Expired Domain Names
Ownership (or more precisely, control) of domain names is granted for a limited period of time, subject to the appropriate registration or renewal fees being paid. Once the owner of a domain name declines to pay the renewal fee to maintain their registration, that domain name will expire - that is, it will eventually be deleted and returned to the "pool" of unregistered names.
While originally domain names were registered for a fixed period of 2 years, most Registrars now offer the option of registering a domain name for a period of 1-10 years, often with substantial discounts for extended registrations.
A domain name that is approaching its renewal date is said to be "expiring soon" and a domain name that has passed its renewal date (also known as its "expiry date" - it's just a matter of perspective!) without the renewal fee being paid is said to have "expired".
Expired domains solicit a lot of interest since essentially they form a new supply of domain names returning to the market, sometimes for the first time in many years...
Once a domain name has expired and been deleted, it is available to be re-registered by anyone. It is at the exact moment of deletion that the real battle begins for the control of the newly-available names - a battle that can only have one winner.
- Expired .ie Domain Names
What do I do if my .ie domain name expires?
After an .ie domain expires your website and email will stop working, expired .ie domains have a grace period of 14 days, during which time you can reactivate your domain. At the end of this 14 day period, you will not be able to renew your domain name. There will be a period of 1-7 days before the domain name is deleted and it is available to be registered again.
Please login to the Client Area to renew your domain name before the 14 day grace period is over. If you don't renew your domain name you can run the risk of losing the domain name to another company.
- All Other Domains
- After a domain expires, most registrars have a grace period of 1 - 45 days, during which time you can reactivate your domain.
- After the grace period, the domain is deleted from the registrar database and will not appear in your account. It will not be available to register.
- Once deleted, the domain is held for 30 days by the Registry. Once the domain is dropped it becomes available for anyone to purchase just like a new name.
To check a status of a domain name go to our Whois utility on our domains page. The status is explained below.
The Whois form will tell you the status of the domain (e.g., Redemption Period). It will also list the expiration date as well. The "updated date" is usually when the 30 day redemption or pending delete period began.
"Redemption Period" is a 30-day timeframe after a registrar has deleted an expired domain such as .com, .net and .biz domains. You can still renew this domain at the current renewal rates.
"Pending Delete" as it applies to .com and .net domains refers to the 5-day timeframe after Redemption during which time VeriSign holds the domain and it cannot be recovered.
"Pending Delete" as it applies to .org domains is the 30-day timeframe after the registrar (PIR) has deleted an expired .org domain.
If you wish to submit a request to retrieve a domain during Redemption
- You will need to contact Hosting & Web Solutions via email to renew this for you; there is a €200 charge to retrieve a domain name during redemption. There have been cases where people wait until they expire to try and get the domain name at a low "new registration" fee but this is risky because anyone else can register your domain.
If you are not the previous registrant, you need to wait until the domain is dropped by the registry and made available to anyone for registration. Be quick to register it before anyone else does.