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Domain Names Expiration Periods

The right to use a domain name is delegated by domain names registrars that are accreditated by ICANN - the organization responsible for coordinating the maintenance and procedures of several databases, related to the names and numbers on the Internet (ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).

A domain name can be registered for a specific period (max. 10 years), and the registrant must renew it once the domain has expired. In connection with the renewal of a domain name, ICANN institutes the following periods, which are mandatory for all registrants:

Domain Name Registration

The domain name registration process is based on the idea that the first person who registers the domain name (and pay the product) is entitled to use it for the paid period.

Domain Name Renewal

Auto-Renew Grace Period

On the expiration date of the domain name, the Auto-Renew Grace Period will start (which is between 0–45 days). During that period the registrant can renew their domain name at a regular price and all related services (website, emails, etc.), which are connected to the status of the domain name, will keep working normally.

Redemption Grace Period

When the Auto-Renew Grace period expires, the registrar’s system will automatically change domain name’s DNS records. That will result in stopping all services which are dependent on the domain name‘s status. For instance, if you have a website, a template, containing information about the expiration of the domain, will be displayed.

That period is known as Redemption Grace Period. During it (it lasts for 30 days) is still possible for the registrant to renew their domain name by paying an additional (penalty) fee before the end of the 30 days.

As we have mentioned, all DNS records will be changed once the Auto-Renew Grace period has expired. When the registrant pays the additional fee and renew their domain, the registrar restores the previous Domain DNS records, but they must be cached by the DNS system to be fully restored the normal work state of all dependatnt services.

For this reason, full recovery of domain-related services may take up to 72 hours after the domain renewal during the Redemption Grace Period.

The process of DNS caching could not be shortened or avoided. Sometimes that could lead to tension in the communication between registrants and our technical support team. To avoid this situation, we recommend to regularly check your email and renew your domain names as soon as possible!

Domain Name Deletion

Pending Delete Period

The Pending Delete period will be reached once the Redemption Grace Period has expired. It lasts for five days, and the renewal of a domain name is impossible.

Upon expiration of the Pending Delete Period, the domain is usually offered as free for registration. The previous registrant who used the domain has absolutely no advantage over the other persons who wish to register the same domain.

Domain Backorder is a service that monitors expiring domain names and notifies interested registrants once a domain name is free for registration and even can automatically register it for them.

Please keep in mind this fact and do not rely on being able to renew your domain after the Pending Delete Period just to avoid paying the penalty fee from the Redemption Grace Period.

EU domains expiration

After 23.11.2016. EU domains that expire in the current month will no longer be deactivated after the 25th. Immediately after their expiration, they will enter the Quarantine period, during which a penalty fee must be paid for the renewal of the domain by the same registrant. The Quarantine penalty period is 40 days, after which EU domains, that are not renewed, are available for free registration.

TLD (domain extension)SuspensionAuto-Renew Grace PeriodRedemption Grace Period
.com, .net, .usthe same day36 days30 days
.org, .infothe same day36 days30 days
.euthe same daynone40 days
.co.ukthe same daynone-
.dethe same daynonenone

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