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Domain Registration and Renewal Pricing Explained


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When you first purchased your domain name, no matter where you registered it, that action came with a time frame known as the registration period. Once the registration period is up, typically one year, you will have the option to keep your domain registration for the same term or longer. This action is known as Domain Renewal. Domain Renewals within your HostGator account happen automatically per the terms of service agreed to upon signing up.

If, for some reason, your domain does not automatically renew, for example, if you have chosen to set your domain to renew manually or if your payment details are not up-to-date, your domain will enter the Renewal Grace Period. You will need to make sure you renew your domain before it expires. If your domain name has already expired past the Renewal Grace Period, you need to redeem your domain name. For more information on domain redemption, visit Domain Redemption Explained.

This article covers domain pricing and automatic renewal and how to turn off the billing cycle.

Domain Pricing

Keeping your domain active is vital for a few reasons, but most importantly, to avoid disruption to your website. Domains within your account are set to renew per the terms of service automatically agreed upon signing up. As of February 2019, Domain Privacy is included with the cost of your domain registration.

Domain Prices (Updated 1/1/2023)

Term Price ($, £, €)*
1 Year 25.00
2 Years 50.00
3 Years 75.00
  • Price rates are based on the U.S. dollar, Great Britain pound, and European euro.
  • Great Britain pound and European euro do not include VAT.
  • Prices shown above apply to newly registered domains, newly transferred domains, and domain renewals after January 1, 2023.

Domain Automatic Renewal

With your HostGator account, you can renew your domain name within the Renewal Grace Period (the first 45 days of expiration) for up to 3 years at a time.

Here are important things to remember about domain registration and renewal.

  • New customers signing up for a 1- or 2-year subscription qualify for 1-year free domain registration, whereas monthly subscriptions will NOT receive a 1-year free domain registration.
  • If you turned off your domain auto-renewal feature, you could renew your domain name by paying your invoice via your portal or by reaching out to the Chat Support team on or before the expiration date.
  • If you're unable to renew your domain within the Renewal Grace Period, contact the Chat Support team to check if your domain is within the Redemption Grace Period, which lasts for approximately 30 days after the renewal period.
  • You can always review the registration information of your domain from a WHOIS database, which is available online for free. However, your information may show as Private. For information about domain privacy, check the article Domain Privacy.

Turning off Domain Auto-renewal

  1. Log in to your main account control panel and jump to My Account.
    My Account
  2. Select Services from the top menu, then look for the domain you need to update under the Domains section.

    My Account Services

  3. Select the three-dots menu () next to the desired domain and choose Do not renew.

    My Account Domain Do Not Renew

  4. Read and Confirm the cancelation, and you're set!

    My Account Domain Confirm Cancellation

If your domain name has expired and has passed the Redemption Grace Period, you need to recover your domain name from redemption. For information about domain redemption, visit the article. Domain Redemption Explained.

For information about the domain's life cycle, visit ICANN: gTLD Domain Life Cycle.