If you’re not too keen on your domain registrar and are considering transferring your domain using Wix, you’ve come to the right place.
One of the first, but often understated, steps to creating an engaging website is choosing the right domain name. Since the best domain names sell like hotcakes if you don’t grab your cut soon, you’ll either have to settle for the second best choice or pay a high price if the owner is willing to sell it.
However, finding the right domain won’t be enough if your current domain provider doesn’t provide the services and support you need. Although we often see a domain name registrar and web hosting services combined, this is not a rule – you can choose one provider for the site and another for the domain.
Also, although some providers send a technical team to handle the domain transfer for you, this is not the case with most pocket picks. So, to give you a hand, we’ll go through the steps of transferring a domain name and since Wix is one of the most popular website builder solutions out there, we’ll be using Wix.
Does Wix charge for domain transfer?
Although Wix does not charge for domain name transfers per se, for them to be “free” you must purchase at least one additional year of domain registration. However, we must point out that Wix will not directly charge you any additional fees for transferring your domain to this one.
The cheapest and most basic “premium” site builder plan with Wix is ”Connect Domain” and for $4.50 per month it will give you the option to transfer and use your own domain, but it is comes with severe restrictions (a measly 1GB of bandwidth and 500MB of storage space) and Wix branding.
So if you think about the overall cost, that’s the bare minimum you need to buy to be able to transfer your domain name to Wix – plus an extra year of domain registration.
How to Transfer Your Domain with Wix
If you want to transfer your domain for an external source to your Wix site, the first thing to do is go to the Wix dashboard and check if there is a suggestion for you to do so on the Wix site page. welcome – this should be correct in the “Suggestions for you” section.
If there isn’t, go to “Settings” in the left sidebar, then to “Website Settings” and scroll down until you see the “Site Address (URL)” section. where you will access the “Custom Domain” link. .
This will take you to another page and give you the option to choose between buying a new domain, connecting a domain you already own, and transferring a domain – tap the last one.
After that, enter the name of the domain you wish to transfer, click on the drop-down menu to select where the domain was purchased from, then press “Continue”.
Now you’ll want to log in to your domain name registration account, do the same with your Wix account, and click the “I’ve logged in” button.
Next, unlock your domain in your domain name registration account, then do the same in your Wix account and click “I unlocked it”.
After getting the authorization codes from your domain name registrar and Wix accounts, paste them into the “Enter Authorization Code” fields and click the “Continue” button.
Here you need to select an extension period of at least one year and click “Continue” again. If you’re lucky enough to have a free domain voucher, that’s where it applies and it does it automatically.
Once done, you can choose between two privacy options: private registration (which means your name and address will not appear in WHOIS domain information records) and public registration (which means that your details will be publicly available as part of WHOIS domain information records). As always, then click “Continue”.
After that, you will be asked to choose your payment method (where all major credit/debit cards are supported as well as PayPal and SEPA debit payments for some countries) and make a purchase.
How long does it take to transfer a domain with Wix?
As soon as your request is submitted, you will receive an email from Wix confirming that they have received it and the transfer has been initiated.
While in our Wix Dashboard (as well as the Wix Knowledge Base) it is stated that our domain transfer can take up to seven days, in practice it shouldn’t take more than five days if any is going as planned.
Which domain extensions can be transferred to Wix?
As of this writing, only domains with the following extensions can be transferred to Wix: “.com, .org, .net, .biz, .info, .co, .tv, .guru, .email, .expert, .photography, .pictures, .space, .rocks .tokyo, .xyz., .company, .club, .solutions, .today, .technology, .tips, .center, .directory, .ninja, .photos, .land , .agency , .gift, .holiday, .christmas, .top, .design, .london, .online, .org, .party, .site, .store, .shop, .wiki, .mx and .website.
Additionally, it is currently not possible to transfer a Network Solutions domain to Wix. However, you can still connect a Network Solutions domain to your Wix site using name servers.
Transferring a Domain from GoDaddy to Wix
To start the domain transfer process, you must first obtain the authorization code (EPP) from your GoDaddy domain registrar and you can do so by following a few simple steps.
First, log into your GoDaddy account and find the username at the top corner of the page. Next, select the “My Products” section and click the “Manage” button next to the domain you wish to transfer. Then locate the “Additional settings” section and click the “Get authorization code” button – it will be sent to your email address.
We should note that if you registered the domain name recently, it will not be available for transfer for the first 60 days – so the second best option is to connect it instead.
After that, the transfer process follows the same path as with all other domain name registrars and as discussed in one of the previous chapters.
There are many reasons why you would want to register your domain name with GoDaddy rather than Wix and most of these reasons stem from the fact that domains from GoDaddy are very reasonably priced.
So if you’re still thinking about transferring your old domain to Wix, get your hands dirty and get started right away – or, if you registered your domain just minutes ago, add a reminder to do so in 60 days or so. .