Domain Life Cycle

Navigating the domain life cycle: Available, Active, Grace, Redemption, and Deletion Periods

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The domain life cycle is comprised of the different stages that a domain goes through, from being available for registration to its expiration and eventual deletion. Getting to know these phases can help you keep your domain active and avoid losing it.

This cycle can be divided into the following phases:

A diagram of the domain life cycle, showing its different stages and duration

Available

All domains start by being available for purchase. To register a new domain, go to our Domain Checker, where you can also explore alternative options in case your preferred name is already taken.

Active

The domain becomes active after you purchase it and complete the registration process. While the minimum active period is one year, some domain extensions can be registered or renewed for longer. In that case, you will have the option to select the period during the purchasing process.

You can keep ownership of the domain as long as you renew it on time.

Expired

As soon as the domain expires, it will stop working. The website will display an error, and email services will be suspended. To prevent these interruptions, consider enabling auto-renewal.

Expiration consists of two possible periods: grace and redemption. You can still renew an expired domain, though the renewal process varies based on the period. Expand the sections below for more information:

Grace Period

Within this phase, the domain name can be reactivated without risk of deletion by paying the standard renewal fee. Please consider that some TLDs don't feature a grace period and directly enter the Redemption period upon expiration. The duration of the grace period, when applicable, can differ based on the TLD.

Redemption Period

After the grace period concludes, or following expiration for domains lacking a grace period, the domain enters the redemption or redemption grace period. To redeem the domain, an additional fee is required, aside from the renewal cost.

A few TLDs do not have a redemption period, going directly to Pending Deletion after expiration (or the grace period, if applicable). The redemption period's length, if present, depends on the TLD.

Pending Deletion

When the redemption period ends, or if the domain has a grace period but not redemption, the domain moves to the pending deletion phase. The only option to recover a domain pending deletion is to wait until it's fully deleted.

Once it's available, it is possible to repurchase it. Please note that the domain will be accessible for anyone to purchase.

By taking these phases into account and ensuring the timely renewal of your domain —such as through automatic renewal — you can maintain a consistent online presence and brand identity.

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