Domain Names – Understanding Domain Name Locks

Understanding Domain Name Locks

Below is a guide to transferring some of the more common domain name extensions to Ocean Internet. The guide assumes you have already purchased a hosting account from us, and have access to the master control panel we issue you with in our welcome emails. Our staff will be able to provide assistance over the phone or via email should you have any specific queries. Domain transfers shouldn’t be hard, and we will help make it as easy and simple as we possibly can.

Understanding Domain Name Locks

Some domain names, such a .com, will have a lock associated with it. This lock was another obstacle designed to ensure that .com domains couldnt be easily moved away or edited without prior concent. You can see the status of a domain name in the whois. Look out for:


Status: ok


Status: clientTransferProhibited, clientUpdateProhibited

In order to transfer a domain name away from another provider, or to make changes to the whois or name servers, the lock must be removed.