Domain transfer

How can I transfer a domain name to Gandi?

There are lots of reasons you might want to transfer a domain name to Gandi. To make the process as smooth as possible, we have done everything we can to make domain transfer simple and intuitive, while also ensuring your domain transfer is fully secure. If you're ready for your domain transfer, there are a few things you need to do to get ready first.

Domain transfer to Gandi

Why should I transfer a domain name to Gandi?

When you transfer a domain name to Gandi, you will benefit from our prices, as well as every perk that comes with having a domain with us. If you use our Simple Hosting solution, having your domain at Gandi will make setting up your instance and automatically renewing your domain every year a lot easier. If you're moving your website at the same time as your domain transfer, this also makes your website transfer process simple and easy.

After a domain transfer, you will also automatically get access to our free email service, which includes two email addresses with 3 GB of storage each, and up to 1,000 aliases. With an email address at your domain like "yourname@example.com," your customers will better associate you with your website.

Additionally, at Gandi, when you transfer a domain name or purchase a new one, you get a Standard SSL certificate, free for one year. With an SSL certificate, you will get an encrypted connection to your server, an “https” prefix for your website address, and the lock icon will appear next to the address bar in browsers. All of this helps prove your website’s trustworthiness to your users and it's available when you transfer a domain name to Gandi.

What are the prerequisites for a successful domain transfer

While the process of a domain transfer is simple and intuitive, you should be aware of a few conditions your domain must fulfill to be eligible for a domain transfer.

It must be valid, and its expiration date has to be far enough into the future for it to remain valid throughout the domain transfer process. An expired domain, or one that would expire during a domain transfer is not eligible. It must also have been properly registered, and should display the proper contact information in the WHOIS at the time you start your domain transfer. You can make sure that these are correct by looking it up in the WHOIS directory before you transfer a domain name. The email address associated to your domain in the WHOIS when you launch the domain transfer is the one we will contact when you request a domain transfer, so make sure it’s set up correctly and will be active throughout the domain transfer.

Finally, your domain's protection against domain transfer needs to be disabled by the registrar it’s currently registered with (depending on the domain ending). This protection prevents an unauthorized person from trying to steal your domain name using the domain transfer process, but it also prevents legitimate domain transfer requests from going through if it isn't deactivated before you transfer a domain name.

Please note: a domain transfer is not a website transfer. If you have a website hosted on your domain name, when you transfer a domain name, you will need to do a website transfer separately. A website transfer can either mean updating your domain's DNS to point to your existing hosting after the domain transfer, or migrating your website to new hosting.

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FAQ/frequently asked questions

You only need to do a few essential tasks in order to get your website online:

  1. Register a domain name
  2. Choose your hosting
  3. Configure your hosting with our CMS creation process

At Gandi, enjoy a web development environment adapted to your needs thanks to our PaaS hosting services. Here's how to get a PaaS server up and running in just a few minutes. If you're doing a website transfer, you'll probably need to migrate your site to a Gandi Simple Hosting PaaS instance.

Choose an email address based on your domain and take advantage of secure email accounts that let you easily manage your emails on any platform. Our email hosting options:

  • Standard
  • Premium

When you do a domain transfer to Gandi, you get two email addresses with 3 GB of data storage — free!

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