Awhile back, I registered a few domains at Yahoo! Small Business because they were offering an unbeatable deal at the time. I registered 3 domains for 10 years at $1.99/year or something absurd like that. The problem is that I have about 20 other domains hosted at GoDaddy.com and I’d prefer to get all of my domains over to GoDaddy, just for ease of management and access. Plus, I really like GoDaddy’s domain administration features much more than Yahoo’s domain management features.
So what’s the problem? The problem is that Yahoo! provides you no way to transfer domains away from them. At least within my account. I have found a nice little “help” page on Yahoo Small Business, however, all of the instructions on transferring the domain are unable to be followed because the links and buttons that it tells you to click within your account are not there. Here is the text from the How do I transfer my domain to a new registrar page of Yahoo Small Business Help:
How do I transfer my domain to a new registrar?
If you’d like to transfer your domain away from Yahoo!, we strongly recommend transferring your domain before you cancel. (Trust us, this will save you headaches in the long run.)
If you’re ready to transfer your domain:
- Verify that it’s at least 60 days after your domain registration date.
In accordance with ICANN rules, you cannot transfer your domain to another provider until 60 days after your domain registration date.
- Make sure your domain is unlocked.
For your security, locked domains cannot be transferred. If your domain is locked, visit your Domain Control Panel and click the “Edit Domain Locking” link. Learn more.
- Check your administrative contact email address.
Your new provider will send an email to your domain administrative contact to confirm your domain transfer. If you can’t receive the confirmation, you won’t be able to complete the transfer! Learn how to update your contact information.
- Get your authorization code.
To find your authorization code, head to your Domain Control Panel, and click the “View Your Authorization Code” link. On the following page, you’ll see your unique domain authorization code. Print this code, as you’ll need it to give to your new provider. Learn more.
- Contact your new provider.
When you’re ready, contact your new provider to begin the transfer process. Be sure to have your authorization code handy, as your new provider will need it to verify the move.
- Cancel your plan.
Once your transfer is complete, we’ll send you an email confirming the transfer. (You can also check this status with your new provider. The transfer should be complete in five to nine days.) When you receive this confirmation, you may cancel your plan. Note that Yahoo! does not automatically cancel your service when you transfer your domain.
Note: Some hosting providers cannot manage domain registrations. If you’d still like to use your domain with this kind of provider, you can redirect, or redelegate, your Yahoo! name servers to point to that provider. In this case, do not cancel your plan, as you’ll need it to continue managing your domain through Yahoo!; instead you may downgrade to a Yahoo! Domains plan.
The above page can be found at: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/domains/authcode/authcode-04.html
If you have dealt with Yahoo and transferring domains away from them, I’d love to hear your comments and input. I can’t stand using their interface and would love to get my domains away from them ASAP. Please help!