What happens when a domain expires?

A domain name has a life cycle of 6 periods:

  • Available
  • Active
  • Grace Period
  • Redemption Period
  • Pending Deletion
  • Deleted – basically, it has returned to the available state.

Available and active are relatively straightforward. An available domain can be registered by anyone and an active domain has already been registered and will be unavailable to purchase.

When a domain name expires, it will enter the grace period. This varies between 0-45 days but is typically 30 days. During this time, you can renew your domain and there is no risk of the domain being deleted.

At the end of the grace period, if the domain has still not been renewed, it will enter the redemption period. This typically lasts for 30 days. During this time, the domain can still be renewed, however, there will be an additional fee. This fee varies depending on the TLD. Please open a support ticket through the client area if your domain has entered the redemption period and you would like to renew.

If your domain name enters the pending deletion period then you will need to wait until the domain has been deleted as there is no longer an option to renew it.

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