HostMonster Web Hosting Help

Transfer a Domain

Summary

It is NOT required to transfer your domain's registration to the HostMonster registrar. You may host any domain with us by simply contacting your current registrar and pointing the name servers to us. Currently, our service will accept domain transfers for the following domains: .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, and .info.

Hosting Domain Names with HostMonster

If the domain is not already assigned to your HostMonster account, please first review the helpdesk article: "How to assign domains to my hosting account".

It is NOT required to transfer your domain's registration to the HostMonster registrar. You may host any domain with us by simply contacting your current registrar and pointing the name servers to us. Pointing the name servers to us will NOT automatically transfer the domain's registration.

The HostMonster nameservers are:

  • Primary Server Hostname:
    ns1.HostMonster.com


  • Secondary Server Hostname:
    ns2.HostMonster.com

Once you have made this change, allow 24-48 hours for the changes to update across DNS resolvers worldwide, and your domain will be pointed to us.

Note: We highly recommend pointing the name servers to us before initiating a registration transfer. Transfers can take 3-10 days to complete; during this time the name servers cannot be modified. If you point the name servers to us before starting a transfer, your domain will be pointed to us during the duration of the transfer and your site will show what is on HostMonster's servers.

How To Transfer The Domain Registration To HostMonster

  1. Contact the current registrar to unlock the domain and retrieve the EPP or Authorization code.
  2. Make sure the whois contact information is correct as we will be sending a verification code to the email address listed. If domain privacy is "on" this will not work, please turn off privacy before this step.
  3. Log into your HostMonster cPanel and click the Domain Manager tab at top of the screen.
  4. Select the domain you wish to transfer from the list.
  5. To the right of the domain, under the "Main" sub-tab, click on the link "Transfer this domain to your account"
  6. Read the information presented and provide the EPP code then click continue.
  7. We will now send an email containing a second verification code to the administrator email address. If you do not have access to this email address, contact the current registrar and update the WHOIS contact information.
  8. Enter the second verification code and click continue.
  9. Select the options you require for nameservers, Autorenewal, Contact Information, Privacy and agree to the Terms of Service. Click "Add transfer to shoppingcart"
  10. Complete the checkout process

Note: These are a few points to keep in mind when transferring your domain name registration.