What happens when I don’t pay for the domain?

Domains aren’t purchased, they are leased for a certain period only, so make sure to renew them on time!

A domain, is like a phone number: when you “purchase” a domain, you don’t own it, you lease it for the time you paid for.

If you don’t renew the domain (pay for another term), you will inevitably lose it. There are grace periods after the domain has expired, so you can still renew the domain after it expired. However, recovering an expired domain, will carry additional recovery costs.

If you don’t renew the domain (pay for another term), you will inevitably lose it.

Domains are usually purchased (leased) on a yearly basis, but also for several years. This reduces the task of renewing it every year, or forgetting to do so.

How to keep a domain name secure

Once a domain name has been registered with a registrar, that registrar is responsible for notifying the registrant when their domain is about to expire and giving them the chance to renew, ensuring they do not lose their domain name. In some cases, registrars will prey on their users’ expired domain names by buying those domains the second they expire and then selling them back to the original registrant at an exorbitant price.
Also, there are countless “companies” who offer domain renewal services. They gather the publicly available information, and send mass emails to the domain’s or website’s owners, claiming they have to renew the domain with them, or lose it.

It is important to choose an honest, and trustworthy registrar to avoid these kinds of predatory practices.

If you purchase a domain through Closrr, we will take care of keeping your domain secure, and we (and only we) will handle domain renewals for you.

How to keep your website, without a domain

With Closrr, you don’t need to have a domain, as we provide our domain, as a temporary location for you to view, and work on your website. The websites on Closrr are stored in https://example_website.closrr.dev/ for instance, our Workshop website template is stored under https://workshops.closrr.dev/

However, for marketing, SEO, branding, professionalism, and dozens of other reasons, you should have your own domain. Doesn’t www.yourcoolwebsite.com sound better?