A while ago, me and a friend created a website together and he handled all the domain registration (with GoDaddy). Now, the domain registration is about to expire (in 2 weeks time) but my friend is not interested in working on the website and renewing the domain anymore. As a complete webmaster noob, my two biggest questions are:
Is there a way for him to transfer the domain so that for now on I am the one in charge of it and I am the one responsible for renewing it? In particular, is there are difference between a trusted friend transferring the domain and arranging a transfer with a stranger?
Do I need to keep using the same domain registrar or can I switch to another one? I don't really understand what would be the difference between them and I am confused because everything I searched for assumes that I already own the domain.
I don't mind if the whole process takes a while to complete as the website is currently off the air anyways. My priority is keeping the domain name in the long run.