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How to Renew Hosting

If you have a website, you know the importance of web hosting. It's the foundation of your website and ensures that it's accessible to users. However, web hosting isn't a one-time purchase. Hosting plans typically come with an expiration date. To keep your website running, you'll need to renew your hosting. 

In this guide, we'll walk you through how to renew your hosting so you can continue to provide a smooth and seamless experience for your visitors.

Note: If you are looking to renew your domain name, please visit our article on how to renew your domain. This article will provide you with all the necessary information you need to know about renewing your domain name seamlessly.

How to Renew Hosting

  1. Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
  2. Click on the RENEWAL CENTER option from the side navigation menu to the left.
  3. Check the box next to your hosting plan.
    Renewal Center

    Note: If you want to upgrade your hosting plan, you will see that option in the Hosting section.

  4. Click the RENEW NOW button.
  5. Your cart will load. Choose your term length, and enter payment details.
  6. Scroll down to click the SUBMIT & PROCESS PAYMENT button.

Congratulations, you're done!

If the account expires before renewal, it will be reactivated immediately after the payment is processed. A cart receipt email will be sent to the email address on file, and a detailed receipt can be found in Accounts > Payments in your control panel. Please see how to use the renewal center for more information about managing your renewal options.

What Happens if I Don’t Renew My Hosting?

If you don't renew your web hosting plan, your website will go offline. This means that visitors won't be able to access it. But that's not all. When your hosting plan expires, you may also lose any data or files stored on the server. This could include important information, website backups, or customer data. Therefore, it's important to renew your hosting plan on time to avoid disruptions to your website and ensure your visitors can continue to access it. Please don't wait until the last minute to renew your plan, as it could take some time for your website to come back online after it's been taken down. 

What Happens if I Don’t Renew My Domain Name?

It's important to renew your domain name to avoid it from expiring and becoming available for someone else to register. A domain name goes through four stages: active, expired, redemption grace period, and pending delete. The first stage is when your domain name is active, and you have full control. Your website is up and running, and you can make any changes. However, if you fail to renew it, the domain name will expire, but you can still renew your domain name within 45 days of its expiration. If you miss this time frame, the domain name will enter the redemption grace period. You must pay a fee if you want to restore your domain name during the redemption period. This fee cannot be waived or refunded. If you fail to renew during this period again, the domain name will go into the pending delete stage. At this point, your domain name can no longer be retrieved. You will receive a notification to delete the record and make it available for public registration. After that, you can try to repurchase the domain name. 

To learn more about the domain cycle, visit our blog on what happens if you don’t renew your domain name.

Summary

Renewing your web hosting plan (VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, or WordPress Hosting) on time is crucial for the smooth functioning of your website. It ensures that your website stays up and running without disruptions or downtime, which can lead to potential customers and revenue loss.

If you have received a reminder from Bluehost to renew your plan, it's important to take action as soon as possible. Delaying the renewal process can result in your website being taken offline, which can be a frustrating experience for you and your visitors.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

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  • Phone Support -
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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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