Happy Re(New) Year!

Robyn Norgan
Dec 31, 2015

Wow, it's 2016! I can't believe 2015 is already over. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating 2015 as the new year and making New Year's resolutions that we (may) have kept. Well, this year I offer you an easy-to-keep New Year's resolution: don't lose any domains to expiration!

Okay, I admit that maybe you don't want to renew that domain you bought under the influence or the one you bought just for fun and have no idea what to do with, but for the rest of them - particularly any domains attached to an actual website - you don't want to lose them. If this is the case, then you need to make sure you renew them.

There are a couple of easy ways to make sure that you don't miss out on a domain renewal:
  • Set Up Auto-Renew: This is the best way to ensure you don't lose your domains to expiration because our system will automatically renew them for you 30 days before they expire! You can easily set up auto-renew in our control panel. Note that when you set it up, you will need to select a payment method of either account credit or credit card, so you should ensure you have enough account credit to cover your upcoming domain renewals or that your credit card is up-to-date and not going to expire before your domain needs to renew. If our system has an issue with your auto-renewal, you will receive an email to your account email about this issue, which brings us to my next suggestion...

  • Make Sure Your Account Email Is Up-To-Date: We recommend keeping your Dynadot account email up-to-date at all times, so you can receive important info about your account, especially renewal notices! We start sending out renewal notices 60 days before your domain's expiration date and continue to send them up until it expires. You should ensure that you have the correct email address listed and that you have access to that email account. That way, you won't miss any important notices from us about your domains and your account. You can check out and edit your account info including your email in our control panel and you can also...

  • Set Up A Renewal Email: Sometimes it's good to have a backup - and for renewal notices, we do! That's right, you can set a renewal email that is different from your account email, so you'll receive renewal notices to BOTH email addresses! Of course, if you want to lessen the number of emails you get, you could also...

  • Renew Or Register Your Domains For More Than 1 Year: Many of our top-level domain extensions (TLDs) allow you to register your domain for up to 10 years! Take advantage by registering or renewing you domains for multiple years up to their max. You can do this at any time - even if you just renewed your domain recently since renewing early won't cause you to lose any time. Adding a few years to your domain's registration is a great way to not have to worry about renewing for a while. Of course, if you choose this option, we really recommend making sure your account email is up-to-date and taking advantage of our renewal email, so when the time comes to renew your domain, you won't miss our reminders!
Losing a domain sucks. Make sure it doesn't happen to you in 2016! If you do let your domain expire, the good news is most TLDs have a grace renewal period that allows you renew your domain within up to 40 days after it expires at no additional cost. That being said, we still recommend renewing your domain before it expires as the best way to ensure you don't lose it. After all, we send out renewal notices starting 60 days before your domain's expiration date, but once it expires, we don't send notices about your renewal grace period running out.

What are you waiting for? Sign in to set up auto-renew, update your account and renewal email addresses, and renew your domain(s) today!

Robyn Norgan
This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who is looking forward to celebrating 2016's arrival!