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My domain name, currently with GoDaddy, is set to expire on September 30th and I was thinking of transferring the registration to DreamHost since I already use DH for hosting the site.
I have 3 questions regarding this:
Q1. How long do I have to wait before I can transfer the domain under my WebPanel after unlocking the registration and removing the privacy setting? Can this be done within minutes of unlocking the registration and privacy with GoDaddy?
Q2. The wiki states that it could take 7-14 days for the transfer to come through in addition to the 1-3 days to wait for the transfer approval email prior to that. This could overlap with the expiration of my domain name. Could this cause downtime for my site?
- GoDaddy states that for 12 days after September 30, my domain name will be in “Renewal Grace Period” and moved to parked nameservers and my website could go down.
Q3. …and am I understanding correctly that once the domain name is with DreamHost, I will not have to renew the domain name later since it will be free for the active life of my hosting plan with DH?
NOTE: I do not want to end up with a sitenameDOTdreamhostersDOTcom sub-domain account. Since I believe I did not use up the free domain option, my understanding is that the free one could count towards the mydomainDOTcom I already have?