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Domain Registration: The Life Cycle of a Domain

The Domain Life Cycle

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Active - Domain Life Cycle

While your domain is Active, you can modify its settings and contact information. Keeping an active domain is essential for keeping your website online and your email working. Here are a few articles that will help you understand how to customize your domain:

Domains have a minimum registration/renewal period of one year, though some domains may require more. Domains can be registered and renewed for up to a total of 10 years at a time. To help you keep your domain registered and active, we provide you with an easy way to renew your domains and strongly encourage to participate in our automatic domain renewal service! Here are a few articles that help you understand how to register your domain and keep it registered:

Expired - Domain Life Cycle

A domain becomes Expired one day after its expiration date. While a domain is expired, email will stop working and its website is replaced with a 'parked' page indicating that the domain has expired.

Renewing your domain will return it to normal and allow your website and email to start working. You can renew your domain at the normal renewal rates so long as it hasn't been expired long enough to reach Redemption status or purchased by a 3rd party.

Important: As soon as your domain expires, it can be purchased or bid for by a 3rd party. You still have priority for renewing your domain so long as you renew your domain within 30 days of its expiration date even if purchases or bids have been placed toward your domain. However, if you still haven't renewed your domain within those 30 days and a 3rd party purchases your domain, you lose the domain and will no longer be able to renew it.

Pending Deletion - Domain Life Cycle

Once a domain enters Pending Deletion status, the domain cannot be redeemed or changed in any way. The domain will be held for about five days before it is released back into the public for new registration. Once the domain is available for new registration again, it can be registered at the normal domain registration rates (no redemption fees will apply).

Redemption - Domain Life Cycle

A domain typically enters Redemption about 45 days after its expiration date if it is not renewed or purchased by a 3rd party (30 days if the domain is registered through FastDomains). However, certain top level domains may enter redemption status the day after the domain's expiration date.

While every registrar handles the redemption period differently, the redemption period commonly lasts for 30 days until the domain enters Pending Deletion status.

Important: When your domain is in Redemption status, you can still return your domain to normal by paying a redemption fee in additional to the normal domain renewal rate. The redemption fee will cost up to $160.00 USD. Please contact us to redeem your domain.

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