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.COM Domain FAQ's

What are .com domain names?

.com domains were one of the original Top Level Domains (TLDs) created back in 1984. There are no general restrictions on registering a .com domain name although they are generally accepted as being intended for commercial/business use by companies.

Can anyone register a .com domain name?

There are no restrictions in terms of .com domain name registration. Anyone can register one & they are issued on a first come, first served basis.

They can be registered by an individual or by a company.

The only thing to be aware of is that you can not register a domain name if this infringes another person or company’s copyright or trademark. To be 100% sure you should always consult a legal expert.

How much do .com domain names cost?

Click here for full .com domain name pricing.

What is the minimum & maximum .com domain name registration period?

You can register a .com domain name for between 1 year and 10 years into the future.

Is a Certificate of Ownership issued for my .com domain name?

No. Everything is done electronically.

Can I register a .com domain name for more than 10 years?

No. You can register a .com domain name for up to 10 years into the future. For example, let’s say you registered your .com domain on 1st Jan 2010 for 10 years. You have now reached the maximum number of years for .com domain registration, i.e. 1st Jan 2020 is 10 years into the future. You would now need to wait until the 1st Jan 2011 before you could add an extra year to take you up to the 1st January 2021.

What happens if my .com domain name has expired & I have not renewed it?

If you don’t remember to renew your .com domain name & it goes past the expiry date then you are still able to renew your domain name but you should take action as soon as possible.

In the first instance you have 40 days to renew your domain name at the standard .com domain name price for renewal without incurring additional fees.

After 40 days the domain is deleted & it now enters the 30 Day Redemption Period defined by the .com registry, ICANN (see below). During the Redemption Period it is possible to renew your domain name, but there is an additional fee to be paid in addition to the renewal fee.

If your domain name is in the Redemption period please contact us & we will advise the costs & the process to renew your domain name.

Should you choose not to renew your domain or pay the Redemption fee then the registry will make the domain name available for re-registration as a new domain name. It will be issued on a first come, first served basis & there is no guarantee that you will be able to register it at this point if someone else registers it first. When a domain name is released for re-registration is at the discretion of the Registry but will be approximately 70 - 75 days after the expiry date.

Who administers .com domain names?

.com Domain Names are administered by an organization called ICANN. Their website can be found at https://www.icann.org/

Unless dealing with a dispute, ICANN does not deal directly with the general public, & in the first instance you should contact Pickaweb if you have any questions regarding your .com domain.

How do I know when my .com domain name is due for renewal & how do I renew it?

Our domain name system will notify you in advance of your domain expiry & it will automatically send you several renewal reminders before the domain expires. These are sent at the following frequencies: 90 days, 60 days, 30 days, 10 days, 5 days & on the expiry date.

Just follow the instructions in the email to renew your .com domain by logging into the Pickaweb Client Area & you can login & renew your domain name.

You can find full details on how to renew domain names here.

Can my .com domain be set to auto-renew itself?

Yes, of course, that is not a problem. To set your domain to auto-renew just login to your Pickaweb Client Area. As long as the payment details that we have on file are up to date then your domain will auto renew on the expiry date.

What is the process for transferring .com domain names?

With .com domain names the cost for transferring is equivalent to 1 year’s domain registration fees. You can find details of our .com domain pricing here.

You will need a code called an AUTH Code or EPP code which you can get from your current domain registrar. You will also need to ensure that your domain name is unlocked & that you have access to the domain name’s admin email contact.

Click here for full details on how to transfer a .com domain name.

What happens if I have a dispute over the ownership of a .com domain name?

In instances where a .com domain name is registered to an individual then they have the rights of ownership.

If the domain is registered in the name of a company then the domain is owned by the company.

If you are unable to agree on the ownership of a domain name then you will need to refer to the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policies of the Registry ICANN. Details can be found at https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/policy-2012-02-25-en

How can I tell who owns a .com domain name?

You can verify the ownership of a .com domain name by using the publicly available WHOIS lookup service.

Can I hide my personal contact details from the WHOIS?

With .com domain names you can purchase a WHOIS Privacy Service which will hide your contact details from the WHOIS database when someone does a search on your domain name.

The WHOIS Privacy Service is a chargeable service & for a small annual fee you can hide your details.

How can I update my contact details for my .com domain name?

If you need to modfy the contact details for your .com domain then you can do this via your Pickaweb Domain Managament Area

Can I update my DNS?

Yes, updating your nameservers is easy & free. We have prepared some info to help you understand how to update DNS.

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