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March 19, 2013

Domain Name Life Cycle

Filed under: Domains,General — Newbiesite Admin @ 12:46 am

Domain names are the most important thing on the internet. Everyday thousands of domains are registered and thousands are getting expired. Most domain names follow the same general life cycle, with some small differences. This article helps you to be familiar with the actual domain name life cycle from the time it is first registered through the time it is finally deleted. This will also helps you to understand what you need to do to acquire and protect your domain names.

Basic rules

A domain name can contain :

  1. English-language letters A through Z
  2. Digits 0 through 9.
  3. Hyphens – but domain name should not begin or end with hyphens.
  4. Spaces and special characters are not permitted
  5. Minimum of 3 characters, and a maximum length of 67 characters
  6. Domain Names are not case sensitive
  7. .COM – to be used for commercial and personal sites
  8. .ORG – recommended for not-for-profit organizations
  9. .NET – recommended for companies involved in data networking especially related to the Internet
  10. .biz is reserved for use by businesses.

Domain registration Phases


This is the first phase of domain registration process, which means that a domain is available to the public for registration.


A domain can be registered for a minimum period of one year and a maximum period of 10 years. even upon renewal also the domain registration can not be extent beyond 10 years. the registration cost will vary depending on the registrar.


After the registration a domain becomes active for a period which depends on the length subscription. Each domain can be renewed at the end of each term. The registrant receives renewal notices as expiration date approaches.


When a domain is not renewed on or before its expiry date, the domain name is expired. Upon expiry, all services including email account associated with the domain will no longer work. The period of expiry varies from registrar to registrar, it generally ranges from 0-40 days.

If the domain is not renewed during this phase, the domain goes to the redemption period phase.


Redemption period lasts for 30 days from the date of expiry. The domain owner can renew their domain during this period by paying a service fee plus the renewal amount.

Pending delete

If the domain is not renewed during the redemption period, then the domain goes to the pending delete phase, which lasts for a 5 calendar days. After 5 days the domain will be deleted and available to public for registration.

Deleted And Active

Upon completion of the 5 days of the Pending Delete phase, the domain name is deleted and available to anyone for registration.

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