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What’s the difference between renewing and reactivating a domain?

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2014 04:41PM CEST

Renewing a domain name is the process of extending the registration period before a domain has expired. If your domain name has expired it enters a limbo state, meaning all the services associated with it are put on hold; the domain name still exists and for a small fee it can be reactivated.  Renewing a domain name is much simpler, avoids extra fees, and where possible is always recommended.

Renewal period: This period starts two months before the expiration date and ends on the domain’s expiration date. Renewing your domain name on time keeps it safe and you will enjoy our very low renewal prices.

Reactivation/Redemption period: Your domain name has now expired and during this period your domain name will no longer be active. This means you won't be able to access any connected websites or email addresses. But don’t worry, all is not lost. Your domain can be reactivated at registry for a small reactivation fee. All domain extensions have different rules so the reactivation periods vary; generally they last about 40 days. During this period, although you have limited access there is still time to act; the domain is not released to the general public and cannot be registered by a third party.