Domain Transfer

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to us.

Starting at $7.95 for .com with 1-year .

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How does a free domain sound?

If you've got a website, transfer your hosting to us & enjoy your domain .

Popular top level domains we can transfer.

How to transfer your domain name to HostGator.

The transfer checklist

Domain transfers aren't done immediately. Before hitting the gas, you gotta get your ducks in a row and ensure your domain is ready for the transfer. This protects your domain from unwanted transfers by people who are, like... not you.

So how do you get started? First, we recommend going through our domain transfer checklist. Once those items are done, you're ready to begin the transfer process on this page. Need help? Call us or jump into our Live Chat.

A few tips before you transfer:

Valid domain


The domain must be valid and registered with another registrar.

60+ days


The domain must have been registered for a minimum of 60 days.

Domain unlocked


The domain must be in an unlocked status with the current registrar.

Privacy disabled


Domain Privacy must be disabled so we can verify your ownership.

Transfer code


You must obtain an authorization code from the current registrar.

Get a ton more out
of your domain.

Domain locking

Prevent unauthorized transfers of your domain names, & retain control to unlock domains if you so please.


If you forget to renew your domain, you could lose it (gasp!). That's why we set up auto renew, so you don't gotta worry.

Easy management

Our control panel is designed for ease of use. Manage your online awesomeness from one single dashboard.

Privacy protection

For a small fee, you can protect your personal information from being publicly available on the WHOIS database.

DNS management

Route your DNS to us, another host, dedicated IPs, the moon — wherever you'd like (minus the moon part).

Email forwarding

If you'd like, automatically forward any of your domain's email addresses to any other valid email address.

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Got questions?
Well, we've got answers.

  • Why should I transfer my domain?

    Transferring your domain name to HostGator means you'll not only receive an additional year on the , but also the convenience of managing your domains and hosting (as well as the related billing) from a single location. It's like decluttering your online closet.

  • How do I transfer a domain name to HostGator?

    First, you gotta unlock your domain name and acquire the transfer authorization code. There's a few other things you should do to prep your domain, so we recommend checking out the full checklist here. You might also find this article helpful.

    Once your domain is ready to go, start the transfer process by searching for your domain at the top of this page. We'll take care of most of the transfer for you! Of course, if we do require anything further from you, we'll be in touch.

  • How do I link my domain to a new web host?

    First, you gotta unlock your domain name and acquire the transfer authorization code. There's a few other things you should do to prep, so we recommend visiting our Knowledge Base to learn all the steps needed to transfer your domain. You may also want to visit our blog to learn how to change your name servers.

  • How long does a domain transfer take?

    This depends on how quickly your current domain registrar responds to our requests. Given all the variables involved, the best estimate to complete the process is roughly 5-7 days, give or take, more or less, and more often than not.

    Rest assured, we do everything within our power to ensure a quick domain transfer process and we will always reach out to you in the event we need to.

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