You have two options for renewing a domain name registration: Automatic Renewal or Manual Renewal. This article will explain both options to help you pick the best renewal method for you.
How Automatic Renewal Works
When your domain is first registered, Automatic Renewal ("auto-renew") is turned on by default. When auto-renew is on, we will automatically attempt to charge your credit card for the domain's renewal when that domain gets close to the end of its registration term.
We will remind you of the domain's upcoming renewal charge 30 days from the scheduled charge date. You can cancel a domain's upcoming Automatic Renewal charge as long as you turn off Auto-Renewal before the charge date.
Note: If you registered your domain name for a term more than one year upfront and turned on Automatic Renewal, the next auto-renewal charge will occur at the end of the registration term you purchased.
How Manual Renewal Works
Most domain name registrations can be renewed manually at any time. Depending on the domain extension, you can add 1, 2, or 5 years to your domain's registration term. The length of time you purchase takes effect from the domain's current expiration date, not from the date when you purchase the renewal.
You can manually renew a domain name even if turned Auto-Renew is turned on. The domain will simply auto-renew at the domain's new expiration date at the end of the registration term you purchased.
Note: Some ccTLDs cannot be renewed manually, and can only be renewed by Automatic Renewal. These ccTLDs include .AT, .BE, .CH, .DE, .LI, and .LI.