@eclecticcoding, and welcome to our Netlify community site. We have answers!
First, you can move you DNS to Netlify but that isn’t the same as transferring the domain to us. More here:
Answer: you can’t transfer a domain name to Netlify - but, if you buy a domain using Netlify you can transfer it to another company.
Netlify is not a
domain name registrar. Registrars are the companies and organizations which sell domain names. Only official registrars can accept inbound domain transfers. Because we are not a registrar, you cannot transfer a domain name to us.
Netlify works equally well with or without the domain under our control, which m…
Second, regarding minimal (or zero) downtime when transferring your site and/or DNS to Netlify, please see the following topics:
What is this topic about?
This topic covers copying your existing DNS records from your current DNS service to Netlify.
Netlify offers a
Managed DNS service which allows you to manage DNS records for domains using our web UI (even for domains registered elsewhere).
IMPORTANT: You must copy any/all required DNS records to the Managed DNS service before changing the domain’s name servers to the Managed DNS server to avoid possible interruption of services.
For this reason, we recommend you chec…
The trick with migrating a live site is all in DNS timing .
Specifically, we can't get a new SSL certificate for your site until the
Time To Live (TTL) value has expired from your old DNS values. The new DNS values for Netlify must first be in place and correct, and then issuing the certificate is a breeze!
Below are the steps to follow for a successful migration with minimal downtime. There are quite a few steps in this process, not gonna lie. But no worries, you got this. Take a read throu…
If there are other questions after reading those, please let us know here and we’ll be happy to answer.