How to Transfer Ownership of Your Website

You may ask why you want to transfer ownership of your site? If you are selling a vacation rental business — whether you own a property or a company that manages a lot — you can agree to take on new owners of your existing site.

However, with all the legitimacy and regulation that accompanies any sale, it can be easy to overlook slightly less important items.

Failure to provide important information, such as login information, may make it difficult for new owners to access the site or renew a subscription to ensure that it is visible online.

Therefore, as part of the sales process, remember these five steps when handing over ownership of a vacation rental site:

Transfer a domain name

This process is often free and relatively simple. However, there are two possibilities:

Option 1. The new owner creates an account with the same domain name provider as you.

In this case, all you have to do is log in to your account and follow the steps provided by your provider to transfer ownership of the domain name to the new owner in the same domain provider.

If there are no clear steps, contact your domain name provider and they may be able to help.


Once the transfer process is complete, the new owner will receive an email with instructions confirming the transfer.

This is the simplest option.

Option 2. The new owner decides that they want to use a different domain name provider.

This is another way called registrar transfer and it takes a little longer to complete.

Some registrars may be able to complete the transfer on your behalf. The Nominet (United Kingdom Domain Register) provides a list that can be viewed here.

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If your domain name provider appears to be recognized, you can contact them to see if they can complete the transfer for you.

If not, you can, for a small fee, start the process yourself by creating an account on the Candidate’s online services and following the required steps.

Transfer the ownership of the site

This transfer of ownership depends on the platform used to build and manage your website.

For PromoteMyPlace customers, it’s a very simple process:

  • Log in to your Makani Ad Account
  • Go to the “My Account” section and change the password to a new temporary one – until you are happy to pass the password to the new owner.
  • Give the new owner a temporary password.
  • In the same section – My Account – enter the new owner’s email address. A reactivation email will be sent to the new owner at this point – so make sure his email address is correct. Once logged in, the new owner can go ahead and change the password to something they like.

Note: With PromoteMyPlace sites you may have an email for your account and a separate email for your query alerts. Therefore, we encourage new owners to pick up the PromotMyPlace website and check the query email address and change it if necessary.

Transfer ownership of any holiday email accounts

If you have an email address associated with the Holiday Rental website and you agree to pass it on to new owners, you will also need to transfer it.

The mailbox will be moved automatically by your domain name provider at the same time as the domain name. However, you will need to provide the passwords associated with the mailbox so that the new owner can add them to their preferred email client.

Alternatively, you can get a Gmail address – thezechz… – or another free email provider such as Hotmail or Yahoo.

If so, all you have to do is change your email account password. Enter a temporary password and share it with the new owner. They can then login and change the password to something more confidential.

Just remember that recovery actions are often set up in email accounts – an SMS text message, an email for a forgotten password, or when you sign in with a new IP address – to change them to the new owner as well.

Transfer ownership of any rental social media accounts


If your holiday latte has a Facebook, Twitter, or other social media profile, it’s a good idea to transfer ownership to them as well.

1. Facebook

Initially, the new owner must have a Facebook account and like the Facebook business page.

Assuming they have them, follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to your Facebook page and then go to the admin page
  2. Open the page of the holiday rental business
  3. Click Settings and then Page Rolls
  4. Enter the email address of the person you want to add.

Note: This must be the email address to which they are registered on Facebook Set the level to Administrator Then remove yourself.

2. Twitter

All you need to do here is change your password to a new temporary password and share it with the new owner.

Next, if the email address on your Twitter account is different from the one associated with the property (which you are delivering), you will need to change it to the new owner’s email address.

They can then login and change the password to the password of their choice.

Transfer Google Analytics Data and Webmaster Tools

The last step is not necessary.

The new owner can create their own accounts, but will not be able to see the previous data.

However, if Google Analytics is already tracking data, it will be useful for the new owner to evaluate the site’s performance so far.

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To transfer this data, the new owner must have their own Google Account.

Assuming that, you could add them as an owner and then remove yourself from the property.

More information can be found in the Google Help Forum here.

So remember, while selling your vacation, do not forget to transfer ownership of the following:

  1. Domain name
  2. Website
  3. e-mail
  4. Social media accounts
  5. Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools

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