How to Get Your Domain Name Back?

The unthinkable has happened. You forgot to renew your domain name and it has gone into the 45-day limbo period. What steps can you take to make sure that you can get your domain name back before someone else purchases it?

Your choices here may be determined by your individual domain name registrar. Although there are set standards, your registrar may not be ICANN accredited, or may have different procedures.

Here are some general tips that will help you reclaim your domain name.

1. See if you are still in your redemption period. If it has only been a couple of days since your domain expired, there is a 30 day grace period that will allow you to pay a penalty fee and reclaim your domain.

However, the penalty fee may be quite high, depending on your domain name registrar. It is a good idea to know how much this fee is ahead of time, so you can be prepared for the worst. Some registrars may charge as much as $300 to re-purchase your domain.

2. If your redemption period has passed, there is a week delay before your domain will become available again. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do during this week. You cannot transfer, or re-purchase your domain until this week has elapsed.

However, you may be able to use a backordering service at this point in time. GoDaddy.com and Networksolutions.com both offer this service for an additional fee. However, you will at least be at the top of the list when the domain does become available again. If someone else has backordered the domain, there is not much that you can do.

3. Once this week has passed, your domain will go on the open market again. If you do not have a very popular domain, you may be in luck. Some domains can easily be repurchased at this point, while others are immediately snapped up.

It is not a good idea to hope for the best in this situation. If you can backorder your domain, before it becomes available, this is the only insurance you will have that someone else will not be able to purchase your domain.

4. If all else fails and someone else has purchased your domain, you can contact them to see if they will sell it back to you. This can usually be very expensive, especially if your domain name contains popular keywords, or is well known.

Your best course of action is to make sure this never happens. Try to register your domain for more than one year, and make sure that you keep your email address associated with your domain current. Most registrars will send out notices when your domain is due to expire. If your email address is defunct, you won’t receive these notices and it is easy to forget expiry dates.

You can also find a registrar that will allow you to auto-renew your domains. All you will need to do is make sure that your credit card information is accurate and you will not have to worry about missing your expiration date again.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:52 PM

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