My company's domain name (a .com) was registered with Demon Internet years ago. I use their nameservers so they provide my DNS. If I ever want to change a DNS record I have to email them and hope they do it correctly - there is no control panel.
I want to get full control over my domain name by transferring it to another registrar and using their nameservers so I can manage my own DNS records. I naturally want to avoid, or at least minimise downtime when it all transfers.
The DNS records point to third party IP addresses for website and email etc.... i.e. Demon only hold my domain registration and DNS records. The DNS records themselves are not going to change - I simply want to gain control of them.
As I see it at the moment, the way to do it is as follows:
- Obtain a list of all DNS records from Demon for the domain
- Perform a domain transfer
- Once transferred, change the nameservers to those of the new domain registrar
- Re-create the same DNS records on the new registrar's control panel
As the DNS records themselves are not going to change, merely the place where they are stored....can I avoid downtime if I do the above?
I don't want to use a provider other than my domain registrar for DNS... and the new registrar I want to use cannot provide DNS until the domain is transferred.