How To Renew My Domain Name With A Different Registrar
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How To Renew My Domain Name With A Different Registrar

In this blog post, I'm going to reveal to you the process of renewing your domain name with a different registrar and answer some of the questions you've been needing answers to.

There are several reasons why you might want to renew your domain name with a different registrar, here's a few:

  • You might want to try and haggle a cheaper domain name price with another registrar
  • The customer service or domain renewal process doesn't seem very user friendly
  • Managing your domain right now isn't easy

These are of course just a few reasons why you might want to transfer your domain to a different registrar.

I recommend taking a look at the article I wrote on the most popular domain registrars, this will help you find the best registrar and take you through all of the information you need to know in this area.

Why should I renew my domain name?

why should you renew your domain name

Typically when you buy a domain name, you'll buy it as part of a package or plan if you've had your website built for you, it might say something like:

"FREE domain name included when you..."

These are great! It's essentially a bundle for you so that it takes the guesswork out of managing the domain name and if you did decide to renew your domain registrar you can always get in touch with your current provider and get the ball rolling.

Websites take a lot of time to design, develop and publish.

As a business owner, you don't want to distract yourself too much from generating leads and making sales. you wouldn't be able to make sales through your website if you didn't renew your domain.

Why?

Because your domain simply wouldn't load up your website anymore, it would've expired.

How long do expired domains take to become available?

When your domain expires, the information about this domain and where it lives is called the DNS. Upon expiry, your domain's DNS records must propagate, and this is the process of your DNS information making its way around the internet and can take 24 to 48 hours.

However, domain expiry in itself tend to have a domain "cooling off" period, this period will be different between registrars, with one it could take a week whereas another might be two weeks.

If you let your domain name expire, this will happen...

Your website will become inactive...

Immediately.

Your customers won't be able to access your website at all, especially if they're in the same country as where your website is hosted.

This is why you need to make sure you know when your domain is going to expire so that you can take action, this is called domain expiry checker and our free domain monitor will keep track of your domains and will notify you prior to expiry.

Sign up and add your domain to our system today to be alerted of a domain that's about to expire.

When am I able to renew my domain name with a different registrar?

when can you renew a domain name

You can renew your domain name with a different registrar at any time. Just because you bought your domain name for a year or two, it doesn't mean you can't renew it before that date.

You're able to transfer your domain to another registrar whenever, although this process might seem daunting to you, I know it was for me when I was involved with transferring domains - it's not a fun task.

This is why I'm going to tell you how to go about renewing your domain with a different registrar.

Is your domain locked?

If you're planning on renewing your domain with a different registrar, ask yourself whether your domain is locked.

How do you find out this information you're probably asking right?

You need to perform a WHOIS search on your domain name. If you've added a domain to our domain monitor, we provide you with the WHOIS information linked to the domain so that you can find out whether the domain is locked.

Simply click on the information icon within the registrar column of the table of domains, and we'll tell you everything we know about your domain's status!

My domain name is locked with my current registrar

If you've found out that your domain name is locked with your current registrar then you'll need to unlock it.

This will be different on a per registrar basis, so you'll need to login to the portal of where your domain is registered to find out.

Renewing your domain name with a different registrar

the process of renewing domain name with another registrar

To renew your domain with a different registrar you'll first need to transfer your domain to the new registrar, and to do this you'll need to log in to the portal of your current domain's registrar.

For this example, I'm going to assume that you've registered a domain with namecheap.com and that this is how you're going to transfer your domain.

  • Sign in to your Namecheap account and go to the transfer page, this will be listed in the domains menu
  • Enter your domain in the search bar and click on transfer
  • Verify that the domain is prepared for transferring and check the boxes next to the fields
  • Provide the Auth/EPP code
  • Add the transfer to the cart and checkout with your preferred payment method.

After this, you'll be able to renew your domain with a different registrar.

But wait...

Did something go wrong? Or maybe you're confused about step 4, the Auth/EPP code?

What is an Auth / EPP code?

An auth code, or you might know it as an Authorisation Code is a code that is created by a registrar to help identify the domain name and who holds the domain name.

You'll need this code to be able to transfer your domain and renew your domain with a different registrar.

Where do I get my EPP auth code from?

You'll be able to obtain your EPP auth code from your current registrar.

Transferring your domain name

the process of transferring domain name

Renewing your domain name with a different registrar is essentially the process of transferring your domain. But what are some of the reasons that you might want to transfer your domain?

Your domain might not actually be ready for renewal yet, but you still want to transfer it.

  • You just want a change of domain provider
  • Better customer support
  • Easy of use

These are all valid reasons, so don't feel left in the dark when it comes to transferring your domain name to a new provider.

Another benefit of transferring your domain to a new registrar ready for renewal is the features of the new provider.

Your current domain provider might not have the same feature set as that of say Namecheap or 1and1. Not all domain registrars are the same, and some will be better than others here.

There could even be some BIG savings when it comes to the renewal process after your domain transfer because when you renew your domain with a different registrar they'll likely offer you a cheaper price for the first year.

Much like you potentially had when you initially bought a domain for your website.

Conclusion

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Whether you're trying to cut costs, or simply want a better customer experience there are many reasons why you might want to renew your domain with a different registrar. Here at the domain monitor we like to keep you informed with new and updated content.

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