Updated on Oct 6, 2022
We all get them at some point: a notification that your domain name is about to expire and that you must take action to safeguard it or risk losing it. "Is this domain name expiration notice a hoax or legit?" you wonder just before clicking delete or tossing the mailing into the trash. I don't want to waste my time on nonsense, but I also don't want to lose control of my domain name." As you sigh, a tinge of worry creeps in. "How am I going to find out?" you ask.
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If you are unsure which is your registrar, you can quickly check it by using a domain lookup such as whois.com.
It is mandatory for the Registrars to send renewal reminders and expiry notifications to the Registrant. These emails will be sent 30 days and 7 days before your Domain Name expires and at the moment of expiration. You can see an email example below:
Those are the official rules for user notification enforced by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), and we must abide by them. You will also receive one email from us for the renewal invoice (14 days before expiration) of your domain which makes a total of three emails regarding your domain’s non-interrupted and continuous functionality.
Please be sure that any spam filters you have are configured to accept our emails.
It is not feasible to turn off the reminders for forthcoming domain renewals. One of ICANN's obligations for all Accredited Registrar businesses is to provide domain renewal notices.
When a domain registration expires, your options for renewal vary based on when your domain expired. On Aug. 31, 2013, ICANN adopted the Expired Registration Recovery Policy (ERRP), which requires registrars to disclose important information to Registrants and prospective customers about expiration notices, fees, and redemption procedures.
Each domain name extension and its registry rules can affect the renewal process once a domain has expired. Some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.
Here is what happens after your domain name registered with us expires, as well as explanations of what you should do. The list is according to the number of days passed after the expiration date:
If you’re using a Credit Card for your payments with FastComet, the renewal will go through automatically. In case the payment doesn’t go through the first time, we will try a second one. However, that is not what happens when your payments go through PayPal - in that case, you would have to do the domain renewal manually.
Keep in mind that some domains, such as ccTLDs, may have special requirements for renewals.
Here are 3 ways to spot fake domain renewals so you don’t fall victim:
When it comes to renewing domain names, you want to deal ONLY with your domain’s current registrar. In your case, you deal only with FastComet.
However, take note that there are some deceiving registrars called 'domain slammers' who send misleading emails urging you to renew your domain with them. Please check the ICANNWiki for more information about domain slamming.
Such emails are generally considered as 'scams,' and you can safely disregard them.
If you receive any domain “promotion” offers or “invoices” for renewal, as we have described, in your physical inbox or email, feel free to do the following:
In case you are unsure about an email that you have received, you can always contact us and ask if it’s from us. FastComet works for your convenience 24/7, and our experts will answer your hosting-related questions quickly, whether it’s via LiveChat, a call, or a support ticket.
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