Transfering a Domain Name from Yahoo Domains

Mon, Jun 15, 2009

Tech Tips

So You are Stuck with a Pricey Yahoo Domain:
You can transfer it easy enough. I went with a GoDaddy affiliate that offers the domain names at cost. I haven’t had any issues with GoDaddy and their prices are good.

A Brief Overview of the Steps:

  1. Be prepared for the transfer to take 5 days (blame Yahoo).
  2. Unlock you domain using the Yahoo control panel.
  3. Verify that you have access to the admin email address that is registered under the domain name. You will get automated confirmation emails at this address that you will need to respond to.
  4. On another site that sells domains, click a Transfer Domain link to buy a one year subscription.
  5. You will get a confirmation email sent to you, respond to it and enter the authorization code that is found in your Yahoo control panel.
  6. Now you have to wait. Some domain registers will send you a confirmation email. Yahoo does not, so you will have to wait 5 days for the transfer to go through.
  7. After the transfer goes through, joyfully cancel your Yahoo subscription.

Why Would You Want to do This?
I signed up last year for a $1.99 .com domain name from Yahoo!Domains with the assumption that the renewal rate would be $9.99 (the regular rate at the time). However I recently got the renewal notice and the price was $34.95 for 1 year! Wow, that brings back memories of Network Solutions from a long time ago. Anyway, that’s not too competitive and there are better options out there. This price change was too similar to a bait and switch for my tastes, so I will be much more wary of buying anything branded by Yahoo in the future.

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