When it comes to managing domain names, it's crucial to understand the various stages they go through in their lifecycle. This knowledge ensures that website owners can make informed decisions about their online presence. One of the essential aspects of this lifecycle is the Grace Period and the subsequent Redemption Period. Let's look into these phases and shed light on the timeframes involved.
First phase: Grace period
The domain name lifecycle begins with the registration of a new domain. After expiration of the domain name, there is a short period known as the Grace Period. During this time, registrants have the opportunity to still renew their domain name without any issues whatsoever.
Second phase: Redemption period
If a domain owner fails to renew their domain within the registration period, the domain enters the Redemption Period. This is a 30-day period during which the domain is removed from the active domain pool. During this time, the domain owner can still renew the domain, however there is a $100 fee to try and restore the domain name.
Important: If we fail to restore the domain name, the $100 fee is 100% refundable.
Third phase: Pending deletion
After the Redemption Period, the domain enters the Pending Deletion Period. This is the last stage. During this period, the domain cannot be restored or renewed. It is essentially locked, and the registry prepares to release it for public registration once again.
Overall cycle duration:
So, in total, the entire cycle from the end of the registration period to the domain becoming available for registration again really depends on the TLD and the Registrar. It can take 30 days for the Grace period, 30 days for the Redemption, and after that the domain name is deleted and released for purchase once again.
Important: Keep in mind that some specific TLD’s can have different period policies. Please contact our Billing team if you need further help on this matter.