Can I just Renew my domain name and not the website builder portion and still have my existing website operational and changeable as needed?
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Because of phishing, my credit card foe auto renewal often changes. I want to be sure that my domain name is automatically renewed. How can I do that?
If you add "Protected Registration" they extend the renewal grace period in case there are any issues with auto-renewal, in addition to adding another verification layer to help prevent unintended transfers. Though I'll note this is a paid upgrade that isn't extremely cheap.
I generally recommend manually renewing early for those who are worried about this. Depending on the registry you can prepay up to a total of 10 years out, and you can keep topping it off each year if you want.