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Lock/unlock domain

January 22, 2022 / Published in:  from Ivan Messina
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If you decided to transfer your domain, with SupportHost you can remove the restrictions applied to your locked domain directly in the client area.

What is domain locking?

Generic domains allow you to lock the domain to prevent unauthorized transfers.

It is not possible to transfer a domain if the owner does not remove this lock.

A locked domain cannot be transferred, however you can still point it to a website by changing the nameservers and changing the domain owner.

This lock should not be confused with the 60-day lock that is imposed by ICANN after a domain is registered, or after the domain owner is changed.

Which extensions have domain locking enabled

Domain transfer lock can be activated for all gTLDs (generic domains such as .com, .net, .org and all new extensions) but not to ccTLDs (such as .eu .it .uk).

Unlock domain

By default, the transfer lock is active on all generic domains, which effectively makes the domain locked.

If you plan to transfer the domain to another service you will have to unlock the domain first, thus making the transfer possible.

To unlock the domain, login to your client area and select the Domains tab.

User Area Tab Domains

Locate the domain you want to transfer and click on the button with the wrench icon.

Domains Panel Management

Then, from the “Manage” menu, located on the left side of the screen, click on “Registrar Lock“.

Block Transfer Domain Menu

In order to proceed to unlock the domain, simply click the “Disable Registrar Lock” button.

Disable Lock Transfer Domain

If the operation is successful, you will see a success message.

Domain Unlocked Correctly

Remember that in order to transfer your domain, you will also need the auth code.

In case you changed your mind, you can cancel the domain transfer process at any time, simply by enabling the domain lock.

Enable domain locking

Clicking the “Enable Registrar Lock” button will lock the domain, preventing anyone unauthorized from transferring the domain without your approval.

Enable Block Transfer Domain

Check the domain lock status

When accessing the control panel of one of your domains, you will see an informative message if the domain lock feature is disabled.

Notice Blocking Domain Disabled

From the menu Management → Transfer Lock you can check at any time if the domain is locked.

  • Disabled: indicates that the domain lock is disabled.
  • Enabled: indicates that the domain lock is active and that it is not possible to transfer the domain.
Check If You Have A Locked Domain

To make sure that the domain lock function is active, you can also decide to use the whois tool.

In case you have a locked domain, under “Registrar Status” or “Domain Status” you’ll see the EPP Status Code “clientTransferProhibited” which means that it won’t be possible to transfer it until the domain lock is lifted.

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