Services included with your domain name
Simplified DNS management
Configure the DNS zone for your domains and sub-domains, then point them to your website’s server and email address.
Protection against unauthorised domain transfer actions
Secure your domain name with an authentication code, and avoid unauthorised transfer attempts.
Protection against cache poisoning
Our DNSSEC service protects your domain name against traffic hijacking, also called cache poisoning.
Web redirection management
Choose the redirection target for your domains and sub-domains to an OVHcloud or third-party server.
5GB email account
Get a business email address, and a 5GB space to store the emails you receive on it.
Start 10M Web Hosting
Host a small, static website on a 10MB web hosting plan.
The stages of a domain name transfer
Before starting the domain transfer, you will need to ensure that your domain name is not in a redemption or deletion period. The domain name must be active, and no more than 60 days from its expiry date. It must also be more than 60 days old. Also check the email addresses of the admin and technical contacts visible in Whois, as the validation request will be sent to their addresses.
The steps for requesting a domain name transfer are as follows:
- unlock the domain name and retrieve the transfer code
- request the domain transfer
- reply to the confirmation emails
- within a maximum of five days, the old registry receives and accepts the domain name transfer request
- your domain transfer will be effective within a maximum of five days
What is a domain name?
Like a home or a store, a website needs an address. This means it can be found on a browser, by entering the URL in the search bar — or via a search engine. A domain name is a web address, which is assigned to the server that hosts the website. A domain name is what visitors use to reach a website without having to memorise its IP address. In the UK, the regulatory authority responsible for administering country-code top-level domain names (ccTLDs) is called Nominet UK. At a global level, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is responsible for managing both domain names and IP addresses.
To reserve a domain name, you need to go through a registrar. As a hosting provider, OVHcloud can be used to reserve a domain name and attach it to your web hosting plan, wherever it is located. In addition to the essential services, you get a free SSL certificate so that you can make your website accessible in HTTPS.
We offer several hundred domain name extensions, so no matter which sector you are in, you can reserve the right domain name for your project.
Why transfer your domain name to OVHcloud?
You won't need to pay any additional costs when you transfer a domain name to OVHcloud. You only pay for the renewal for an additional year. There are a number of advantages to registering a domain name with OVHcloud. You get a 10MB hosting plan, a 5GB email account, simplified DNS management, and much more.
How long does it take to transfer a domain name?
The average domain transfer time is five days. The domain name transfer process can reach a maximum of ten days, depending on how long the registrars take to respond.
What is a domain transfer code?
A domain name transfer code, also known as an authorisation code or auth-code, is generated by the registrar to certify that you are the holder of the domain name you wish to transfer. It is issued by your domain name’s current service provider, using their own method: by direct request, or via the OVHcloud Control Panel.
How do I transfer my domain name to OVHcloud?
Need help transferring your domain name to OVHcloud? Follow our detailed, step-by-step guide on how to transfer a domain name:
Why buy a domain name?
Reserving a domain name is an essential part of building your website, and it is also a vital component in building your online presence. To ensure that web users can access your website directly via a browser or search engines, your website must have a searchable internet address. To be effective, it should be simple, memorable, and reflect your online identity. You can reserve as many domain names as you want, and easily link them to your web hosting plan using DNS (Domain Name System) redirections. Registering a domain name has never been easier, so get online today.
How do I register a domain name?
To register a domain name, you will need to ensure that it has not already been reserved by somebody else. To do this, go to our domain name registration service, then enter the domain name and extension you want to register. If it is available, or is a new domain name, you simply need to place an order and register your domain name under your name, or your company’s name. Domain registration is easy with OVHcloud, as is checking available domains — and we take care of the domain management.
How do I renew my domain name?
We have created a guide to help you renew your domain name and web hosting plan. You can view it to find out how to manually renew your services, or enable automatic renewal:
How do I know if a domain name is available?
At first glance, a domain name that does not redirect to any website may seem available, but it could still be reserved by someone. You can check whether it is available by searching it on our Whois interface. If it is not available, you can choose from a selection of several hundred other extensions.
The different statuses are listed below:
- Domain name available for registration. You can reserve it.
- Domain name not available for registration. It has been registered, which means somebody else has already reserved it.
- Domain name transferable. You can transfer it from your current domain name registrar to OVHcloud.
When you decide on a domain name, we advise checking its availability with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to see whether it has been registered as a trade mark. If it has been registered, you cannot use it legally. You can also protect your domain name by registering your brand as a trademark.
How do I find a domain name holder?
You can find information on a domain name holder by performing a Whois search, otherwise known as a Whois lookup. To do this, use our tool: https://www.ovh.co.uk/support/tools/check_whois.pl.
You will see details like the registrant (domain name owner) name, registry name, the domain name contacts, and other elements such as the domain name’s current status and expiry date.
Can I transfer a domain name to OVHcloud?
Yes — at any time, you can transfer a domain name currently managed by another registrar to OVHcloud. For domain transfer to proceed smoothly, the domain name must not be expired or locked. Our transfer domain page gives a step-by-step breakdown of everything you need to be aware of when transferring a website domain to another registrar.
Find a domain name for your business
Deciding on a future domain name can be a tricky task. Several hundred million domain names are already reserved, and used worldwide — so you need to consider whether the domain name you choose is available, and how relevant it is to your project. Generally, a generic domain name with competitive keywords will already be reserved, or it may be available on the secondary market. When you register your brand, make sure that your trade name or company name is available to reserve as a domain name. It is usually the easiest name to assign as a web address, and one that your visitors will easily remember. Keep in mind that your domain name should be memorable for visitors and customers —it must be short, and easy to understand. You can reserve several domain names to suit your usage, and redirect to the server your website is hosted on.
The domain name market
Of the hundreds of millions of domain names that are already in circulation, some are very popular. There is a secondary market for the purchase of domain names put up for sale by their current holders. Generic domains can sell at very high prices, depending on the sector they are linked to. The price is set by the seller, and generally takes the commercial potential of this domain name into account. One of the most popular SEO strategies is to buy back a domain name, which enables the new holder to benefit from its longevity.