Expired Domain Name – What’s It All About?

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Expired domain name is just a common status in the place of domain names.

This certain status of the domain name takes place when the domain name holder forgot

to renew the registered domain name, and so when a certain domain name is given as

“expired domain name”, it is understandable that such expired domain name is on the way to

deletion from the domain name registry.


So when you receive a note from the domain name registrar that you have an expired domain name

and you still want to renew such expired domain name, you should then know the basic process

that the domain names go through when they are noted as “expired domain names” and on their way

to deletion from the registry.

On the first stage of the domain name prior to becoming an “expired domain name”, of course you

undergo for a domain name registration. It is often considered that a domain name may only be

registered with a maximum of ten year period. Even upon the domain name renewal, the domain name

registration period can not extend past a ten year period, so are the domain name registrars have

no authority to offer a domain name registration for over ten years. However, it is interesting to

know that a top level domain name like the .uk can only be registered for two years at a time.


After that, when a domain name becomes an “expired domain name” or shortly after the domain name

goes past its expiration date, the expired domain name will then be deactivated.

With the deactivation process, the domain name services involving the web page and the email

will no longer function. However, the expired domain name may still be renewed during this

period but it will take for 24 to 72 hours before the domain name services will be reactivated.

When the expired domain name reached at the said “domain name grace period” with approximately 40

days after it becomes noted as “expired domain name”, the domain name will not be active and may be

renewed without paying any additional fees. And after such period for the expired domain name,

here comes the next domain name expiration period which is termed as the

“domain name redemption period”. This is a period for a domain name which involved a 30 day

redemption period. In this case, the WHOIS contact information such as the name, address,

telephone numbers, and others will be deleted and the domain name will still be inactive.

Accordingly, the domain can be renewed during this time by its original holder with $105 plus

renewal fees. And since it is a manual process for the registry to add the name, address,

and other contact information back to the domain registry records,

the process will really take much time.


Finally, after the domain name redemption period of the expired domain name,

there comes a final period known as the “domain name deletion period”. So five days after the

end of the redemption period for the expired domain name, the domain name will be totally deleted

from the registry and will then be made available by anyone who wishes to register for a domain name.