What I currently have:

  • Domain registered at register - oldregister.com
  • Website hosted at different host - oldhosting.com
  • Email hosted at different email provider - oldemailhosting.com

What I want:

  • Domain registered at new register - newregister.com
  • Website hosted at new host - newhosting.com
  • Email continued to be hosted at old email provider- oldemailhosting.com

What I the current plan is:

  1. Unlock domain, get auth code and transfer domain ownership to newregistrar.com from oldregistrar.com
  2. Leave current ns at ns1.oldhost.com
  3. Setup hosting at newhosting.com and wait 5 days for domain ownership to transfer to newregistrar.com
  4. Once domain is transferred all web/email should still work because no ns/records have changed and the oldhosting.com account is still active
  5. On newhosting.com create a new DNS zonefile keeping all the records within (a, cname, mx) the same
  6. At newregistrar.com change the ns to ns1.newhost.com so it reads the zonefile/records on newhosting.com.

What my concern/question is:

Is there any error in these steps that may cause website/email downtime?

oldregistrar.com uses 3rd party dns at ns1.oldhosting.com so no need to change dns to ns1.newhosting.com until after transfer to newregistrar.com is complete.


Set up Namecheap Free DNS for the domain, and move all your existing DNS records, before you transfer the domain from the previous registrar.

When you do transfer the domain, Namecheap will integrate the free DNS with the incoming domain.

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  • I have not used Namecheap Free DNS because I that would require me changing to NS to freedns1.registrar-servers.com before the transfer. I believe the Free DNS service is intended for domains using current registrars ns, which this domain does not. If I transfer just the ownership and the dns is not using the old registrars NS (i.e. ns1.OLDDOMAINREGISTRAR.com) than i won't have any downtime right? Because the old ns1.OLDHOST.com and zone file will still be working until the new ns1.NEWHOST.com updates world wide. – Mr. Tony Jessup Oct 27 '14 at 18:58
  • Your statement doesn't make sense. I thought you were intending to transfer your domain registration to Namecheap? – Michael Hampton Oct 27 '14 at 19:02
  • Yes the domain will transfer to namecheap as the registrar but web/email hosting is elsewhere. – Mr. Tony Jessup Oct 27 '14 at 19:05
  • No, you need to bring over the DNS to Namecheap first, and then transfer the domain registration. – Michael Hampton Oct 27 '14 at 19:07
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    That's the point. You went too far with obfuscation and now it doesn't make any sense. If you're going to obfuscate at all, at least make sure everything is consistent. – Michael Hampton Oct 27 '14 at 22:36

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