration centre. This is where you can adjust the DNS Settings, so that your domain name is linked to your website. It is also where you can set up an email account for your new domain name.
The actual Transfer process varies slightly from one Domain Name Registrar to another. We have no affiliation with any particular Domain Name Registrar, but if you choose to, you can start the Transfer process with one of the leading Domain Name Registrars from these links:
Some, but not all, Domain Name Registrars make a small charge for transferring in a domain. They will all charge a modest fee to manage your registration, which you will have to pay annually to retain ownership of the domain.
Although many companies combine a Domain Name registration service with a Web Hosting and Mail Hosting service, the management of a Domain Name is completely separate from the Hosting of a website and email.
A Domain Name simply gives your website an address on the internet, and also allows you to create an email account using that domain name. Therefore a Domain Name Registrar will allow you to link your Domain Name with your website, even if your website and email are hosted by another organisation. In fact, your Domain Name, web hosting and email hosting could be managed by three separate providers.
Confused by any jargon or terminology? Take a look at our basic Glossary of terms used during the transfer of domain names.