Once you decide on a domain name, the next step is to check if it has not been taken and ultimately to register. When you register, there are two options you can consider:
- You can find a domain registrar
- Or a web hosting company with your own domain registry.
Since you will be creating a Web site, in any case, the option number two will be the most convenient. Think of it as relying on one-stop-shop for all the needs of your site.
Now, the management of the site may be handful. Thus, it is natural to forget even the smallest things – even to renew your domain name after it expires. If that happens, what can you do to get it back?
The answer lies in how much time has passed since the domain has expired. The chances of recovery of the domain name becomes slimmer, the more time passed. These are the options that you can explore, depending on how long you’ve forgotten the expiration date of your domain name:
Only a few days
There is a great chance for you to renew uninhibited – especially if you maintained it regularly. Most domain registrars, as a rule, have a grace period for the extension, which lasts up to 40 days.
If you forget the expiration date, in this period of time the only way to know if you can still renew it, simply ask your hosting company or domain registrar company.
As previously mentioned, the usual extension to extend to 40 days. Then the repayment period, which lasts for 30 days. Basically, this is the period before the unclaimed expired domain are up for auction. You can reclaim your domain name at this time, but it will cost you extra.
After the redemption period not its the pending deletion status. This means that it will be removed/deleted in the registry. The good thing about this is the domain name is almost as good as new. One drawback is, if there is a back order for it, someone might take it as soon as it becomes available. To prevent this, you can make your move as soon as possible.
What if Someone Takes My Domain Name? 😯
In this case, the best chance to recover your domain name to buy it from the new owner. You can negotiate a deal. However, if the new owner claimed your domain name illegally, you can file a dispute of the UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy).
So, if you forgot to renew the domain name, all is not lost. Just pay attention to the following periods of time to help you decide what you can do to return the domain name. Every domain name registrar send 4-10 email reminder of renewing the domain name at least 4 months earlier before the domain expire.