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How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap and other registrar?

In this article, I will guide you how to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap. Transfer domains from GoDaddy to another registrar is very similar.
How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap?
I have been using GoDaddy as the primary registrar for about 8 years. It is really the N0.1 domain registrar in the world and I still have many domains there, except that the price is quite expensive. That is why I decided to transfer most of my domains to Namecheap - the N0.2 registrar in the world.

Some Advantages of Namecheap

- It is much cheaper than GoDaddy ( .COM domain at Namecheap costs about $8 - $9/year, in comparison to about $14/year at GoDaddy)
- Free Whois Privacy Protection (that costs about $8/year addition in GoDaddy)
- Easy accept Paypal as a payment method (GoDaddy only accept Visa/Mastercard as payment methods in most their promotion campaigns)
- And, about service quality, in my opinion, Namecheap and GoDaddy are the same - they are top domain registrars in the world

How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap?

Following these easy steps to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap:
1. Preparation (unlock your domain in GoDaddy...)
2. Request Auth Code (transfer code) from GoDaddy
3. Add your domain to Namecheap
4. Verify email authorization 
5. Accept domain transfer away from GoDaddy
6. Re-check the domain contact and DNS record at Namecheap
Done!!
I will guide you these steps in detail in below:

1) Prepare to transfer a domain out from GoDaddy

In this step, you will have to disable Whois Privacy Protection (if have) and Unlock your domain
- Login to your GoDaddy account;
- Next to Domains, click Manage:
- Scroll to the setting "Domain lock" then click to Unlock
Prepare to transfer a domain out from GoDaddy
(If you use Whois Privacy Protection service in GoDaddy, you also have to disable it)

2) Request Auth Code (transfer code) from GoDaddy

- In the domain Manager page (the above image), you will find the label "Transfer domain away from GoDaddy";
- Click on this link then fill the reason why you transfer your domain from GoDaddy (anything!)
- Then click the button "Continue with transfer"
=> You will receive an email with the Auth Code
Request Auth Code (transfer code) from GoDaddy

3) Add your transfer domain to Namecheap

- Go to Namecheap.com domain transfer page, input your domain name then click Transfer
- In the Checkout progress, you can input the coupon FCDISCOUNT to get 20% discount. With this COUPON, a .COM domain costs only $8.08 total. (Note: the promotion can finish at any time)
- You can process the payment via Paypal, VISA/Mastercard or Namecheap's Balance
Add your transfer domain to Namecheap

4. Verify email authorization

- After step 3 completed, you will have an authorization email, just click the link from the email
- Choose "I Approve" then click Submit
Verify email authorization

5. Accept domain transfer away from GoDaddy

- After the above step, your domain will be automatically transferred away from GoDaddy to Namecheap after 4 days.
- But you should go to GoDaddy and Accept the Transfer manually.
- By accepting it, your domain will be moved to Namecheap almost immediately.
Accept transferring the domain away from GoDaddy

6. Re-check the domain contact and DNS record at Namecheap

- After transferring your domain to Namecheap successfully, you should re-check (verify) the domain contact and all the DNS records to ensure your website work perfectly.

Tutorial video: Guide how to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Namecheap and other registrar?

All done, cheers!!

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