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Invoicing and Automatic Billing

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As of April 1, 2019, HostGator's invoicing and automatic billing policy will change. Among the benefits, this new policy gives are longer time frames for payment for our customers with longer billing cycles.

This article addresses the following information:

Invoicing and Automatic Payment Dates

HostGator will generate invoices and process automatic payments based on the information below. Your automatic payment date may change, depending upon your billing cycle and the product in question.

Item(s) RenewingRenewal CycleInvoice Generation TimeAutomatic Charge of Invoice
Hosting Packages/
Addon Services:
1 Month6 days prior to Renewal5 days prior to Renewal
Hosting Packages/
Addon Services:
3 Months
6 Months
1 Year
2 Years
3 Years
45 days prior to Renewal15 days prior to Renewal
Domain renewals1 Year45 days prior to Renewal15 days prior to Renewal


Grace Periods and Payment Windows

Though there is a 6 or 45-day window between invoice generation and the beginning of the next billing cycle for hosting and added services, we also provide an additional grace period to make payment. If the invoice is still unpaid on the 10th day after the due date, hosting services will be suspended. Domain names expire on the due date of the invoice. This leaves a payment window of the following:

  • Hosting & Services renewing less than annually: 16 days
  • Hosting & Services renewing annually or greater: 55 days
  • Domain names renewals: 45 days

Notification Policy

For hosting renewals, we will send email notifications to you via the following schedule:

  1. Once the renewal invoice is generated, a notice is sent 45 days before the invoice due date.
  2. If you have a credit card on file for automatic billing, another notice is sent 15 days before the invoice due date.
  3. On the invoice renewal date, another email notice is sent informing you of the recent renewal.
Note: Monthly subscriptions will not receive a renewal notice; however, if HostGator is unable to process your payment, there is a change to your service or renewal rate we will send a notification to the primary email address.

If we are unable to successfully charge your card(s) on file, we will attempt to notify you. To help you avoid account suspension and data loss, we will attempt to contact you via the following methods:

  • We will attempt to contact you via email the day your invoice payment fails.
  • 5 Days after a due invoice we will send a follow-up email and an automated call will attempt to notify you by phone.
  • 9 Days after a due invoice we will attempt to contact you via email and phone as a final notice prior to suspension.
  • 10 Days after a due invoice we will provide email notification of the suspension of service.
  • 18 Days after a due invoice we will attempt to provide final notice via phone before removing your data from the server.

If you choose to disable automatic billing by removing all card(s) from your account, you will receive notifications any time an invoice is created. For more information about manual payments please see our article Customer Portal - Make a Payment.

Automatic Payment Methods

Credit/Debit Card Automatic Payments

You can enable automatic billing by placing one or more credit/debit cards on file. When it is time for any of your open invoices to be paid, we will attempt to charge your card(s) on file in priority order.

If you wish to cancel your HostGator account please refer to our article How Do I Cancel My Account for more information about cancellation.

PayPal Automatic Payments

Please see our article on setting up a PayPal Billing Agreement to set up automatic payments.

If you have any questions regarding your HostGator invoicing or automatic payments, please contact us via phone or Live Chat and we will be happy to answer them for you.