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What happens when a domain expires?

When a domain expires, several things can happen, and the specific outcomes depend on the policies of the domain registrar and the grace period provided. Here are the typical steps that occur when a domain expires:

  1. Expiration Date Passes: The domain has an expiration date, which is the date until which it is considered active. Once this date passes, the domain is considered expired.
  2. Grace Period: Many domain registrars provide a grace period during which the domain owner can renew the domain without any additional fees. This grace period can vary but is often around 30 days.
  3. Domain Goes into Redemption Period: If the domain owner does not renew the domain during the grace period, the domain enters a redemption period. During this period, the domain is not active, and additional fees are typically incurred to restore it.
  4. Redemption Period Duration: The redemption period can last for about 30 days, but the duration varies among registrars. The domain is not accessible or usable during this time.
  5. Auction or Release: After the redemption period, some registrars release the domain to the public for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. In some cases, registrars may auction off expired domains. Not all registrars follow the same practices, so it’s essential to check with your specific registrar.
  6. Loss of Ownership: If the domain is not renewed and not redeemed within the specified period, the ownership of the domain may be forfeited. It becomes available for registration by anyone.

It’s crucial to be aware of your domain’s expiration date and renew it before it expires to avoid disruption to your website and potential additional fees. Domain registrars often send renewal reminders via email leading up to the expiration date, so it’s important to keep your contact information up to date with your registrar.

If your domain has already expired, check with your registrar as soon as possible to understand the options available for renewal or redemption. Different registrars may have different policies, so it’s important to review their terms and conditions.