What happens if I forget to renew my domain name registration and it expires?
If your domain name expires because you (for whatever reason) forgot to renew it, don’t stress! Provided you get onto it ASAP, everything will be totally fine. Different domain extensions have different processes, so it’s a good idea to have an understanding of yours.
If it’s a .AU domain name registration that’s lapsed, you actually have up to 30 days to renew as it’s in what’s called ‘Expired Hold’ status – a grace period given to registrants who have made a simple mistake and would still, in fact, like to keep their web address. After 30 days have passed, it then becomes available for anyone who wishes to secure it.
Popular gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) such as .com, .org, .net, .biz and .info give you roughly 40 days to renew, referred to as DNGP (Domain Name Grace Period), and will only cost the standard renewal fee. After this grace period, it then enters DNRP (Domain Name Registration Period) for 30 days; the original registrant is still eligible to renew, but the process is a lot more expensive and time-consuming. After that, it’s in Pending Delete Phase for 5 days, and then available for anyone to register.
Safeguard yourself from this happening to you by transferring your domain over to Hosting Australia – we’re incredibly vigilant and will give you plenty of warning before your renewal period lapses. Phone us on 1300 368 359 to discover more.