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The domain lifecycle and “drop process”

Domains are registered for a period of between 1 and 10 years. The drop process is different for each gTLD and ccTLD.


(Global Top Level Domains are not country specific) e.g. .com, .club, .global, etc.

  1. Domain Registered for 1 to 10 years.
  2. Domain expires and connected sites and services cease to resolve.
  3. Domain enters an auto-renew grace period of 0 – 45 days, depending on the registrar.
  4. Domain enters redemption period. Domain is suspended and services attached to the domain cease to function. Domain renewal is possible at increased cost.
  5. Domain enters a pending delete period for 5 days until the domain drops.

Domain ‘drops’ and becomes available for registration once more.

ccTLDs (Country Code Top Level domains) 

A table showing some of the more popular ccTLDs and when they expire.

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Updated on September 16, 2021

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