I have been serious about transferring my domains away from GoDaddy. I’ve used GoDaddy providers for a few years now (together with GoDaddy Professional). Two of my domains are due this month for renewal. I believed it’s a nice alternative to undergo the method. On this put up, I clarify how I moved my private web site area (this web site) to Google Domains.
The GoDaddy Rant
There are a number of causes I wish to migrate away from GoDaddy.
I’ve seen 3 or 4 completely different variations of their UI and menus by years. It’s too difficult/verbose/crowded. To do the best frequent issues, you might want to undergo a number of steps. And normally necessary options (like DNS administration) are buried deep in menus.
One other problem is GoDaddy is just too salesy even to a long-time buyer. I get it, upselling and selling is regular. However I’m not right here to purchase a brand new factor each time I login to my account and navigating round to “do stuff”.
Lastly, the “GoDaddy Pro”. With out going by particulars, fairly a irritating expertise. Very sluggish, too many UI adjustments, and frequent switches between personal account and Shopper’s account. Additionally, it’s good to get factors if you buy merchandise in your purchasers. However I by no means bought any of these factors (not that I cared, however it’s loopy to get rewarded one thing and nonetheless your account present 0 factors.)!
Now, to provide them some credit score about their UI, they’ve been enhancing it so much. However nonetheless, it’s not for me.
Shiny “Google Domains” Syndrome
I’ve seen and heard of some different Area Registers all through the years. However none of them have been enticing sufficient for me to undergo the difficulty of switching over.
Being Microsoft Azure buyer, they now have very straightforward area registration providers in Azure Portal. However it’s not a devoted area registry service. It’s buried beneath the App providers menus (it does make sense). And I imagine they’re partnered up with GoDaddy for this service (nothing mistaken with that. I do know their SSL certs are coming from GoDaddy).
Once I noticed the Google Domains although, it was love on the first sight! These are Google’s the reason why there are good. For me, [built in] privateness safety, [free] e-mail forwarding, and [nice to have] add-ons (like free web site with Google websites or Blogger) are the spotlight of the providing. Additionally what may not be so apparent is, I exploit numerous different Google providers (e-mail, drive, you title it!). How superior is that to have the ability to use the identical account and handle my domains too?!
The Exodus (from GoDaddy to Google Domains)
To switch your domains to Google go to Google Domains. On the left hand facet you will note an possibility for “Transfer”.
Enter the area you wish to switch over and you’ll instantly see directions on steps to switch the area. Directions are fairly clear. In my case, I needed to unlock my area first after which enter the authorization code.
To get the authorization key from GoDaddy, you might want to go to your area settings web page and the hyperlink may be discovered on the backside of the web page:
After you entered the authorization code again in Google domains switch part, you possibly can see you may be offered together with your present GoDaddy area settings. In my case, I exploit customized DNS settings for this area (second possibility). However as you possibly can see, within the picture beneath, you possibly can copy your DNS information (even edit them) through the switch (hats off to the PM/one who advised this characteristic. Actually handy)
And eventually, remember to pick out your privateness and safety and auto-renew choices!
However you aren’t carried out but. Verify your e-mail that you’ve got on file with GoDaddy. There’s an e-mail with directions on what to do to expedite the area switch:
And that is it. You are carried out. The entire course of for me took 5 minutes. I anticipated a bit resistance on GoDaddy facet. Nevertheless it was fairly easy (thanks GoDaddy).