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What happens if my domain expires?

 

The extension of your domain greatly influences what happens to your domain upon its expiry.

Australian Domains
If you have an Australian domain (.com.au, .net.au, org.au or id.au) and let it expire, the domain status will change to 'expired' which is where it will stay for a 30 day 'grace period'. During these 30 days all your services are shut off (website, email) but you still have the opportunity to renew the domain name for the standard renewal fee.
On the 31st day your domain name will then be released to the general public for general registration.

Global Domains
If you have a Global domain name (.com, .net, .info) and let it expire, the domain name status will change to 'expired' which is where it will stay for a 40 day 'grace period'. During these 40 days all services are shut off (website, email) but you still have the opportunity to renew the domain name for the standard renewal fee.
After the 40 day period, the domain name status will change from 'expired' to 'redemption period', which means that all Whois information starts to be erased. Depending upon the existing registrar, this stage can last around 30 days and for you to now renew the domain name, a reactivation fee will be applied.
Once the redemption period has completed, the domain name will then move into a 'Pending Delete' phase, this phase. This phases lasts for 5 days, on the 5th day at a random time between 11am and 2pm Pacific time the domain will be released to the public for general registration again.