Domain Life cycle

Domain Life cycle

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400px A Domain Name is the most important thing on internet. Everyday thousands of domain names are registered and thousands expire. The typical life cycle of a domain name can be unpredictable and difficult process to follow. Here we've tried to simplify what generally happens with .COM, .NET and .ORG names to make it easier to understand.

This graphic gives you an idea of the steps involved and will help you understand what you need to do to acquire and protect your domain names. Note that the times indicated are not always followed by all Registrars. For example, some names expire, but are not deleted from the registry for days. Others are removed right away. This is one of the reasons it is so important to renew your domain well in advance.

Available This is the first phase of the domain name life cycle. A domain name is available to the public for registration for a period not to exceed a maximum term of 10 years.

Also, five days after the end of the redemption period the domain name will be deleted from the registry and will be made available for anyone to register.

Registration A domain name may be registered for up to a ten year period. Even upon renewal the domain name registration period can not extend past a ten year period. Cost of domain registration varies from registrar to registrar.


Active Once the domain name is registered it comes in active state for 1-10 years and can be renewed for a period not to exceed a maximum of 10 years. The registrant recieves renewal notices as expiration date approaches.

Expired If the domain is not renewed on or before its expiry date, the domain name is expired. Upon expiry of the domain, all services related to domain name including the web page and email will no longer work. Though the period of the Expired state varies from Registrar to Registrar, it generally ranges from 0-40 days.

If the domain is not renewed by the owner during this phase, the domain goes into redemption period phase.

Redemption Redemption period generally lasts for 30 days after the "Expired" period, during which the domain can still be renewed by the original owner by paying a service fee plus the renewal fees.

Pending Delete If the domain is still not renewed by the owner in redemption period then domain name goes into pending delete phase.This lasts for 5 days. After 5 days the domain will be deleted and available to public for registration.

Deleted And Active Upon completion of the 5 days of the Pending Delete phase, the domain name is deleted and available to anyone for registration.

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