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Domain renewal is the process of lengthening the period of registration for a domain name. For example, a domain name may initially have been registered for a year, and if the domain is not renewed, it will eventually expire after the year is up and be deleted from the registry database. To prevent this from happening, the domain must be renewed for a further year or more. The current domain registrant has first refusal on renewal of domain names.
Depending on the top-level domain (TLD), domains may be renewed for different periods of time:
- .uk domains may only be renewed for two (2) years at a time.
- .eu domains may only be renewed for one (1) year at a time.
- .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .mobi domains may be renewed for between one (1) and nine (9) years at a time.