I usually do plan my renewals. Every month i check the domains that expire in the next 3 months and plan for their renewals. I check the renewal fees with the current registrar and decide if i need to transfer the domain elsewhere to save some bucks. Don’t be surprised some Registrars charge ridiculously high renewal prices.

I failed to do this last Dec. & Jan. A .org domain is up for renewal in the next 1 month. When i checked the renewal cost it is $35. Thats really pricey imho. It would have cost $7+ if i had moved it to another registrar. Never mind i am trying to move this now and lets see if the current registrar will allow me. If i am not wrong, if the domain is within 1 month of its expiry date registrars won’t allow the domain to move out. I simply want to try my luck.

Most registrars will send out the renewal notice only when the domains are within 1 month of its expiry date. Not sure if this is done so that the domains won’t be moved out and will be renewed at whatever ridiculous prices they charge. I feel cheated when this happens. But then this the reason why you have to plan your renewals in a timely manner.

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11 Comments to “Plan Your Renewals To Avoid Surprises”

  1. Patrick McDermott says:

    “If i am not wrong, if the domain is within 1 month of its expiry date registrars won’t allow the domain to move out.”

    Hi,

    That is not correct.

    A Registrar may try to tell you something like that but length of time remaining is NOT an allowable reason for denying a Transfer.

    It is a violation of the Registrar-Registry Agreement.

    Please see this:
    Policy on Transfer of Registrations between Registrars
    Revision Adopted 7 November 2008
    Effective 15 March 2009

    Excerpt:
    “Instances when the requested change of Registrar may not be denied include, but are not limited to:

    Domain name registration period time constraints, other than during the first 60 days of initial registration or during the first 60 days after a registrar transfer.”

    Note that it clearly states: “the requested change of Registrar may not be denied” because of “Domain name registration period time constraints” except as noted (The 60 day rule).

  2. Patrick McDermott says:

    Oops, sorry I forgot to include the link to:
    Policy on Transfer of Registrations between Registrars

    http://www.icann.org/en/transfers/policy-en.htm

  3. @Pat

    Great. I don’t know where(i guess G-daddy) i picked up this info – “If i am not wrong, if the domain is within 1 month of its expiry date registrars won’t allow the domain to move out.” but just got stuck with it.

    Thanks for the clarification. Hope it helps others as well.

  4. Patrick McDermott says:

    I have move many domains out of GoDaddy well after the expiration date but before the Redemption period.

    Some of the GoDaddy Resellers (Wild West Domains) will try to say a transfer out cannot take place x # of days before expiration.

    But now you know it’s not true.

    Even Moniker claims you cannot transfer away if 7 days (I think) or less remain before expiration.

    But if you complain about it they will relent.

  5. Tyler says:

    just paid a renewal cost of 50(!)dollars…

  6. Chirag says:

    I feel cheated when this happens. But then this the reason why you have to plan your renewals in a timely manner.

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  8. When you move or register with a new domain, that doesn’t have anything to do with your content right?

  9. Just started looking at other providers, after receiving some pretty hefty bills.

  10. The charges are normally same. Once try other registrar and see what are the charges. I think the charges $7 for moving to other registrar is not right thing.

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