My website is hosted on my own server, however the domain is registered with fasthosts and I want to change to a different provider.
Will i experience any downtime?
Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
If you are not changing the hosting provider, you have almost no risk, the transfer can take up to 7 days for some registrar, but the way it work the domain will be at registrar 1, and when it complete it'll be at registrar 2, it won't be "lost" between them.
What I mean is that the first registrar will disable it at the exact moment the second one enable it, well it 99% of the case we've done transfer.
If however you change hosting too, then you must specify to the new registrar to change the DNS name as soon as the transfer is done, and you must make sure the file are already in the new hosting account, which can be accessed via his IP/~account-name
i.e: aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd/~8letters usually (depend on the type of server, Linux, Windows...)
Yes. During the time it takes for all the servers on the web to update your domains records there is a possibility they will continue to redirect to the old location you were pointing at. This can cause some errors to be displayed to people trying to visit. I've never seen this take more than 24 hours personally, but I'm told it can take up to 48 hours.
I wouldn't worry about it too much if you're only moving the domain name register and not the hosting as well.