Whenever a particular domain name is not renewed by it’s Expiry Date, it slips into the Renewal Grace Period. During the Renewal Grace Period which begins on the domains expiry date, the domain name can still be renewed.
Domains names in the Renewal Grace Period are put on a Temporary Commercial Parking Page which indicates that the domain name has expired. During this period, any website and mails associated with the domain name become non-functional. The exception to this is the .ie domain where web & email services continue to function during the Renewal Grace Period.
The Renewal Grace Periods below are applicable if your domain name is expiring today.
|Domain Name Extension||Renewal Grace Period (Days)|
|.COM and .NET||40|
|Third level .UK||97|
A .EU domain name does not have any Renewal Grace Period. It will expire on the second last day of the month, one year from the date of its Registration/Ownership Identity Modification/Move/Transfer/Restoration. The domain name will be deleted on the same day, if not renewed.
For example, if you register yourdomainname.eu for one year on 15 April, 2009, it will expire on 29 April, 2010 and will be deleted on the same day, if not renewed.
If the domain name’s Ownership Identity is modified or it is moved/transferred/restored on 20 December, 2009, it will expire on 30 December, 2010 and will be deleted on the same day, if not renewed.
You may renew your .UK domain name anytime from 6 months before its Expiry, upto 97 days after its Expiry. If you do not renew your domain name within 97 days after its Expiry, it would be automatically deleted by the Registry.
It is important to note that there is no concept of a Redemption Grace Period in case of a .UK domain name.
A .NAME domain name has a Renewal Grace Period of 40 days. If you do not renew the domain name in the Renewal Grace Period, then the domain name is deleted and made available for Registration as a fresh domain name by the Registry post a Pending Delete period of 5 days, during which the domain name cannot be redeemed.
When a domain is renewed after it’s expiry date it can anything from a couple of hours to 24-48 hours for DNS Propagation to complete Worldwide and the actual website to start resolving properly and mails to be received at the domain name again. During this DNS Propagation period, your website may intermittently revert to the Parking Page and then change again to your actual website, depending on how ISP caches refresh. The Parking Page will automatically get removed as soon as the DNS propagation completes.
Once a domain name has expired, it goes into Renewal Grace Period, where you can renew this domain name at normal costs. If you do not renew the domain name in the Renewal Grace Period, then the domain name goes into the Redemption Grace Period and you still have chance to redeem it. Click here to understand what Redemption Grace Period implies and how you can restore your domain name from this status if required.