Renewing your domain

Renewing your domain

This article looks at why you should renew your domain and how to do it.

Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown
12th October 2017

Once you’ve registered your domain it can be yours for life. All you need to do is keep your registration up to date, it’s that easy. Our UK domain names can be registered from 1 to 10 years. To check if your registration is due for renewal just enter your domain name into the box here and we’ll let you know.

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

If you haven’t heard from your registrar, but have heard from Nominet (the company who manage all UK domain names) 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 then just pop your details into the box here and we can let you know.

If you don’t know when your registration is due for renewal then you can also find out here. Simply enter your domain name into the box and we’ll let you know when your domain is due for renewal. We’ll also confirm who your registrar is in case you have forgotten.

When can you renew your registration?

You can renew your registration at anytime before the expiry date. You need to do this with your registrar so check with them to see how early they will allow you to renew.

What happens if you don’t renew your registration

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

Initially your website will be suspended, and later cancelled.

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

First of all contact your registrar and let them know that you want to renew your domain. The name of your registrar should be in the email you received or you can find out who they are by typing your domain name into the box here. If you can’t contact them for any reason you can call our Nominet Customer Helpline for further advice on 01865 332244 (open 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday)

Renewing your domain