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What happens when a domain expires?
What happens when a domain expires?

Domain life cycle: available → active → grace period → redemption period → deletion period

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The life cycle of a domain consists of these phases:

Available for registration

A domain starts its life cycle as Available for registration. Once you have chosen your desired domain name, you can check if it is available via our Domain Checker.


If your chosen domain is available, you can make it Active:

  1. Purchase or claim it for free

  2. Register it

  3. Configure it

At Zyro, the active period lasts for 1 year. If the domain owner wants to keep the domain after the first year, they simply have to pay the standard domain renewal fee. The safest way to make sure your domain doesn't accidentally expire is to keep domain auto-renewal enabled.

Grace period

Once a domain reaches its expiry date and has not been renewed, it enters the Grace period, which varies from 0 to 45 days. During this period, you can redeem your domain name with no risk of deletion. The grace period does not include any additional fees – you can simply renew the domain with the standard renewal price.

NOTE: Some TLDs don't have a grace period, thus enter the Redemption period right after the expiry date; if you are not sure if your domain has a grace period, contact us, and we'll clarify it for you

Redemption period

After the grace period, a domain enters the Redemption period, which lasts for 30 days. Renewing a domain that's in the redemption period usually has an extra fee that varies depending on the TLD.

Pending Deletion

When the redemption period ends, a domain enters the Pending deletion stage. During this period, there are no further options but to wait until the domain name is deleted and becomes available for registration again, so you can re-purchase it.

NOTE: Remember that once a domain becomes available again, anyone can purchase and register it

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