Renewing your domain

Renewing your domain

This article looks at how and why you should renew your domain name.

Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown
13th September 2022

Our .UK domain names can be registered from 1 to 10 years. You can find out if your registration is due for renewal using our domain look up tool. 

Why should you renew your domain?

Most websites take a lot of hard work to build and if you’re a business, can be an essential asset. If you don’t renew your domain, while it won’t disappear over night, it could ultimately end up being cancelled. Your registrar should be in touch when your domain is up for renewal, but it’s worth looking into yourself and making a note of when you need to take action.

How can you renew your domain name?

Renewing your domain name is a simple process between you and your registrar (the person that you purchased your domain name from). They will probably email you before your renewal is due to let you know what you need to do to keep your domain name. 

If you haven’t heard from your registrar, but have heard from us at Nominet that you need to renew, then you should still get in touch firstly with your registrar.  

If you’re not sure who your registrar is or when your domain is due to expire then just enter your details into our domain lookup tool to find out. 

When can you renew your registration?

You can renew your domain name at any time before the expiry date and time. The registration term can be up to 10 years in the future should you wish to have it for a longer period.   

You should contact your registrar to check with them and see how early they will allow you to renew and how long for. 

What happens if you don’t renew your registration

If you don’t renew your registration then you will eventually lose your domain name, your website won’t be available and your email addresses won’t work. 

Initially your domain name will be suspended, and later deleted. 

If your site is for business, this will impact: 

  • How your customers find you (and not your competitors) 
  • How your customers contact you (instead of your competitors) 
  • Online tools and sites that you use for business using your registered email address 

What to do if you’ve received a cancellation email from us

Firstly, contact your registrar and let them know that you want to renew your domain. The name and contact details of your registrar should be in the email you received, or you can find out who they are by typing your domain name into our domain lookup tool. 

If for any reason you can’t contact them, you can call our Nominet Customer Helpline for further advice on 01865 332244 (open 8am-6pm Monday – Friday).

Renewing your domain