Keep your domain name safe - turn on automatic renewal

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“Your domain name has expired.”

All that time and money spent finding your perfect domain name has just gone up in smoke. Your website’s gone down and your email address doesn’t work. Could this have been avoided? Absolutely!

Pay the rent or lose your domain name

When you register a domain name you are in effect renting it, and it’s yours whilst you continue to pay. If you stop paying or miss the renewal date, you’ll lose your name and it’ll be available for everyone else to register.

Your domain name is the backbone of your business. It’s the name of your company, the URL of your website, and your email address. Its value is immense and losing it could be catastrophic to your business. So why aren't you protecting it?

Both the following situations can result in the loss of your domain name.

  • You have enough funds/a valid credit card, but your domain name is set to manual renew and you forget to initiate the renewal.
  • Your domain name is set to automatic renewal, but you don’t have the funds in your account or a valid credit card to cover the renewal fee.

Wave goodbye to your domain name...

Manual renewal is one choice

When you register your domain name, you’ll be asked to choose a time period from 1 to 10 years. You can renew your domain name two months before its expiration date, at the earliest. When renewal is due, we’ll send you several reminders and once payment is validated, you’ll receive email confirmation.

The reminders are sent to the email address you have associated with your account; so keeping this address current and monitored, is essential. If you do miss the renewal date and the domain name is deleted and unfortunately there's a reactivation fee.

You can choose to manually renew your domain name but you’re going to have to be vigilant about dates. And make sure your contact email address is current so you don’t miss our alerts. We would advise you to use our automatic renewal feature, to avoid the stress and cost of losing and recovering your domain name.

Automatic renewal is the safest choice

Automatic renewal is our domain expiration protection feature and unlike some providers, we don’t charge you to use it. It’ll renew your domain name, and take the renewal fee from your chosen payment method, automatically. But you do have to ensure you have enough funds in your account, or a valid credit card. Our system will make several attempts to automatically renew your domain name; the final attempt taking place three days before the expiration date. If it fails due to insufficient funds, we’ll let you know so you can provide a valid payment method.

If you do have to upload credit to your account during the last three days, you’ll have to renew your domain name manually, even if you’ve set up automatic renewal. So it’s best to keep your credit topped up. Unfortunately you can't use PayPal for domain name renewals.

How to set your domain names to renew automatically

Please follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your EuroDNS account and click on DOMAIN NAMES.
  2. Select the domain name you wish to configure.
  3. At the foot of the page under the 1 Action tab, select Auto-renew.
  4. At the foot of the page under the 2 Scope tab, choose Selected domains.

It's important to know that you can set a domain to automatic renewal seven days (at least) before the renew before date.

Why don't you get in touch with the team and chat about the best approach for you.

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