How to transfer your domain name from BluDomain, or others, to yourself.

Almost daily I am working with a website owner whose domain name is owned by someone else.  This means that the website’s and the business owner’s internet business identity and a main channel of their internet based communication is out of their control. I come across a lot of these situations with BluDomain website owners as well as sites provided by Dex and others. For more reasons why you need to have your domain name in your name and control check out my previous post “BluDomain owns over 17,000 domain names. Why yours should not be one of them.

This is not done maliciously, it usually happens when the website was first was setup the site provider also included the domain in the development. Fortunately it is almost never a problem to get the domain registered into your ownership and control, and it will not disrupt your website.  Your domain name is separate from your website, its hosting and other details. To show that control and own your domain, as well as be able to easily make changes to your website hosting and email in the future you need to have the domain name registration in your name as the “registrant”.

It is easy to do, but requires some steps and communication that are simple, but not intuitive.  Below are the steps and communication that you need:

1) First you will need a place to host your domain name, this is not the same as your website hosting but sometimes is the same company. If you already have other domains that you registered in your name, you can use that account.  If you do not have any other registered domains in your name you need an account to receive thedomain name transfer. (NOTE: This is NOT a hosting account, this is an account for owning and managing your domain.) You can usealmost any domain registrar for this but I strongly recommend GoDaddy for the registration and management of domains.  To get an account at GoDaddy to receive your domain name just call GoDaddy at 877-818-3680 or 408-505-8877 and ask them to set up an account for to receive a domain name transfer, or if you want you can go to and do this on-line..  You do not need to purchase anything at this time.  All you need is the account.  Do not buy anything in this step (GoDaddy is great at upselling(.

2) Contact the current “registrant” (individual controls your domain) and ask them to transfer your domain to you.  If you do not know who registrant for your domain is you can look it up on a whois.  For simplicity and clarity like, just enter the domain name and then click on the “Whois Record” tab.  On the page for that tab you will see the registrant organization controlling your domain first, then below that you will see the Administrative contact information including name, address email and phone number.  If your domain was registered by BluDomain even the contact phone number is present, but BluDomain makes it easy with their support form. (For BluDomain also provide them your GoDaddy account number and the email associated with your GoDaddy account. This is because most BluDomain held domains are registered through GoDaddy or Wild West Domains, a GoDaddy company.)  Send the Administrative contact of the registrant an email asking them to begin the transfer of the domain to you.  All they will need to do is go into the admin panel for the domain name and click to initiate a transfer for which they will be given an Authorization code or EPP code. For most transfers, other than almost all BluDomain, you need them to send you the Authorization code.  For this they will likely charge you any outstanding domain name registration fees.  For example BluDomain seems to normally charge 15/yr for domain names, but pays them in three year terms.  So your charge for BluDomain could be as much as about $45, based on recent observations.  For other companies it could be higher or lower. In any case it is important to own and control your domain name which is your internet brand, business address identity and often your internet communication path, so in most cases it makes sense to pay them the amount.

3) Once you have paid any outstanding domain registration fees the registrant should provide you the transfer authorization code.  With the Authorization code return to GoDaddy, login to your account and select Domain Transfer, enter your domain name and then when prompted enter the provided Authorization code. GoDaddy charges about $8.00 to transfer a domain into your account and will add another year to the registration term free. Now your domain is waiting for the previous registrant to acknowledge the transfer or seven days.  When they acknowledge it or at the end of seven days the domain name will appear in your account.  To check on the status of the transfer at any time during the 7 days just login to your GoDaddy account, visit the Domain manger and under the Domain tab click on Pending transfers, if you have any problems just call GoDaddy support and they will advise you.

If your domain was registered by BluDomain through through either GoDaddy or Wild West Domains, and your account is at GoDaddy completing this transfer is even easier and less costly. This allows GoDaddy to just treat the process as a simple account change, which means it will take place within hours of BluDomain making the change on their side. All BluDomain needs to do is launch the Domain manager, select your domain and click on Account change and bring up the details of your domain, enter your GoDaddy account number and email and confirm. In your account you can check on it and accept the domain change by going to the GoDaddy domain manager and clicking on Account changes and accepting the change.

 This process above will not make any changes to your website or email. Your website and email (if it uses BluDomain’s email server) will continue without interuption. The steps above only places you as the owner and manager of your domain name.  Leave the DNS records as they are until you want to change your website hosting, email servers or other routing/path alterations.

Now that you are the owner of your domain you will need to pay the annual registration cost directly.  On the plus side GoDaddy makes this easy, sends many reminders and is one of the lowest cost registrars around, currently about 12.99/yr.

If you have any questions or issues you want to discuss on the process please feel free to call, email or comment below.  I would be glad to do my best to assist.


  1. Marc knows A LOT about Bludomain and their shady business practices, give him a call or message him and he can help you get around their antics!

  2. Hey Marc,

    I originally got my domain and hosting from bludomain at the sametime. About 2 years ago, I chose to switch to squarespace. I remained hosting with bludomain and simply redirected my squarespace to my domain name.

    Well this past week, I switched to Flothemes. I ended up deleting my squarespace website and took down the redirect. Now my website/email are completely down. I did it on March 20 around midnight. Should I wait for it to propagate or do I need to figure out the dns settings. Thanks for the help!

