Closing an account with a free domain registration


DreamHost provides Shared (Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited) and DreamPress customers on annual plans with one free domain registration credit for the first year.

If you are closing and have used a domain registration credit in the last year, the panel will ask you to pay for it before closing. This allows you to close the account while retaining control over your domain.

However, if the domain is set to expire in the panel, and the registration is within 30 days of expiring, you will NOT be billed for it.

This article shows how to close/cancel an account with a Shared Hosting plan and free domain registration. If your DreamHost account has VPS services and/or Dedicated services without a Shared Hosting plan, refer instead to the links in the See also section below.

Viewing your hosting plan(s) and services

You can view all of your hosting plans(s) and other services on the Manage Account page.

Closing/canceling your Shared Hosting account with a free domain registration

  1. Navigate to the Manage Account page.
  2. In the top section, click the Close Account button.
  3. Review the last-minute tips about backing up your data and preparing for the end of service for your email address(es) and database(s).
  4. Complete the exit survey and click the Next: Product Summary button.
  5. Select any services or domains you'd like to keep and click the Next: Review Balances button.

    The domain registration is only free for the first year if you purchased a Shared (Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited) or DreamPress annual plan. If that annual plan is canceled in the first year, you must then pay for the domain registration, which is yours to own. View the following article for further details.

  6. If a balance appears, use a payment method at the bottom to make a payment. When finished, click the Next: Finalize Closure button.
    Closing a Shared hosting plan
  7. Review the summary of services and domains you wish to close or keep. When finished, click the Confirm button to cancel the plan.
    A confirmation email is then sent to the email address on file.

What happens to my Domain Registration(s) when I close my account?

DreamHost will not delete your domain registrations when you close your account. Any domain registrations previously purchased continue to remain active for the rest of their registration periods.

You can continue to log into your panel and manage your domain registrations as you did before.

Can I re-enable my account after I close it?

Yes. If you ever wish to come back, you can use the steps described in the following article to re-enable your account:

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