Domain Registrar migration from GoDaddy to AWS Route53: Short Storydns · domain · aws · route53 · migration
After a fantastic 9+ years with GoDaddy, I moved on - yep, AWS Route53 is the domain registrar for mindginative.com. Nope not because of a horrible things that just happened nor bad customer experience.
A million reasons:
They’re just my domain provider, I only remember them when it’s time to renew my domain - the rest were fully managed by AWS Route53 eg. DNS, Subdomains, Servers, etc.
It aims at people who are already using AWS Route53 as their DNS provider, for newcomers - I guess you’ll have to touch base with DNS first, see Migrating DNS Service for an existing Domain to Amazon Route53
I’ve only spent at most 1 hour from start until I got the final confirmation email from Amazon that they’re now the domain registrar of mindginative.
Between the migration process - expect a bunch of emails, notifications, instructions, confirmations from GoDaddy and Amazon.
A word of warning though, before you turn all these knobs you MUST read the transfer requirements for Top-Level domains.
Unlock your domain
It’s a standard protocol (I guess) for every Domain Registrars to lock your domain - kind of first step security measure for unauthorized domain takeover. So first, unlock it:
Start Domain Transfer
Once unlocked, head over to your AWS dashboard:
- 1. Route53 dashboard
- 2. Registered domains
- 3. Transfer Domain
AWS Route53 will always check for unlocked domain status before the actual domain transfer thus a big warning sign should you haven’t done it yet.
Follow through the Transfer Domain wizard, fill out the fields - if needed. Confirm the domain transfer, request authorization code.
AWS Route53 initiates a transfer domain request authorization code from GoDaddy.
Before the EPP code, a transer notice email:
and then “Accept” the domain transfer:
errr! and then GoDaddy would then provide you the authorization code:
You will get a fair amount of emails, a few minutes delay, before getting the final confirmation emails from GoDaddy and Amazon Route53 that your domain has been transfered.
Here’s from Amazon:
The process went well. no hiccups, other than a few slight delays of notifications and or confirmation emails.
I only paid for the domain re-registration this time with AWS being the Domain Registrar. A good time to change Domain Registrar is when your domain is about to expire, say: 1 month from now - mine had only 3 days left with GoDaddy.
The steps and screenshots were lacking some of the steps but you get the gist, yes?
Who knows, 9 years from now I’ll move to another Domain Registrar, Google? I don’t know but I’d hope by then it’ll be easy as QR Code scanning.
Got questions, suggestions, found typos ? let me know.