For 40 days, the domain is in a grace period where all services are shut off, but the domain owner may still renew the domain for a standard renewal fee.
If a domain enters this period, it is a good first indicator that it may not be renewed, but since the owner can re-register without penalty, it can also just be a sign of laziness or procrastination.
The fee is currently around $100, depending on your registrar.
When a domain enters its redemption period, it’s a good bet the owner has decided not to renew.
Finally, after the redemption period, the domain’s status will change to “locked” as it enters the deletion phase.
The deletion phase is 5 days long, and on the last day between 11am and 2pm Pacific time, the name will officially drop from the ICANN database and will be available for registration by anybody.
I recently found myself in the position of wanting to register a domain which was owned by someone else.
The domain was set to expire in a week, and I figured there was a decent chance that the person who owned it wouldn’t be renewing it.
Upon consulting the Who Is registry on the current owner, I discovered the guy was a bit of a domain shark and didn’t seem to be around anymore.
So I placed a backorder through Go Daddy for .95 thinking that was all I needed to do.
During the week that followed, I learned a lot about the domain expiration process.
Two and a half months and 9 later, I am the proud owner of a shiny new domain. This article will explain the domain expiration process and what you need to do in order to use it to your advantage.
Contrary to popular belief, domains do not expire when they say they do.