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How to Renew Your Domain Name: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Renew Your Domain Name: A Step-by-Step Guide

As you may have recently discovered, domain names must be periodically renewed. This is for you to retain ownership and so that users can still access your website.

In this guide, I'll be taking you through exactly how you can renew your domain name.

But first, why do domain names expire in the first place?

Understanding domain name expiry


Before diving into the renewal process, it's important to understand domain name expiry.

Domain names are registered for a specific period, typically one to ten years.

Upon nearing the end of this period, your domain name is set to expire unless you renew it.

Failing to renew can result in losing domain ownership, and it might become available for others to register.

The lifecycle of a domain name includes six key periods:

  1. Active period: This is when the domain is currently registered and functioning. It can last from 1 to 10 years, based on the owner's chosen registration term.
  2. Expiration period: When the active period ends, the domain enters the expiration period. The domain may still function briefly, but renewal fees may apply.
  3. Grace period: Following expiration, most domains enter a grace period (typically around 30 days, but it varies by registrar). During this time, the original owner can renew the domain at the regular renewal price.
  4. Redemption period: If not renewed during the grace period, the domain then enters a redemption period (about 30 to 90 days). Renewal is still possible but with a higher redemption fee.
  5. Pending deletion period: If the domain is still not renewed, it enters pending deletion status. This lasts about five days, during which the domain cannot be renewed or restored.
  6. Availability for registration: Finally, the domain is released and becomes available for registration.

Now with this in mind:

Let's explore why domain names are essentially leased rather than permanently bought.

The concept of domain name registration

The internet is a global network, and domain names are a part of its shared resources.

To prevent conflicts and ensure fair distribution, domain names are allocated on a lease basis rather than permanent ownership.

This is done by domain registrars through ICANN.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the global Internet's systems of unique identifiers, including domain names (like .com, .org) and IP addresses.

This system allows for a regulated and structured approach to domain name distribution.

(Think of it like "property" that you rent.)

By leasing domain names, regulatory bodies can maintain a level of control and stability over the internet's naming system.

This approach helps manage the domain name space efficiently and ensures that domains are actively used and properly managed.


Periodic renewal encourages website owners to keep their online presence relevant and updated.

If a business or individual no longer needs a domain, it can go back into the pool for others to register, ensuring efficient use of web addresses.

Imagine if domain names were sold outright…

It could lead to hoarding, where individuals or entities buy large numbers of domains without the intention of using them.

This practice could limit the availability of desirable domain names and inflate prices, making it difficult for new users to establish an online presence.

The renewal process also serves operational and administrative purposes.

It allows for regular updating of registration details, ensuring that contact information and ownership records are current.

This is crucial for legal, technical, and administrative reasons.

And finally:

The fees collected from domain registrations and renewals provide revenue for domain registrars and the entities overseeing the domain name system.

This income supports the ongoing maintenance, development, and improvement of Internet infrastructure and services.

Step 1: Check your domain expiration date

The first step is to know when your domain is due for renewal.

You can check the expiry date by visiting your domain registrar's website or using a WHOIS lookup service.

WHOIS databases provide details about:

  • The domain,
  • Its expiry date,
  • Registration date,
  • And the registrar's information.

How domain privacy guard keeps your details private

Domain Privacy Guard is a service that protects your personal information in the WHOIS database when you register a domain.

Typically, domain registration details are public, including your name, address, and contact information.

Domain privacy guard will:

  • Substitute information: It replaces your personal details in the WHOIS database with the information of a proxy service, keeping your identity private.
  • Protect yourself from spam: This service helps shield you from spam, unsolicited marketing, and potential scams by concealing your contact information.
  • Filter communication: Legitimate queries or business opportunities are still forwarded to you, ensuring you get all important communications.

It's ideal for individuals and businesses valuing privacy.

Protect your privacy today with Domainmarkia!

Step 2: Set up renewal reminders

Many domain name registration services offer reminder services.

At Domainmarkia, we'll send you an email notification before your domain expires.

These reminders can help avoid last-minute rushes and potential lapses in your domain ownership.

Step 3: Log in to your registrar account

To renew your domain, log in to your account with your domain registrar.

This is the service where you initially registered your domain.

Use the password recovery options provided if you've forgotten your login credentials.

Step 4: Choose the renewal term

Once logged in, navigate to the domain management section and select the domain you want to renew.

You'll have the option to choose how long you wish to renew the domain.

With Domainmarkia, you can choose between one to three years.

Step 5: Update contact information

Before proceeding with the renewal of your domain name, it's crucial to ensure your contact information is current.

This step is vital for four reasons:

  1. Registrar communications: Your domain registrar relies on this information for important notifications, including renewal reminders and security alerts. Outdated details could mean missing critical updates.
  2. Legal compliance and verification: Accurate contact information is often required for legal reasons. Regulatory bodies like ICANN mandate verifying this information for domain registration, which helps prevent fraud and confirms domain ownership.
  3. Emergencies: In case of technical issues or security breaches, your registrar needs to be able to contact you promptly. Up-to-date information facilitates quick communication.
  4. Smooth renewal and transfer: For processes like renewals and transfers, having current contact details on file streamlines the procedure, avoiding delays.

Ensuring your contact information is accurate and up to date with your registrar is not just a best practice; it's a safeguard for your online presence.

Step 6: Complete payment

After selecting the renewal term, you'll be prompted to pay.

Once you confirm the details, complete the payment using a preferred method.

After payment, you should receive a confirmation email from your registrar.

Check your domain's updated expiry date to ensure the renewal process was successful.

It's important to save the confirmation for your records.

Step 7: Consider auto-renew

Many registrars offer an auto-renew feature — we certainly do!

Enabling this feature can prevent your domain from accidentally expiring.

We'll automatically renew your domain before its expiry date and bill the associated costs to your provided payment method.

We've got your back!

Step 8: Monitor your domain

Even after renewal, it's wise to regularly check your domain status, especially if you have multiple domains.

Keep track of expiry dates and ensure your contact information remains current.

Keep your online identity secure.

Renewing your domain name is a straightforward process, but it's vital for maintaining your online presence.

By following these steps and keeping track of your domain's expiry date, you can ensure your website remains live and your online identity stays secure.

Ready to take your brand to the next level? Register your domain with Domainmarkia today.


Can I renew my domain myself?

You can renew your domain by logging into your registrar's website and following their domain renewal process.

How do I renew an expired domain?

To renew an expired domain, check with your registrar for a grace period and follow their specific renewal procedures; if it's beyond the grace period, you might have to repurchase it.

Are expired domains worth it?

Expired domains can be worth it if they have a desirable name, existing traffic, or SEO benefits, but research is crucial to assess their value and potential liabilities.


Joshua Julien Brouard

Joshua Julien Brouard

Joshua J. Brouard has a diverse background. He has studied bachelor of commerce with a major in law, completed SEO and digital marketing certifications, and has years of experience in content marketing. Skilled in a wide range of topics, he's a versatile and knowledgeable writer.

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