My domain registrars auto-renew anywhere from the expiration time to 60 days in advance.
It’s smart for domain name registrants to place their domain names on auto-renew. This means your domain name registrar will renew your domain name each year without action on your part. It prevents domains from accidentally deleting when you overlook a notice or forget to log in and renew.
I think it’s interesting how far in advance domain registrars renew domain names.
- GoDaddy waits until the domain name is expired before renewing the domain.
- Hexonet renews about 5 days before the expiration.
- Uniregistry and Enom auto-renew one month before the domain expires.
- At the extreme (at least of registrars I use) is 101Domain, which renews 60 days in advance.
There are benefits to early renewals and benefits to last-minute renewals. If you have a large portfolio, you might appreciate not being charged until the domain expires to minimize your cash outflows.
At the same time, an earlier renewal provides more time to rectify any billing issues (such as an outdated credit card number) before a domain enters the deletion cycle.
60 days? That’s a bit much. (I should note that some ccTLDs on 101Domain require early renewal from the ccTLD administrator, but this isn’t the case with .com). But I’m curious what other people believe is a good timeframe for registrars to auto-renew domains.