    • Hi Josh, I just checked on your domain name using the Google DNS and your changes are not working. The Google DNS is usually never more than two hours out of date. I also checked your site with my Verizon phone it is still going to SquareSpace too. And looking at the latest WHOIS, BluDomain still has your domain name pointing to SquareSpace’s servers. After the 20 or so hours it would be working in USA. Your hosting and domain are all in the USA. Generally it is never more than 8 hours worst case in the US. The 24-48 hours they advise is worst case for world-wide propagation.

      You also need to consider that a simple redirection can risk losing the domain and page authority your site has has earned plus break many links giving visitors 404’s. Right now you have about 400+ URL’s listed in the Google index and a Domain authority of 18 and your home Page authority is 27 (MOZ scores). These are good scores for a small business, I would advise trying to retain them and the links with 301 redirects and build from that rather than starting over. But it is not too difficult to do that, particularly with WordPress. I left you a message at your phone, please feel free to call me back if you wish.

  3. Hi!
    When I first got my website, I purchased it and the domain through BluDomain. My website it a template from them, and my blog is set up through WordPress/ ProPhoto. I really want to just have my entire website to be through ProPhoto and remove BluDomain completely, but I’ve always heard it’s a bit tricky. Do you know if this is true or not? Any suggestions would be so helpful!

    • I appreciate your comment and question. I also enjoyed visiting, exploring your website and viewing your excellent work!

      Yes moving your Pro-Photo from the “/blog” folder to your main or home page and having it become your full site is somewhat complex if you do not understand WordPress well. Particularly if you want the URL to to keep your current search engine indexing and retain all accrued page rankings. In other words, done right so that you keep what you have and improve from where you are in visitor friendliness and search marketing effectiveness. It is not good to start over from point 0 in the search indexes and have lots of 404 not founds. The best practice is to build from what your site has already earned over time in the search engines.

      Some examples of what I mean:

      – When someone visits your website using just the URL “” that they would not see the BluDomain home page but be presented the page at this URL “” but of course without the “/blog” part of the URL.
      – When someone clicks on the Google link –!/CONTACT that they get to your contact form in your ProPhoto.

      And importantly improve the URL’s for SEO and search marketing. The URLs of your blog need to change from being like this which leads to the post titled “Mr. & Mrs. Faucher | Deer Valley, Park City Wedding” to a simple, informative and SEO optimized URL formed like this “ Yet both the old link and the new link need to work and site the visitor to the same post regardless.

      Your site also needs to let the search engines as the crawl to site content know of the URL changes via a respective 301 code so that they can more accurately provide useful results to search users.

      According to Google there are over 100 pages and resources from your website’s domain currently in the Google’s index each linking to your site. Almost all of them will need to change.

      I can do all of this for you if you would like. I do it at least once every week for someone.

      Just let me know I would be happy to discuss it with you, most find my charges very affordable and an extremely good value almost immediately.

      I would truly value having you as a client.

      • Since leaving my comment on Marc’s page (see above), Marc was able to help transfer over my website from BluDomain to WordPress SEAMLESSLY! I have always been told that getting away from BluDomain would be incredibly challenging, but with Marc’s help and guidance I am now BluDomain- free! 🙂 My site was never down, which allowed me to still receive business inquiries directly, and I was able to still keep all of my same URL’s without having any 404 Error messages.

        Having Marc’s help was truly a godsend. It was so wonderful to know and trust that my website was in such good hands. His services were very professional, prompt, and efficient. He truly knows exactly what he’s doing, and helped speed the process along so that there was absolutely no down time.

        Thank you again Marc!!


  4. How tough is Dex media to get the domain from? I just sent the email asking for the transfer so we’ll see what they say. I have had my other website with Globat for many years and they have been great so I want to transfer this one there.

    • Over the last few years, I have tried to help a few clients gain registrant rights from Dex. If you are current with what Dex feels you owe them it is doable but can take some time … incurring additional charges payable to Dex. If you owe Dex and do not want to pay that, you will need to get a new domain and, if you wish to get your Dex registered domain, wait until the domain becomes expired. In either case it is often best to have your new site and hosting ready to go live about the same time you make the request to Dex to transfer the domain.

      Good luck on the transfer and new site, you will probably get better results with self-hosted WordPress and your own hosting than you have with Dex’s offerings (which still can often seem very directory oriented).

    • Unfortunately, if your account at BluDomain has been expired for anything but a brief time I would think probably not. But you could always contact BluDomain via their website and ask.

      Wish I had better knowledge and news.

      Feel free to ask any other questions.

  5. Hello, I am worried I may lose my domain. I am registered with Bludomain and I have not heard back from them regarding my request to transfer my domain to Godaddy. Is there a phone number or any other helpful information anyone can assist me with?

  6. Hello,

    I have had a website with Bludomain for many many years.  Recently a client called and said my website was down.  Bludomain took it down unknown to me because I hadn’t paid the 15.00 domain fee.  I was NEVER billed.  Now they are telling me I owe them 100.00 to get the domain out of redemption.  Is this normal common practice?  They said it was 19 days past due.  I have told them I never received bill and still they are not putting my site back until the 100.00 payment is received. I have however since paid the 15.00.  I know NOTHING about domains or how to transfer them or what to do?  Is there anyway I can get my site back up without paying them 100.00 for a domain that i wasn’t billed for?  And the previous year, I paid like 60.00 for a bundle of years??  I would appreciate any advice!!

    Kind regards,

    Mary Mazzie

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