When managing your domain name, there are two actions that often get mixed up: Transferring a domain VS changing your nameservers. We will discuss the difference in this article.
Transferring a Domain
When you purchase a domain, it belongs to you for the entirety of the purchase cycle (1 year, 2 years, etc). During this time you have the freedom to have your domain registration with any domain registrar you would like. For example, if you have an existing domain with GoDaddy and purchase hosting from Create, you have the option of moving your domain registration to Create to be billed alongside your hosting account.
This process will only change the company that holds your domain registration. It does not change your DNS, and there should not be any downtime on your website when you transfer a domain.
In order to transfer a domain, it has to be at least 60 days old & unlocked at the registrar. Once this is done, you have to collect the unique EPP key specific to that domain from your existing registrar. You will need this to initiate the transfer at the new registrar. After you have the EPP Key, the total process can take up to 7 days to complete.
Updating the nameservers on your domain is a much simpler process and is used to point a domain to a hosting account. You can do this by simply logging into your domain dashboard, either with Create or another registrar and updating the two NS records, which usually look something like:
This allows you to host wherever you want independently from your domain registration.