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Seven Steps To Transfer Domains To Namecheap From Godaddy With Bitcoins

by Trace Mayer, J.D. on May 5, 2013

Reading time: 5 – 8 minutes

GoDaddy spams you with worthless offers on checkout. And do not even offer a discount. Then they support SOPA and PIPA to infringe on our Internet freedom. Those bastards!

Meanwhile Namecheap donates over $100,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to protect our digital rights and Internet freedom. And now like most sane liberty proponents Namecheap accepts Bitcoin for payment. Plus, they are 10-30% cheaper!

In these seven easy steps I will show you how to exercise your most powerful vote by using your money to transfer your domains from Godaddy, or really any registrar for that matter, to the honorable Namecheap.

By doing so you will (1) increase your privacy by paying with bitcoins and getting free WhoisGuard protection, (2) not get spammed on checkout during renewal by Godaddy’s time wasting tactics, (3) support a company that helps protect our Internet freedom, (4) remove financial support from a nasty company that supported the nefarious SOPA and PIPA bills and (5) have the entire transfer completed in about 30 minutes to two hours, the longest part are the Bitcoin confirmations, instead of the normal 3-5 days.

STEP ONE

The first step will be to add funds to your Namecheap account using Bitcoins. Even though they use Bitpay, who is a superb Bitcoin payment processor, this is still the longest part of the seven steps since it may require waiting for confirmations from the Bitcoin network so be sure to include a transaction fee. Or you can preload your account using Bitcoin and then skip this step entirely each time you go to renew or transfer a domain.

Unfamiliar with Bitcoin? It is a decentralized peer-to-peer currency that is pseudo-anonymous. That means your identity is not tied to it like with a credit card or Paypal account. This helps protect your privacy when you register domain names and in case your domain registrar account is compromised then your credit card details are not available to be stolen. If you want to learn how to use Bitcoin then we suggest getting a copy of our Free Bitcoin Guide.

namecheap bitcoins

STEP TWO

You will need to make sure the domain you want to transfer from Godaddy is unlocked. Then you will need to request the EPP code.

godaddy unlock domain epp code

If you need to unlock the domain or get the EPP code then just click on the domain from the domain manager. Here you can easily modify the settings and request the EPP code.

godaddy unlock epp code settings

STEP THREE

You will need to initiate the transfer with Namecheap. To protect your privacy, reduce your chance of identity theft and support Internet freedom we recommend you pay using bitcoins.

namecheap transfer domain

Namecheap will request an EPP code from you that you will need from Godaddy and should have requested in step two.

namecheap submit epp code

STEP FOUR

Next you will need to check your email for the EPP code from Godaddy.

godaddy epp code

Then you will need to submit the EPP code to Namecheap using either the link provided in the email or by clicking on the domain in the Domain Transfer Status area of your account.

namecheap submit epp code

STEP FIVE

You will be sent an email from Namecheap indicating you need to accept the transfer.

namecheap accept domain transfer

So click on the link and accept the transfer.

namecheap accept domain transfer email

If you failed to unlock the domain then redo step two and resubmit the transfer request in your Namecheap account.

STEP SIX

Now Godaddy will send you a domain transfer request.

godaddy accept domain transfer request

So you will need to accept the transfer in your Godaddy Domain Manager area.

godaddy domain transfer accept decline

STEP SEVEN

Within about five to thirty minutes the domain should appear in your Namecheap account. In the meantime, you can monitor the status of the transfer in there.

namecheap domain transfer status

You will want to verify that the domain got completely transferred.

godaddy namecheap domain transfer complete

CONCLUSION

So hopefully you are now happy with your domains safely with the honorable domain registrar Namecheap that respects your time, attention and Internet freedom. And you got to use your bitcoins for something important and productive!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Trace Mayer, J.D., holds a degree in Accounting, a law degree from California Western School of Law and studies the Austrian school of economics. He works as an entrepreneur, investor, journalist, monetary scientist and operates Run To Gold. He is a strong advocate of the freedom of speech, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Diego County Bar Association. He has appeared on ABC, NBC, BNN, many radio shows and presented at many investment conferences throughout the world. This is merely one article of 41 by .
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1 Eric May 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

“From Namecheap To Godaddy”?! Don’t you mean the opposite?

2 Matt May 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

thanks for the article. Although you got the headline backwards.. . WTF…

3 Trace Mayer, J.D. May 6, 2013 at 6:35 am

Thanks for the catch!

4 mike May 8, 2013 at 2:14 pm

1. Privacy at NameCheap is NOT free. They are going to bill you for it down the road. NameSILO however offers FREE privacy at renewal and it’s cheaper to register there.

2. Legit business won’t ever use NameCheap because they do NOT offer any kind of telephone support – NONE. So when it’s Black Friday and something goes wrong and you have NameCheap good luck with your email support. Can you afford the downtime?

3. NameCheap can not compete on price because they are just an Enom Reseller.

The reality is Business uses GoDaddy for a reason. And GoDaddy has the clout to lobby Congress (Namecheap does not). So during Sopa more businesses actually moved to GoDaddy than to NameCheap. Because NameCheap is all hype and fluff. They don’t actually care about SOPA it was just a marketing opportunity (They don’t have the means to run Marketing Campaigns). NameCheap is a PRETEND company they don’t even have a listed street address (They do have a mailbox drop box you can search for online – same one more than a dozen known spam companies use).

Bottom line is both companies could care less about you. GoDaddy’s upsell attempts are seedy and unethical. NameCheaps support is crap until you get to a higher level and even then it’s not very good and that can take a very long time. NameSILO is the cheapest and better than both, but still leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to service.

If you’re truly in business you can’t be reactional and get all upset over something that ultimately you have no control over. Congress is about to destroy the Small Business Enterprise by enacting Sales Tax. There are over 6,000 Sale Tax zones in the United States. Sure they claim it will only effect those selling over $1 million a year… but that is in fact the majority of small business. A Million in Sales is nothing if you are only pulling 8% margin with several employees to pay. And Amazon will be laughing all the way to the bank. Amazon is so deep in Bed with Google it’s laughable. You can’t hardly do a search on Google and not get an Amazon result… gee I wonder why that is $$$$$$$

No one is doing anything for the small businessman. Small business is screwed.

If you want to be upset over something look at the VC that is now pouring into Bitcoin. The reality is Bankers and Government are controlling everything and there is basically nothing you can do about it. So go ahead and move to whomever you like, but do it for business reasons not some pie in the sky emotional attachment to a company that is just using you the same as GoDaddy.

5 mike May 8, 2013 at 2:17 pm

FYI: You can not vanish. Every device you use has a MAC address and every IP can be traced (It’s all about how hard someone wants to find you). All your electronic correspondence is archived and thanks to 911 and Homeland Security Laws the FBI can access all of this information without a warrant.

The closest you can come to vanishing is to have a damn good attorney, piles of money, and a deep layer of New Mexico LLC’s.

6 eramirez June 12, 2013 at 1:56 am

FYI: Mike is write. MAC addresses and IP addresses are captured on server information. Try accessing your library wifi and trace where the IP addresses are sent. You’ll be surprised. When the new MS software came out, MicroSoft owners and execs came up with a MAC address software capability for registering all PC and laptops sold and marketed with the operating software. So much for privacy! That’s why we had a push for upgrades from Windows 98. All of our data is captured. There is no balance between privacy and government intrusion on personal information. The SC also held that entering telephone numbers on a phone and talking on a phone do to give rise to an expectation of privacy in 2002 so you can forget all telephonic conversations either via hard wired, cell or VOIP being private. Look it up and see for yourself. Best of luck.

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