When you register a domain name you register it for a specified number of years. With most types of domain you can usually register them for between 1 to 10 years.
When your domain name is approaching its expiry date you are sent several emails in advance to notify you of its expiry and providing you details to renew it. Typically these are sent at the following intervals:
On Expiry Date
If you want to be sure you can set your domain name to auto-renew and as long as the payment details on record are valid then an invoice will be generated on the expiry date for an additional period of years specified by you. Domains can be set to auto-renew via your billing area.
However, if you do not renew your domain name immediately don’t worry, you can still renew it although there are different rules for different types of domains.
What Happens If My UK Domain Expires?
If you have a UK domain like .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk etc., then the domain will continue to work up to 30 days after the expiry date. At this point the domain is suspended by the UK Domain Registry (Nominet).
This means that all services will stop functioning, such as your website and emails.
You can renew your UK domain name up to 90 days after its expiry date. If it is not renewed after 90 days then it will be cancelled. On the 83rd day you are sent a final email from Nominet inviting you to renew your domain.
If you do not renew it then it is cancelled 90 days after the expiry date and it is released for registration on a first come, first served basis.
What Happens If My .Com Domain Expires?
With TLDs you have 30 days after the domain expires to renew it at no extra cost other than the cost of renewing the domain name for the number of years you specify.
However, after 30 days the domain enters a 40 day Redemption Period during which the domain can be renewed but only by paying a Redemption Fee in addition to the cost of the renewal for the number of years you specify.
Once a TLD domain has passed the Redemption Period it will be re-released for registration on a first come first served basis approximately 75 to 80 days following expiry. There is no guarantee that the original registrant will be able to renew the domain though.
For details of the Redemption Fee please contact Pickaweb Support. For more information on the Redemption Period please see details on the ICANN website.
The only major exception is the .eu domain extension where domains are immediately put into the Redemption Period if they are not renewed before the expiry date.