FatCow is another popular web hosting provider like iPage. It has thousands of subscribers and millions of hosted websites to date. This is because FatCow scores an excellent rating when it comes to its affordable price and easy-to-use admin control panel. Unfortunately, some account owners experience problems when it comes to FatCow-hosted site’s uptime. Their web pages went down for a couple of hours a week. This could also be your reason why you’d like to switch to iPage and experience its 99.9% uptime guarantee come to life. So let me help you in your site migration.
If you have finally decided to perform the switch of web hosts, then your next question is – How do I transfer my website to iPage? You can do this by transferring your domain registered with FatCow to iPage’s domain central. This is a simple task and simply requires online configuration on your hosting accounts.
By transferring only your domain name, you will be able to switch web hosting providers without need of transferring all your files and databases from your website. This also means that your site visitors will not notice much of the difference since the change takes place on the server side. Furthermore, your website need not experience downtime before the switch can be completed.
Transferring domain names is actually a two-part process. First, you need to register your domain name to your new web hosting provider or registrar. Second, you need to cancel your existing domain registration with your old web host or domain registrar. For FatCow, the transfer usually takes a number of days to be completed. Because of this, you need to ensure that your domain registered with FatCow will not expire yet in the next few days. In case your domain is about to expire, make sure to contact the FatCow tech support team and apprise them of your intention to transfer the registered domain.
Now assuming that you have already purchased and complete the registration process with iPage, you can now follow these simple steps to transfer your domain from FatCow to iPage:
First, you need to unlock your domain name with FatCow. Web hosting providers automatically keep the domain names locked in their registrar for its security. When transferring a domain name, you need to manually unlock the domain name. To do this follow these steps:
Log in to “DomainCentral”.
Click the “+”next to the domain that you want to transfer to expand the domain settings menu.
From the Overview tab, click Domain Lock (you can also select the Security tab to directly reach this menu).
Once on the Security tab menu, click Unlock Domain.
A confirmation message will display once your domain is unlocked.
Then click on the “Disable Domain Privacy” button. Again, a prompt will appear and you will see a red “Disabled” word in top-right of the tab.
Finally, make sure that your email address is correct and still active in the “Contact” tab.
Next, obtain a transfer authorization code. Authorization codes are usually assigned by domain name registries (also called transfer keys or EEPs) upon their registration. These codes are required for the transfer of domain names. For FatCow, you need to request for the Transfer Authorization Code. To do this, click on the “Transfer” tab in the domain you wish to transfer and click the “Send Auth-Info Code” button.
This code will be sent to the email address recorded in your “Contact” tab.
Now login to your iPage hosting account. Go to your hosting control panel and hover on the“Domain” tab then click the “Registrar Transfer” menu.
Type in your domain name you wish to transfer [space] Auth Code you get from Bluehost, then click the “Transfer to iPage” button.
You will receive an email containing instructions. Follow these instructions to complete the transfer process. After this, you can already manage your existing domain through iPage hosting.
Again lock your domain name to avoid unauthorized domain transfer.There you go, your domain name now resides with your iPage hosting account along with your other domain names. You can already control and manage it using iPage’sDomainCentral. To know more about domain transfers, you can try iPage’s video tutorial through this link: http://www.ipage.com/support/tutorials/view_tutorial.bml?kbid=6093.