How To Own A Domain Name For Life

You have chosen that domain name for your business and your website is running. You are aware that domain speculators are waiting for your domain to expire so they can take it. Even if that is not so, you are thinking of owning the domain name for life.

As long you have that perfect domain name fitting for your business, you want to keep it for life. But is it really possible to own a domain name for life? Buying a domain name for life doesn't mean it will be yours till death or will stop been yours after death. You can own a domain name for life but it doesn't mean you make a one-time payment for it. Now let talk about the possibilities of owning a domain name for life.

Buy A Web Hosting Package

There are some web hosting providers that offer a domain for life as long you buy a hosting package from them. Once you sign up for any plan, they give you the option of registering a free domain name that you will use. To retain the domain name, you must continue to renew your web hosting plan. If you cancel your hosting account or allow it to expire, the domain name will be gone. So you must stay with their hosting service to enjoy the free domain name for life.

This option may not be the best for owning a domain name for life. This is because, if the web host is no longer meeting up to your expectations, you can't move to another web host. Although, web host like Bluehost will allow you move your domain name out if you are no longer satisfied with their service.

Domain Auto Renewal Option

Almost all domain name registrars offer auto-renewal service which enables you to renew your domain for a specified period usually on a yearly basis. Once you add your payment method (credit/debit card) and select auto-renewal, you won't be bothered that much about expiry of the domain.

What many have actually done to own a domain name for life is to buy it for 10 years. ICANN allows domain registration for a maximum of 10 years, so anything more than that is not possible. That is the best thing you could do to own a domain name virtually for life. Set auto-renewal for 10 years and make sure your billing details are always up to date. 

Lastly, if you choose to renew a domain name for a long time make sure you choose a good domain name registrar.

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