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What happens when my gTLD domain name expires?
Updated Wednesday April 26th 2017 / Category Registration, Renewal and Expiry

When your domain name expires, different things can happen depending on the extension. In this article, however, we will be focusing on gTLD domain names – that specifically means any domain that is a generic top level domain, and this usually means governed by ICANN.

Please note: This does not apply to legacy domains that are with Realtime Register, TPP Wholesale or any other legacy provider.

What is a gTLD domain name?

A gTLD domain name is a ‘generic top level’ domain name. A common example is .COM or .NET or .BIZ.

Renewing a domain name before expiration

As per policy set by the registry, we will send the registrant contact on the domain name emails at 90/60/30/10/5/1 day(s) before expiration of the domain, with instructions on how to renew the domain name. We will also send an email on the day of expiration, to let you know that the domain name has expired and that any web-hosting or email services tied to the domain will cease to function (as DNS will stop responding).

If you do renew the domain name before expiration, then there will be no disruption to any web hosting or email hosting services associated with the domain name and you will notice the date in VIPControl will increment. You can choose to renew your domain name for up as many years as you like, with a cap of 10 years total on the domain name.

VIPControl will present the options to you, including the price, and only the options your domain name is eligible to be renewed for (example, if your domain has over 4 years remaining and you want to add more years, VIPControl will only show you up to 5 years renewal).

Renewing domain name through VIPControl

Renewing your domain name through VIPControl is easy, and takes a few seconds to complete.

  1. Login to your VIPControl account.
  2. Click the Manage my Domains button on your VIPControl dashboard.
  3. Click on the domain name you want to renew, and hit the Renew link.
  4. You will be presented with a dropdown, select the number of years you wish to renew for and hit Renew
  5. VIPControl will generate you an invoice for the renewal.
  6. Make payment to the invoice, and after payment is received the domain name will be renewed.

Please note: Your domain name will only be renewed when payment to the invoice has been made. If your domain name is expiring soon, it’s a good idea to ensure you make prompt payment to the invoice (bearing in mind that BPay payments can take a few business days to land, so in these cases using an instant payment method – credit card or PayPal – is advisable).

Renewing your domain name after expiration

When a gTLD domain name expires, we place a status of ‘client-hold’ onto the domain name which will stop the DNS from resolving on the domain. This means that any web hosting or email services you have associated with the domain name will cease to function.

At the time of expiration, you have 40 days to renew the domain name before it enters the Redemption Grace Period (RGP). Anytime between the expiration date and 40 days, you can renew your domain through VIPControl using the options detailed above.

Outside of the 40 day period (when the domain enters RGP), you will need to contact our support team via eTicket to have a Restore performed on the domain name. This fee varies, and is usually around $120 AUD plus the regular renewal rate of the domain name. Our team will confirm the fee with you, and you can proceed if you choose to.

Whilst in the RGP, you have 30 days before the domain name will enter PendingDelete for 5 days (at which time you can no longer manually renew the domain) and it will then randomly drop and be available for general purchase (to anybody) at any time after the 5 day period (the drop is usually random, and can happen at any time).

For a visual representation of the gTLD life cycle, please see the image below:

If you have any questions on the gTLD lifecycle that we implement, please do not hesitate to contact our support team through VIPControl.


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