GoDaddy: Disable Auto-Renew On SSL Certificates
Edit on 2011/07/24: The steps have been updated by Jason in the comments below.
This post describes how to disable auto-renew on your GoDaddy SSL certificates. But first, some background:
Domain name registrar Go Daddy has served me well as the registrar for my domain names and SSL certificates. They’re the leading domain registrar in the world, about four times the size of their closest competitor.
Unfortunately, I find little reason to recommend them nowadays. Their customer service leaves something to be desired, and I recently heard that they’re making .co the default setting for all new domain registrations. To me, this is slightly deceptive. GoDaddy is not informing people the TLD they registered under is controlled by the Republic of Columbia. I don’t have a problem with that in itself — I own a .me domain, controlled by a country that’s only 4 years old. It’s simply something I feel many people would object to, given an informed decision.
My latest grievance though, is that I realized they automatically turn on auto-renew for all SSL certificate registrations. This isn’t something that’s prompted or clearly told to the user. It’s just assumed. Luckily, I noticed today while managing my domains. After a bit of searching around, I figured out the convoluted process to disable it.
Much thanks to James at DNForum.com for the post that reveals the secret incantations necessary:
- Login to GoDaddy
- Click My Account on the top listing
- Click “Renewals” on the left side of the page
- In the menu that pops up, click “Payments & Renewing Items”
- This brings up the page “Payment Profile” where all auto-renew items are listed
- Click the “Auto” column header and look for any items turned “On”
- Check the box next to any “On” items and click “Auto Renew ” at the top
- On the right side of page, check “Disable Auto Renew” then “Save Changes”.
If you manage a GoDaddy domain name, check it out for yourself. This is the only way to do it, and it sure ain’t simple. A bit deceptive, in my opinion.