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Domain Renewal 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 then 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 sign 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, and 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 may need to redeem your domain name. For more information on Domain Redemption checkout: Domain Redemption Explained.

If you no longer wish to use the domain(s) within your HostGator account, this article will cover automatic renewal and how to turn off the billing cycle.

Domain Pricing Explained

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 automatically renew per the terms of service agreed to upon sign-up. As of February 2019, Privacy is included with the cost of your domain registration.* For more information on Privacy, checkout: Domain Privacy.

Domain Pricing as of May 2019*

Term Annual Price Cart Total
1 yrs $22.00 $22.00
2 yrs $18.00 $36.00
3 yrs $16.00 $48.00
Note: Prices here pertain to Newly Registered Domains and Newly Transferred Domains, added to accounts after May, 2019.

Domain Pricing Great Britain Pound (GBP)

Term Annual Price Cart Total
1 yrs £18.00 £18.00
2 yrs £12.00 £24.00
3 yrs £10.00 £30.00
Note: GBP and EUR prices EXCLUDE VAT

Domain Pricing Euros (EUR)

Term Annual Price Cart Total
1 yrs €18.00 €18.00
2 yrs €14.00 €28.00
3 yrs €12.00 €36.00
Note: GBP and EUR prices EXCLUDE VAT

Domain Pricing, Purchased before May 2019

Term Annual Price Cart Total
1 yrs $16.00 $16.00
2 yrs $16.00 $32.00
3 yrs $16.00 $48.00
Note: Prices shown here pertain to domains registered prior to May, 2019. and do not include the cost of Privacy
  • 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.
  • New Customers that signup for One (1) and Two (2) year builder subscriptions will receive the 1st year of domain registration free; whereas monthly accounts will not receive a free-year of domain registration.
  • You can always renew your domain name by reaching out to the support team on or after the expiration date.
  • If you are unable to renew your domain within the "Renewal Grace Period," you will need to contact the support team because your domain may be in "Redemption Grace Period," which will last for approximately 30 days after the renewal period.
  • You can always review your domain's Registration Information from a WhoIs database. However, your information may show as Private. For more information on Privacy, checkout: Domain Privacy

Turning off Domain Auto-renewal

  1. First, log into your main account control panel and jump to My Account.

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  2. Select Services from the top menu, then look for the domain you need to update under the Domains section.

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  3. Read and Confirm the cancellation, and you're set! 

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  4. The domain name will now expire on the date specified in the confirmation.
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If your domain name has expired and has passed the Redemption Grace Period, you may need to recover your domain name from redemption. For help with domain redemption checkout: Domain Redemption Explained 

For more information on the Domain Lifecycle checkout: ICANN: gTLD Domain Life Cycle