I never really like GoDaddy so I do not have an account there, but if I did, I would move it.  Why? Well if you have been keeping your eye on the interwebs, you have to have heard about the uproar over Rep. Lamar Smith’s bill to gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against websites associated with infringing, pirating and/or counterfeiting intellectual property.  The problem with this bill is it lets any copyright holder to make a claim against a site and force the site and in some cases, the ISP to shut down.  You can imagine the freezing effect this will have on web and the current understanding of fair use.

As such, many people and organizations have been pushing back. So far, 87% of the Wikipedians support a black out. Paul Graham will not longer alllow SOPA-supporting companies to attend Y Combinator events. CEO Ben Huh has announced that they will be moving their array of over 1,000 domains away from GoDaddy unless the registrar recants their support of the act. Ashton Kutcher took his domain off of GoDaddy in Protest.

Convinced? Good.  Now, if you have a site on GoDaddy, how do you move it?  Well @jeff_epstein wrote a nice step-by-step guide.  Check it out.

Follow these step-by-step directions to transfer all of your domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap.

BTW, check out scumbag-godaddy.  There will only be more over time.

I’m Boycotting GoDaddy because they are pro-SOPA.

Step 1:  Login to GoDaddy and get to the domain manager.

Step 2:  Select all domains

Step 3:  Click on the “Locking Icon”

Step 4:  Uncheck “lock domains”

Step 5:  Find the tools tab —> “exportable lists”

Step 6:  Click on “Add New Export” button

Step 7:  Select “All My Domains” as the list type

Step 8:  Check the “Authorization codes” box

Step 9:  Generate the Exportable List

Step 10:  Create account at another provider

I chose NameCheap (affiliate link).  The rest of the images are specific to NameCheap.

EDIT: NameCheap is Against SOPA, here is their official stance.

People have also sent promo codes: “switch2nc” and “SOPAsucks” – try them too.

Step 11:  Go to “transfer domain

Step 12:  Enter domains you wish to transfer & click “transfer”

**EDIT:  You can simply add the domain, Auth code in Step 12 above**

ex: myURL.com, authorizationcode

**Thanks to Josh Pigford for the tip**

Step 13:  Checkout

Step 14:  Update EPP (Authorization code) code from GoDaddy Export File

Boom! There you go.

UPDATED: thanks to Jordan Skole, here is a way to expedite the transfer process.

Step 15:  (Back at GoDaddy) Chose “Pending Transfers”

Step 16:  Check all the domains (note: not all of the domains are not showing up yet, this takes a few hours apparently…)

Step 17:  Check the “Accept” button and approve!

Step 18:  Adios Godaddy!

Step 19:  Transfer Complete (about 6 hours later)

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