How to Transfer a Domain from Squarespace to Porkbun

So, you want to learn how to transfer a domain from Squarespace to Porkbun? That's makes us feel good. Let’s do it!

Steps to Transfer Domain from Squarespace

The process to complete your Squarespace domain to Porkbun is simple! Follow this handy guide and you'll have your domain transferred to Porkbun in no time:

  1. Unlock your domain at Squarespace as shown in this guide from them.
  2. Once unlocked, choose the Send Transfer Authentication Code option on Squarespace. This will send the transfer auth code to the email you have associated with that domain on Squarespace.
  3. Initiate your Porkbun domain transfer.

    Type in your domain to be transferred under Domain Name, then copy the authorization code in your email from Squarespace and paste it into the Auth Code field. Click Submit.

    The domain name transfer or transfers will be added to your cart. From Your Cart, click Continue to Billing to pay for your domain transfers.

  4. After you’ve completed your transaction, Porkbun and Squarespace will both send you emails asking you to confirm the Squarespace domain transfer to Porkbun. Find the Porkbun email and click the provided link to confirm the transfer. 

    If you wish the transfer to complete immediately, you will also want to confirm the transfer from the Squarespace email, otherwise the transfer will complete after 5 days.

Possible Issues when Transferring a Domain Name

There are a few scenarios where you simply can't transfer a domain from Squarespace to Porkbun… or anywhere else.

Was your domain first registered fewer than 60 days ago? If so, you’ll need to wait until the 60-day mark before transferring it to Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Was your domain transferred fewer than 60 days ago? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another.

Did your domain expire recently, or is it about to expire? Squarespace generally allows you to transfer an expired domain to another registrar, but the exact timeframe varies by domain extension. Please note that domain transfers can take up to five days to complete. Consult Squarespace's expired domain transfer policy or contact Squarespace support for a definite answer about whether your expired domain will transfer in time.

Additionally, if you renew an expired domain at Squarespace, then transfer the domain to Porkbun within 45 days, your registration may not be extended for an additional year. For more information, check out our guide: Do I Lose Domain Registration Time If I Transfer Domains?

Does your domain already have more than nine years of registration? Since domains can only ever have ten years registration max, sometimes the registry won't allow domain transfers that already have nine years of registration.

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