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How many registries force you to renew for 2 years?

Located in Domain Registrar Reviews, started by NickB, Jun 23, 2020

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  1. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    Just went to renew a name I was debating about dropping at Epik which was due for renewal 2 days ago and when I got to the cart it is only allowing me to renew for a minimum of 2 years?

    I mean wtf - I do not want to be forced into renewing a domain for a minimum of 2 years, I want the option to renew for 1 year, some domains I renew for 2 years, some 1 but I want the option to decide not be forced into it....

    Any other registers that have this policy?
     
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  2. gilescoley

    gilescoley Top Member PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Never heard of that, I would be moving my names out if they tried that on me :xf.smile:
     
  3. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    To bloody right, it is a piss take......will be transferring names out of Epik over the next few months....

    Their T&C's state.......

    "If You fail to renew Your domain name, You agree that Epik.com may, at its sole discretion, renew Your expired domain name on Your behalf. If Epik.com decides to renew Your expired domain name on Your behalf, You may be eligible for a Renewal Grace Period during which time You may reimburse Epik.com for the renewal and keep Your domain name. "

    and low and behold in the shopping cart it showing as "Grace Renew Domain"
     
  4. MadAboutDomains

    MadAboutDomains Top Contributor VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I think .co.uk used to force you to renew for 2 years back in the old days. It's not the case now though.
     
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  6. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    I personally can't find any other registrar doing this....if anyone comes across one post it here please.

    So @epik must wait until literally the day after expiry (probably the second after it expires), renew your domain and then you have to buy it off them or they keep the domain? Talk about having their cake and eating it......

    Hope they can clarify the exact timings on when they renew our domains....

    Not giving my money to a company that resorts to these kind of tactics

    renewed the domain for 2 years, but will NOT be doing it again....
     
  7. D Haynes

    D Haynes Top Contributor VIP

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    This is essentially what every registrar does (renews an expired name and then let's you pay them bk plus a fee or they auction it off) but I'm guessing different registrars give you different lengths of time to renew before they add the charge. Personally I don't see anything wrong there as we shouldn't be letting our names expire in the first place. The 2 year minimum thing is odd though.
     
  8. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    It's not odd, it is plain wrong. Who are they to dictate how long I register a domain for?
     
  9. D Haynes

    D Haynes Top Contributor VIP

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    I agree.
     
  10. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Top Member NameTalent VIP Gold Account Trusted Blogger

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    Was it a standard legacy or a European country code or a new extension? I think a few of the European have a standard thing that they must be renewed 2 weeks prior to expiry.
    Just so I understand, the expiry date was a few days prior. Now when you renew they want you to pay double the normal registration, but the expiry period is essentially 2 yr from now?
    Bob
     
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  11. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    Did not know that, thanks for info.

    No, it is just plain .com nothing fancy
     
  12. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    to me:
    none

    never seen that
     
  13. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    No registrar does this,

    Bush league tactics,

    Would add these registries to my list "worst"

    Check Instra and NameJuice charge .com

    HALL OF SHAME
    Like force 2+ years. Used Common Godaddy tactic part GD "coupon"
     
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  14. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    With the amount of @epik staff on here and the CEO tagged into the conversation I would of expected some kind of response by now....

    @Samer ....epik did this to me , charged me a 2 year renewal with no 1 year option on a domain that had been expired for 2 days
     
  15. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    come on
    they want you as a customer
    to make a profit

    2 years = larger profit than 1 year
     
  16. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    2 years of epik Namepros .com pricing

    less than one year $18 Godaddy regular .com pricing

    Not that i agree or believe. Let's wait for @Rob Monster response.
     
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  17. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    dreamer
    baby you're a
    dreamer
     
  18. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    I gathered that Frank 🙂 this is why I will be moving my domains away from them.

    I want to see their excuse in writing as to why they think this acceptable though
     
  19. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    Please at least give Epik @Rob Monster, @Jess Robison, @Gube even a chance reply?

    They are always on top of things. You sound convinced before even hear chance reply.

    Have you tried contacting epik customer support?
     
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  20. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    if you just want a cheap price and great tools try
    Cloudflare
    Rob hates them
    $8.03 USD renewals too
    incl ICANN
    (.com)
     
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  21. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    Get your tongue out of their backside, you just basically posted that you dont believe what I have said....I like you Samer, you come across as a nice guy, but this Epik sheep mentality is pis***g me off.

    I know what I saw and I know what I was forced to pay......their terms and conditions lay it all out...

    Pretty sure they are renewing decent keywords for their own profit, why else do this. Can't prove it, but I will not be in this scenario again....
     
  22. RJ

    RJ Old Timer PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I have never heard of this. I have renewed over 200 names at Epik this week (including a couple expired names) and was never required to do more than one year at a time. Screenshot attached from one I am doing right now.
     

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  23. NickB

    NickB Aka MrAcidic VIP

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    It is what is was.....hopefully we get an official explanation

    I am not anti Epik, there is no ulterior motive here.....
     
  24. Abdullah Abdullah

    Abdullah Abdullah Top Contributor VIP

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    I talked to Epik support after I read this and this is what they said.

    "If a customer want to renew for 1 year , they have to contact support , so that their renew period will be changed from 2 year to 1 year"

    "default renewal period for any domain is 2 years. if customer want it to set to 1 year we do."

    They asked for my details in order to check the status of my account and I was told by the support guy that he set my account the option to renew any name for 1 year.
     
  25. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP Blue Account

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    Cloudflare? Ohh new player in new field (domain registrar) Cant change Nameservers.

    I hear they're a public company too, which offers "transparensy"

    The "No change nameservers" thing is a dealbreaker but new entry... #1 DDoS security.

    Not quite sure about registrar. So far promising, apparently you have to contact Cloudflare to change NS?

    Epiiik for life :)
    Samer
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2020

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