names pass through a defined lifecycle. Many potential domain
names have never been registered, so are available should you
wish to register them.
you register a domain you can choose how long you wish to register
it for in multiples of years. The stages a domain passes through
are shown in the diagram above.
This is the state a domain is in when you have registered it in
your name. As the expiration date approaches you can reregister
it or if you choose not to, then it will move through stages before
it is available for others to register
- Just On Hold
The domain has expired (passed it's expiration date). Your web
site tied to this domain will continue to work for a short period
of time, but the registrar can send the hold or delete command
at any time.
- On Hold
The nameservers of your web hosting company associated with the
domain are no longer tied to the domain. This means the website
will now not be found and any email accounts associated with the
domain will stop working.
- Expire Soon
The registrar will send the delete command to the registry and
the registry will delete the domain
The domain is now available again to be registered by anybody
who wants to.