What Does Domain Mean?
If you’re unfamiliar with all of this terminology then a domain or a domain name is the name used for a website.
The domain consists of the name of the company or person etc. before the dot (e.g. pickaweb) and the extension which is the end part after the dot (e.g. .co.uk).
There are loads of different types of domain such as .com, .co.uk, etc.. Each domain is issued by a different organization. In the UK the organization is called Nominet and for domains like .com (also called Top Level Domains or TLDs) these are administered by ICANN.
Which Domains Does The Redemption Period Apply To?
Domain Redemption occurs when a TLD domain name has passed its expiry date by more than 30 days. The Redemption Period is a 40 day period during which the domain name owner can renew their domain but they need to pay an additional fee called the Redemption Fee.
When Are Domain Renewal Reminders Sent?
Let’s look at the typical renewal timetable.
First, it should be remembered that TLDs can be registered for up to 10 years. When the domain name is due for renewal the owner is sent several email reminders inviting them to renew the domain name.
For this reason you should always keep your domain name’s contact details up to date via the Pickaweb Client Area.
These reminders are typically sent 90 days, 60 days, 30 days and 10 days before the expiry date as well as on the expiry date itself.
If the domain is not renewed the domain will cease to function once it has expired and it enters a 30 day Grace Period during which the owner can renew the domain name without any additional fees. They would only need to pay the domain renewal fee.
What Happens During the Redemption Period And How Long Does The Redemption Period Last?
However, if the 30 day Grace Period passes and you have not renewed your domain name it then enters the 40 day Redemption Period. During this time the domain can be renewed but only once a Redemption Fee has been paid. This is quite an excessive fee – please email our support team for the current Redemption Fee price.
As well as the Redemption Fee you would also need to pay for the domain’s renewal for the number of years you wish to renew it for.
Once the Redemption Fee has been paid the domain will renew after a few hours.
What Happens If I Don’t Renew The Domain In The Redemption Period?
Once the domain has left the Redemption Period it is not possible to renew the domain until it is released for re-registration by the Registry, ICANN.
Typically this will be around 70-75 days after the Redemption Period has finished although when they are released is at the sole discretion of the Registry and they are issued on a first come, first served basis.