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Domain Renewal Explained
by: Tanya Smith

Did you know that you never really “own” a domain name perpetually? Well, it’s true. What you do is rent the ownership of a domain name for a fixed period of time ranging from 1 year to 10 years. Once this time limit expires, you need to renew your domain name ownership to continue to “own” it.

If you fail to renew your domain name before it expires, you lose the right to use the domain name and it becomes available to the next person who may want to register it. If you fail to renew your domain name and someone else registers it, then you lose the ownership of the domain name and the person who registered it begins to own it.

Some domain registrars advertise domain ownership of 100 years. However, what really happens in this case is that they renew your domain name 10 times for a period of 10 years each. You end up paying in advance for payments that would be made by the registrar years later.

It is always advisable to register or renew domain names for as long as possible. If you do a domain renewal of 5 years or 10 years, you are most likely to score brownie points with search engines. This is because there are many websites that have no serious long term intent. Imagine a site like “” or “”. These sites are either formed as scams or to cash in on advertising revenues. Most of these get blacklisted by search engines and their owners are fully aware that they will eventually get blacklisted and have no intention of renewing these domain names for a long term. You send out a signal that you are in business for a long term and have serious intend and this can only help your site’s SEO and rankings in search engines.

What if you forget or fail to renew your domain name?

First of all, most domain registrars will send you email reminders well before your domain is due to expire. With many domain registrars like Ballistic Domains, you can set up auto-domain-renewal to ensure that your domain name is automatically renewed even if you forget.

However, if your domain name isn’t renewed by the renewal date, you do not immediately lose your ownership. Loss of domain ownership as a result of missing a domain renewal happens in stages as explained below:

Stage 1: Immediately after the renewal date, your domain goes into a “grace period” with your domain registrar. Depending on your domain registrar, this could be between a couple of weeks and a year. Your website stops functioning and returns an error message. However, you can still renew the domain name while it is in the grace period.

Stage 2: If the domain isn’t renewed even in the grace period, it enters the 'redemption period'. This 30-day period is your last chance to get your domain name back. In the redemption period, your contact information and all other registration information is removed from the domain name. Getting a domain name back during this period usually requires the payment of a premium, but at least the domain name is not lost and you can still get it back.

Stage 3: On expiry of the redemption period your domain name goes into the ‘pending delete’ phase for a week, but you cannot renew the domain name at this stage.

On expiry of the pending delete period, your domain becomes available to anyone who may want to register it. Your domain registrar can also put it up for auction at this stage.

How do you safeguard against losing your domain name?

* Register or renew your domain name for 5-10 years if you possible.

* Make sure you keep your contact information up to date.

* Set reminders for domain renewal or set up an auto-renewal with your domain registrar

* Make sure you renew your domain name on time, preferably before the expiry date.

To know more about domain renewals and how we can help you with your domain renewals, contact Ballistic Domains.

About The Author
Tanya Smith is an expert on private domain registration and web hosting at Ballistic Domains, USA. Ballistic Domains provides domain name registration, domain renewal, domain transfer, domain parking, dedicated web hosting and related services
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