Today, we are excited to announce a significant improvement to Domains:
the ability to transfer-in.
We are releasing this feature so that
you can migrate to Now and get started faster than ever before, without having to
ever worry about domain and DNS configuration, registration, renewal, and privacy.
Transferring a domain from an external registrar into ZEIT can be done as follows:
Imagine that you have a domain registered on GoDaddy and hosted on Heroku, and you would like to use Now instead to take advantage of serverless.
To bring your domain and get going, here is what you would do:
Most domains are typically locked to prevent unauthorized changes.
Given that you would like to transfer your domain, you will need to unlock your domain as the
first step. This is typically done in a registrar's domain management area.
From your terminal, run now domains transfer-in <your-domain>. You will
be prompted for an authorization code from your registrar. As soon as your registrar sends you
one, paste it into the prompt and the transfer will begin. 🎉
After running the command, you will be informed that the DNS settings for your domain will not be
transferred along with the domain. Instead, you will need to download a zone file from your
registrar and upload it to our platform.
In the event that you would like to switch over to ZEIT's DNS, you can skip uploading the zone file
from your previous registrar: your domain will automatically be transferred in and use ZEIT's DNS out
of the box.
Alternatively, an inward transfer can also be performed via our dashboard like so:
As a service provider, we strive for perfection in the user interfaces (UIs) we provide to our users – both in the
terminal, and on the web. We recently rolled out powerful new features for interacting with your
domains via the Web UI right here on zeit.co.
Our goal is to maintain a high degree of user interface symmetry: the idea that all actions
that can be performed in a command line interface (CLI) should also be available in a graphical user interface
(GUI) – including buying, inspecting, and transferring in domains.
transfer-in is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to features in our pipeline that we believe will
advance our efforts in bringing the cloud down to all people. We are eager to hear your
thoughts, feedback, and comments around this new feature on our social media channels on
Twitter or Spectrum.