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New ICANN gTLD Transfer Policy Changes

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What’s this all about?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that is responsible for managing Internet Protocol numbers and Domain Names introduced a new policy for gTLD domain names.

What are gTLD domain names?

Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are one of the categories of top-level domains (TLDs). Historically, the group of generic top-level domains has included domains created in the early development of the domain name system (.com, .net, .org, .edu, and .gov TLDs). Nowadays you can register almost 800 different types of gTLDs (ex .club, .cloud, .host) and many, many more.

What’s the new policy?

Since December 1st, 2016 whenever you make a change to the Registrant name, Organization or e-mail address of your domain name, the new process of Changing Registrant begins. ICANN calls it a trade regardless of whether it’s just a small change in the details or a real transfer of ownership. During the process, both the old and new email address will receive a notification that changes have been made. By default, this policy requires the old Registrant to approve of the change and puts a 60-day transfer lock on the domain.

What we decided to do?

Our registrar will be pre-approving all contact details changes made by our clients. This means there will be no additional step involved on your end to approve the change. We have also opted out of the 60-day default lock. This will ensure that if you decide to transfer the ownership of one of your domains you will be able to freely move it to a different registrar without any complications or waiting periods.

Bottom line

Because of the mentioned pre-approval and opting out of the 60-day lock, any contact details changes will almost be business as usual. The only difference is that you along with the new contact will get a notification about the changes being made.

As always, if you need further clarification, please give us a call or submit a support ticket and our team will be happy to assist you.

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