My Domain Name Expired? How Can I Renew It?

1 Mar 2017 / Aliesha Ellington

If you have missed the expiry date of your domain name, there are steps you can take to recover your domain name immediately after it expires. You should renew it through the registrar (or the reseller) that provided the registration services for your domain name.

When your domain name expires, there will be a grace period of 0-45 days depending on the domain extension and the registrar, followed by a 30-day period of redemption. There may be additional grace periods after this, depending on your service provider.

At the end of this period, if you haven’t renewed your domain name, it doesn’t mean it is lost. You may be able to re-register it, but be aware that at this point it will be publicly available for anyone to register.

Can I renew my domain name after it expires?

In most cases, yes. However, it will depend on the rules of your domain name’s extension and its registrar’s policies.

If the registry for your domain name permits, your expired domain name will be held for some days so that you can renew it immediately. Many domain name extensions such as the .com, .net, and .org, have a period of grace which allows you to renew them after expiration without a fee.

When this grace period for the extension has elapsed, you’ll be expected to pay a redemption fee in addition to the cost of original renewal if you wish to retain the domain name.

However, some domain name extensions, particularly country code (ccTLD) extensions, have no grace period. Once the domain expires, you are expected to pay both the redemption fee and renewal fee to keep the name.

The anatomy of an expired domain

During the grace period, all services such as the website and email stop working until the domain name is renewed. It is also impossible to make changes to the main server andDNSduring the period.

Upon domain expiration, the DNS is temporarily changed, and visitors to the website will meet a web page stating a need for domain renewal.  When the domain is renewed, the DNS will immediately revert to the former DNS setting.

At the end of the grace period, either of the following two things may happen:

  1. The domain is marked for deletion
    This is when it enters a redemption period, also known as “Pending Delete Restorable”. Note that the cost of recovering a domain name will be more than the renewal. This recovery is only available to the former owner of the domain. The registry ultimately decides when to delete the domain. It usually occurs 30 – 35 days after the redemption period. The domain is then returned to the publicly available pool of domains.
  2. A third party indicates interest in buying the domain name
    This is often done through an online auctioning system. When the grace period is over, the domain name is offered to the highest bidder. Domains that have been auctioned to a buyer are no longer renewable or redeemable by the former owner.

Process of handling expired domains

Differentdomain registrars handle expired domains in different ways. The process will depend mainly on your domain extensions, and the renewal settings. Before the expiration, your registrar will send you multiple emails reminding you to renew your domain names.

If you set your domain name for automatic renewal, it will automatically be renewed the day after expiration. If for some reason, an auto renewal is impossible - maybe because of changes to your account, or credit card - then your domain name will be parked, and you will receive a notification via email.

If your domain name is set up for a manual renewal, and you allow it to expire, it will also be parked and a notification email will be sent to you.

For expired domain name registrations, such as .com, .net, .org, .info, and so on, your domain name will be kept for up to 42 days before it is cancelled. During this period, any renewal of your domain name is liable to renewal and redemption charges.

Automatic renewal

If your domain name is set at auto renewal, when the domain name registration expires, the following are the typical steps that will be taken.

  • The day after your domain name expires, your account will be billed for a renewal. If this doesn’t go through, you’ll be notified and your domain parked. You can choose to renew it manually.
  • An attempt will be made again on the 5th day of expiration. You’ll be emailed as well for notification.
  • On the 12th day of expiration, your domain name will be put on hold, and will be subject to a redemption fee. You may call a customer support staff to renew your domain name, plus pay the corresponding renewal and redemption fees.
  • On the 25th day of expiration, your domain name will be put up for auction with a domain name industry auction service. You can renew it manually, and pay any corresponding renewal and redemption fees.
  • On the 42nd day of expiration, your domain name will be cancelled. Services associated with the domain name will also be deleted.

The registry might hold on to the domain name before freeing it for open registration.

Manual renewal

If your domainnameis set to be renewed by you, when the domain name registration expires, then it is typical for the following actions to take place:

  • In addition to reminders for renewal before the domain expiry, the day after your domain name expires, you will be notified for a renewal and your domain name will be parked.
  • Another contact attempt will be made on the 5thday of expiration. You’ll be emailed an additional notification to renew your registration.
  • On the 12thday of expiration, your domain name will be put on hold, and subject to a redemption fee. You may renew your domain name manually and pay the corresponding renewal and redemption fees.
  • On the 25thday of expiration, your domain name will be put up for auction with a domain name industry auction service. You can renew it manually, and pay any corresponding renewal and redemption fees.
  • On the 42ndday of expiration, your domain name will be cancelled. Services associated with the domain name will also be deleted.

If you’ll like to know more about renewing your expired domain name, get in touch with your domain name registrar support team.  You can also find out more about domains and do anavailability check here.

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