problems transferring domains from Directnic to GoDaddy
I'm in the process of trying to move some domains over from Directnic to GoDaddy to save some money on regsitration fees but also to consolidate all 30 of my domains to the same place I'm moving my hosting.
My initial request failed because some of the domains were too new (less than 60 days old), however, GoDaddy's automated system re-initiated the transfer requests after 60 days and all of the transfers have failed with the subject line "DOMAIN TRANSFER FAILED - Status Not Valid."
In the body of the notification messages, it says:
"the current status of the above domain name is:
Domain names in this status cannot be transferred. Please contact your current registrar to resolve this issue."
Directnic says that the domains are all active, not locked and available for transfer. GoDaddy support just tells me to reinitiate the transfer request repeatedly (3 times so far over two days with the same result).
The odd thing is that the first batch of domains transfered over just fine from Directnic but this batch is really causing me grief.
Has anyone else seen anything similar recently? Could the automated system be choking on something specific to Directnic?
Originally posted by dmaven Are any of the names in a registrar_hold status?
Nope. Every single one is in "Active" status.
I suspect that it may be a problem in GoDaddy in calculating the time period where a site is eligible for transfer. Although the message itself says nothing about it, I *believe* that the ones that are failing are 61 days old (61 days since initial registration on Directnic).
The ICANN rule is supposed to be that domains are eligible for transfer after 60 days but I think GoDaddy's system has a glitch. Domains that are 62 days old do not seem to be causing the error message today, but domains that are 61 days old do.
The funny part about that is that it was GoDaddy's own system that scheduled the re-try of the transfer on Saturday when it failed. I'll let you know more if any of these new ones go through.
If the problem continues, here's an experiment you might try, if you don't mind possibly getting a little more scattered. Find another registrar that you might like (I'd recommend Namecheap) and try transferring at least one of these domains to it. If that fails then you can figure the problem is with Directnic, not Godaddy. If the transfer succeeds, then you can figure the problem is with Godaddy. If that is the case you might want to do your consolidating to the registrar that did a successful transfer.