If you registered a domain name at another registrar and wants to transfer the domain name to Alibaba Cloud for management, follow the instructions in this topic.

Prerequisites

  • The email address of the domain name registrant is correct and valid.
    When internationalized domain names, including .com, .net, and .org domain names, are transferred to Alibaba Cloud, the email addresses of the domain name registrants must be verified. Therefore, before transferring your domain name, you must ensure that the registrant's email address is your frequently used email address that can properly receive emails. This is because you need to verify the transfer at this email address.
    Note You can check the registrant's email address on the Domain Management page of the original registrar.
  • You have created a profile template that has passed real-name authentication.

    When transferring a .cn domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you must select a profile template that has passed real-name authentication so that you can submit the transfer request and pay for the transfer service. After the registrant's email address is successfully verified during the transfer, the domain name will be audited.

Background information

To transfer a domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you need to transfer the domain name out of the original registrar and then to Alibaba Cloud for management. Generally, the transfer process can be completed within 5-7 days, which depends on the transfer-in time used by Alibaba Cloud and the transfer-out confirmation time used by the original registrar.

Procedure

  1. Check the domain name at the original registrar before transferring it to Alibaba Cloud.
    • Optional. Modify the contact information.

      Correct the administrative contact information of the domain name so that all subsequent confirmation emails related to the transfer can be sent to the email address of the new administrative contact.

    • Optional. Remove the clienthold status from the domain name.
    • Disable prohibition of domain name transfer out of Alibaba Cloud.

      If your domain name is enabled with prohibition of domain name transfer out of Alibaba Cloud, you need to disable this function.

    • Obtain a transfer key, which is also known as transfer code, transfer password, or domain name password.
  2. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domain console.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Domain Transfers-In > Transfer Domain Name In.
  4. Enter your domain name and transfer key, and click Submit.
    If you transfer domain names to Alibaba Cloud in bulk:
    • Put a domain name and the corresponding transfer key in a row, separated with a space. Then, press Enter and put another domain name and the corresponding transfer key in the next row, separated with a space. Follow the same rule for other domain names.
    • If you want to transfer a large number of domain names to Alibaba Cloud at a time, we recommend that you edit the domain names and transfer keys in a text editor such as Word, Excel, or Notepad and then copy them to the list.
    • A maximum of 50 domain names can be transferred to Alibaba Cloud at a time.
  5. Select a profile template and click Next.
    Note When you transfer a .cn domain name to Alibaba Cloud, you must select a profile template that has passed real-name authentication. If the selected profile template has not passed real-name authentication, the transfer request cannot be submitted. For more information about the real-name authentication of a profile template, see Real-name authentication for CNNIC templates.
  6. Check the order amount, and click Pay.
  7. Verify the transfer key of the domain name.
    The system automatically verifies whether the transfer key you entered is correct. If the transfer key is successfully verified, the domain name starts to be transferred to Alibaba Cloud. Generally, the transfer process can be completed within 5-7 days according to the rules of the domain name registry.

What to do next

Query the transfer progress.
  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud Domain console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Domain Transfers-In. On the Domain Transfers-In page, you can check the transfer status.