The Domain life cycle
The domain name life cycle is the different phases that a domain goes through to stay active - from registration to expiry and eventual deletion.
A domain will enter the expiry phase if the billing account is not up to date or a cancellation request has been done before the renewal date.
- Available for new registration
This means the domain name is available to be registered by a registrar and has not been registered by any entity.
- Active domain
The domain has now been registered and is active. The domain will be registered for 1 year before needing renewal.
- Domain expires - Renewal phase
If the domain name is not renewed by the renewal date advised, the domain expires and will no longer function. This expiry phase allows a grace period of 30 - 45 days for the domain to be renewed.
- Redemption or Grace phase
After the expiry phase, the domain enters a redemption phase which is valid for 30 days depending on the registrar. During this phase, the domain can be renewed but additional fees will apply.
- Pending deletion phase
If you do not renew your domain during the renewal and redemption phase, your domain will enter the pending deletion phase for 5 days and all data will then be deleted permanently, and the domain will become available for public registration.
If you cancel a new domain within the first 7 days from registration, the new domain name registration will be completely deleted.
If you would like to know How to renew a domain, please read our article to find out more.