Why you should renew your domain name early

Irrespective of where you registered your domain name, it helps to renew your domain name on time. Not doing so can cause a lot of problems.

At Web4Africa, we have dealt with a lot of difficult situations, where clients have not renewed their domains early enough. We do send out 5 notices via e-mail, before a domain eventually expires but for varying reasons, some still fail to renew their domain name(s) on time.

Though most domain extensions can be renewed within 30 days after their expiry, the registrar usually parks the domain name, immediately after expiry. Thus even when the client decides to renew, the domain name can take up to 48 hours to start working again, due to DNS propagation issues.

A worse scenario is where the domain name enters REDEMPTION PERIOD. In this state, the domain name cannot be renewed through the normal means and is typically expensive to redeem. In addition to the high expense, redeeming a domain takes a few days.

Things can still get even worse. A worst case scenario is where a domain is deleted from the registry and taken-up by someone else. Domains are typically deleted from their registry after the redemption period if the owner fails to redeem them. Once deleted, they become available once again, to the fastest taker. The rush would depend on how valuable the domain name is. A valuable domain can be taken within minutes after it is purged from the registry while “useless” domains are usually never re-registered.

In a nutshell, it helps to renew your domain name on time, to avoid the embarrassment, higher cost or outright loss of a domain name you might have invested in over the years.

A much easier way is to always register/renew your domains for multiple years. Most domain extensions can be registered for up to 10 years. Doing so can give you some peace of mind and it also helps to ensure that only your important email addresses are used with your domain service provider. That way, you can be sure to receive the expiry notices.


  1. I am inclined to believe you were writing “At Web4Africa, we have had to DEAL with a lot…” without the T. Just a typo I believe

  2. jude goudjo

    I want to pay for the renewal of my web hosting with you. Send me details. This was done for me previously by a friend. Thanks

  3. nii

    please can u give me some list of websites that has register with you? I wan to see their performance before I register with you

  4. Stephen

    Why does Web4Africa leave a long time for an expired domain to become renewable even when ICANN considers such domain to still be within the redemption period? I am aware that an expired domain remains renewable within its redemption period. But with Web4Africa, they give you about 30 days after which the domain will be declared to have passed its renewable period. Then one will have to wait almost endlessly (sometimes longer than 70 days) for the domain to get purged from the registry.

    1. Domains with Web4Africa can be renewed within 36 days of expiry.
      Again, its more important to focus on renewing your domain before it expires.

  5. Vincent4God

    What is the implication of issuing renewal invoice for your hosting service sooner before expiry date? Will there be rollover?
    I saw this while trying to do so but somehow confused.

    “If you’d like to issue renewal invoice for this service sooner, click on button below. Please note that it will change next invoice date of this service to match Today’s renewal”

    1. Your hosting expiry date will be extended by the payment cycle. For example:

      Your annual hosting plan is expiring on 31 May 2019 but you make the payment today 2 May 2019. Your hosting will now expire on 31 May 2020.

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