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Consequences of not renewing a domain name and how to avoid it

by SW Team

Not renewing your domain name can cause serious consequences for your website. Each domain extension has its life cycle that you should be aware of, so that you can recover it in case you forget to renew it. In this blog we explain the importance of renewing it, the consequences of not doing it and when you can recover it. In addition, we remind you that in SW Hosting you have the automatic renewal or auto-renewal, which will prevent you from having to be aware of the expiration date to know when to renew it.

Before going into the subject, we will clarify what a domain is, to avoid confusion with other concepts. The domain is the address of your website so that people who enter it in the browser can access it.  In other words, it is a unique and easy-to-remember name used to identify and access a website on the Internet. It is composed of two parts: the domain name and the domain extension. The domain name is the main identifier of the website and can be composed of letters, numbers and hyphens. It can be the name of a company, an organization, a brand or even the name of a person. The domain extension, also known as TLD (Top Level Domain), is the final part of the domain name. Put another way, it is the designation of two or more letters found after the domain name and is used to indicate the category or type of website.

Having clarified this, let's get started

Why is it important to renew the domain name?

Renewing a domain is vital to maintain the continuity of a website and to avoid the loss of its Internet address to third parties, which can generate serious inconveniences for the online presence of a company or person. In addition, domain renewal is necessary to ensure that the website remains active and accessible to users, which is essential for the reputation and credibility of an online company or brand. If the domain expires, the website becomes inaccessible, that can generate a bad experience for visitors and negatively affect the company's image. Also, early domain renewal can avoid additional costs and legal problems in the future.

What are the consequences of not renewing it on time?

Not renewing a domain name can cause serious consequences. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Loss of traffic: If your domain name expires, the website will not be available online. The users that are trying to access your website will receive an error message and they will probably look for another option. This can result in a significant loss of traffic and potential customers for your website.
  • Loss of credibility: If users encounter an error message when trying to access the website, this can cause them to lose confidence in your site and your business in general. It can have a negative impact on your company's reputation and users' perception of your website.
  • Loss of data: If you do not renew your domain name, you may lose access to your website and all the data stored on it. This can result in a significant loss of valuable information and data for your company.
  • Loss of revenue: If your website is linked to an online business, not renewing the domain name on time can result in a significant loss of revenue. This is because potential customers will not be able to access your website, which could mean a loss of sales and loyal customers.
  • Loss of positioning: If the domain name expires and you do not renew it on time, your website could lose its position in search engines. This could cause a decrease in traffic and visibility of the website, and this is difficult to recover.
  • Additional costs: If the domain name expires, you may have to pay additional fees to renew or recover it. These costs can be significant and can negatively affect your business budget.
  • Possible domain theft: If you do not renew your domain name on time, it is possible that someone else will register it once it is available again. This can result in the loss of the domain name, as well as the need to search for and select a new one, which can be costly and discouraging.
  • Reputational damage: If the website is unavailable to visitors due to non-renewal of the domain name, this can damage the reputation of your business. Visitors may think that your website is outdated or that you are no longer in business, which may lead them to look for alternatives.
  • Legal problems: If the website is linked to a business and you do not renew the domain name on time, you may face legal problems. If someone else registers the domain name once it becomes available, there could be a legal dispute over who has the right to use the domain name.
  • Lack of communication: If the website has an e-mail address associated with the domain name, the lack of renewal can result in the loss of the ability to communicate with customers and suppliers.

What is the life cycle of a domain?

Each domain extension has its life cycle. This refers to the process from the creation to the deletion of a domain name on the Internet. This cycle consists of different stages, each with its own function and specific duration.

The first stage is the registration stage, in which a user or company registers the domain name, which is free and available, through an authorized domain registrar. Once the domain is registered, the phase in which the domain is active begins, where the domain owner has the right to use the domain until it is no longer renewed.

If a domain is not renewed and ends up expiring, depending on the extension, it will enter the Grace Period, also known as Renew Grace Period. In this period some extensions allow the domain to be renewed for a small fee. If this period is over and it has not been renewed, it goes to the next state, the Penalty Period, also known as Redemption Period. During this period, the domain can no longer be easily recovered, it has to go through a recovery process, in which, there are additional higher costs.

If the domain is not recovered during the Redemption Period, it enters the deletion phase, also known as Pending delete. During this phase, the domain is released after approximately 5 days, so that anyone can register it.

In summary, the life cycle of a domain comprises several stages and each extension has its own. Some of them are; registration, "active", renewal, redemption and deletion. It is important to understand these stages to ensure that the domain is renewed on time and kept under control. Also, as mentioned at the beginning, at SW Hosting you have automatic auto-renewal which takes the headache out of remembering which day to renew.

What is the life cycle of each extension?

Now we will explain the life cycle of the most popular domain extensions:

  • .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .mobi, .cc: These are some of the most popular and are commonly used for commercial, informational or non-profit websites. These extensions can be registered for a period of 1 to 10 years, then it must be renewed before the deadline expires. If you do not renew on time there is a Grace Period of 30 days after the expiration date, when you can still renew it for a small additional fee. However, if you do not renew during this period, it will go into Redemption Period, which lasts 30 days If it is not recovered during this period, the domain will eventually be released and will be available for anyone to register.
  • .cat: This is for websites in Catalan. This extension can be registered for a period of 1 to 5 years, then it must be renewed before the deadline expires. If it has expired, you can still try to recover it within the Grace Period of 30 days, but this may vary depending on the registrar. If this Grace Period passes, the domain goes to the 30 days of Redemption Period. After this period it immediately becomes available for anyone to re-register. It is important to note that the registration of a .cat domain is subject to certain requirements, such as demonstrating a connection to the Catalan culture and language, so not everyone can register this type of domain
  • .es: This is used for websites in Spanish. This extension can be registered for a period of 1 to 5 years, then it must be renewed before the deadline expires. It usually has a Grace Period of 9 days, in which you can renew it with a small additional cost. However, if it is not renewed during this period, it will become available for anyone to register.
  • .eu: This is used for European websites. This extension can be registered for a period of 1 to 10 years, then it must be renewed before the deadline expires. This extension has no Grace Period, directly after its expiration date, it goes into Redemption Period or Quarantine status for 40 days, during which it can be recovered by paying an additional recovery fee. If the domain is not recovered during this period, it will be deleted and available again for registration.


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