This is you (the domain owner).
BareMetal - That's us. We handle collecting the information
for your registration (and your money), sending the transfer request to
the registry (through OpenSRS).
Admin-Contact - Hopefully this is you. The admin contact
is the e-mail address listed in the whois information for your domain,
and will need to receive an e-mail message to confirm the transfer
OpenSRS - OpenSRS is our wholesale supplier, their
systems talk directly to the Registry.
Registry and /Old Registrar - This is two entities actually.
The Registry is the central authority which collects registration details
about each domain. The Registry does not generally work directly with
domain owners, but instead works through a Registrar (like BareMetal).
The Old Registrar is the company that the domain was previously
registered through. Some registrars implement their own confirmation
processes for domains which are transferring away, and some (like
network solutions) have their own rules about what transfers will
automatically be denied. For the new registries (.US, .BIZ, .INFO) you
will probably have to get a transfer confirmation code (auth code)
from the old registrar.
By filling out the forms, you start the process of transferring
your domain registration from your old registrar to BareMetal.
(This is not the same thing as changing hosting services.)
If you pay for your transfer with a credit card, then the next three steps
are done automatically (invoice generation and payment, and the
the request is immediately sent to OpenSRS).
If you chose to pay for your transfer with a cheque or money order,
(or even at a later time with a credit card,) then BareMetal will
show you an invoice on your screen that you can print, and we also
e-mail it to you. This process is automatic and happens immediately.
If you chose to for your transfer with a cheque or money order,
then of course you will need to do that. Alternatively you
can use the details from the invoice to login to the "My Account"
area and pay online via credit card.
Tell OpenSRS to proceed
Once payment has been processed, BareMetal sends the transfer request
to OpenSRS. For transfers that are paid for immediately with a credit
card, this process is automatic. For transfers paid for later, there
will be a short delay until BareMetal staff can send the request to
Sends Confirmation Request
OpenSRS then sends out an e-mail to the admin contact, requesting that
they go to a website and enter the domain name and a confirmation code.
This step authenticates the transfer request and generally stops "black hats"
from being able to steal other peoples domain names.
The admin contact goes to the website as requested and confirms
the transfer request. If this confirmation is not done, the transfer
will timeout in 7 days and BareMetal will refund or credit your account
for the failed transfer.
Once the transfer has been approved, OpenSRS checks the
request, to make sure nothing is strange (like a transfer for aol.com
or microsoft.com to some tiny outfit in Bermuda).
Send to the Registry
Once the sanity check is done (usually one a few hours max), OpenSRS
sends the transfer request to the registry.
Opportunity to decline
Once the transfer is submitted to the Registry, the old Registrar
becomes aware of it, and has the opportunity to
check the transfer and allow or deny it.
The old registrar can veto the transfer.
In most cases the old registrar neither denies
or approves the transfer request, and the default action is for
the Registry to approve the transfer after the 5 days (but
sometimes it can take as long as 9 days).
The process can be faster with Registrars (like network solutions)
that implement their own confirmation process, as they usually
will approve a transfer they have confirmed instead of letting it timeout.
Your registration or transfer has now been:
- Submitted to BareMetal
- Paid for
- Processed via OpenSRS
- Domain Admin contact has approved transfer request
- OpenSRS has checked and verified all is okay with domain name
- OpenSRS has submitted the transfer request to the Registry
- Old Registrar/Registry has had an opportunity to decline
Your domain name registrar has been changed to BareMetal.com and your
registration has been extended by a year.