Domain registration and domain name renewals s can be loaded with problems if you are not
careful in selecting your registrar and fully understanding the terms and conditions
associated with renewing domain names.
As a general rule, when renewing domain names - don't leave it to the last minute!
Domain name renewal should occur at least 2 months ahead of expiration. Your domain name registration period will continue to run from the expiration date so you don't lose by earlier domain renewals.
If you can, renew for 2 or more years at a time - this will reduce the
frequency of the
hassle of renewing your domain name. On the other hand; you could forget all about the
registration and the domain name expires anyway!
If you have multiple domains, create a spreadsheet or
database - or simply a word document
with your domain details and domain name renewal schedule so you always can keep track of domain expirations.
Watch who you do business with.
There are some shady characters out there who may either not
deliver a service or will try to acquire value domains, and they'll be happy to take your
money to boot.
If for whatever reason you are unable to move the domain to a new registrar, and the registrar is not giving you major issues. Go ahead and renew the domain name. In a couple of months; after doing your research, you find another registrar you want to move the domain name to. Move the domain name. You will keep the time you have already invested in with the old registrar. Most registrars require that you sign up for at least a year.
There is *usually* no issues in transferring registrars. It's would be wise to check with your registrar.