The WHOIS directory is an online public database that contains data on the registration of domain names such as registration date, expiration date, nameservers, contact information, domain status, and more.

You can use any of the several tools available online to obtain the WHOIS information on a domain. The result will look similar to the following - note the domain status field:

There you will see one or more statuses, that can be sorted into two large groups:

  • Active - the domain is operational

  • Inactive - the domain is not operational due to some reason such as suspension, expiration, etc.

Here's a detailed list of the most common statuses and their meaning:

Status code

Domain active

Meaning

ok

Yes

The domain is active and operational

addPeriod

Yes

The domain has ben registered recently

clientTransferProhibited

Yes

The domain is locked to prevent unauthorized domain transfers

PendingTransfer

Yes

A request to transfer the domain is being processed

clientHold

No

The domain is suspended or pending verification

ServerHold

No

The domain is suspended

redemptionPeriod

No

The domain expired and has surpassed the grace period (if applicable)

pendingDelete

No

The domain expired and after a few days will be available again for registration

If you encounter any issues or have further questions regarding your domain status, you can contact our Customer Success team and we will help you out!

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