The following is an overview of how auto-renew domains are charged, billed, and renewed at DreamHost.
Difference between general domains and 'Auto-renew Only' domains
There are two types of domains.
- General domains
- Auto-renew Only domains
The difference is in the process of how and when they are renewed.
- General domains are renewed 31 days prior to the expiration date.
- 'Auto-Renew Only' domains are renewed on the expiration date.
The overwhelming majority of domains are 'General' domains, but this article explains the process of how both are renewed. View the following article for further details on how auto-renew domains are charged and billed.
What is the difference between the expiration and renewal date?
First, it's important to understand the difference between the expiration date and renewal date of a domain:
This is the date the domain name officially expires. For all domains, it is one day before a full calendar year from when you originally purchased the domain.
This date is different depending on if your domain is a general domain (such as .com) or a specific 'Auto-Renew Only' domain (see below).
- General domains — The credit card is charged, the account billed, and domain is renewed 31 days prior to the expiration date.
- 'Auto-Renew Only' domains — The credit card is charged and account is still billed 31 days prior to the expiration date, however the renewal date is different: the renewal date is the same as the expiration date.
What is the difference between ‘Charging the card’ and ‘Billing the account’?
The ‘Charge date’ is the date your credit card is charged for the domain renewal.
‘Bill account’ is the date your DreamHost panel posts the charge that is due. Billing the account only posts the information to your DreamHost panel—it does not actually attempt to charge the credit card at all.
How to check if a domain is set to auto-renew
New domain registrations and domains transferred to DreamHost are automatically defaulted to 'auto-renew'. You can adjust this setting by visiting your panel using the following instructions.
You can set a regular domain to auto-renew on the Manage Registrations page. When you set it to auto-renew, the option is set to 'YES'.
'Auto-Renew Only' domains
To renew an 'Auto-Renew Only' domain correctly, the domain's auto-renew setting must be enabled prior to the “Auto-renew by” or "Delete by" date found in the panel. When you hover over the tooltip, a note box appears stating the following:
- "The renewal charge for autorenew-only domains posts 31 days before the expiration date. If you wish to end this registration, we recommend doing so more than 31 days before the expiration date to avoid hassle!"
If the domain is not auto-renewed on the expiration date as described below, it goes into a redemption period during which it can usually be recovered for an additional fee.
How regular domains are charged and billed if they are set to auto-renew
Please review the following article for details on how regular domains are charged and billed.
How 'Auto-Renew Only' domains are charged and billed
Please review the following article for details on how auto-renew domains are charged and billed.