The domain name life cycle
It's important to know the main stages of a domain name's life before it expires. Here are the crucial points to keep in mind.
Depending on the registrar, a domain name may be registered for between 1 and 10 years. The domain owner can renew their domain name as many times as they wish, but if they don't, it will fall back into the public domain.
The day after its expiry, a domain name goes through 3 phases before it falls back into the public domain and can be registered once again.
This makes it possible for domain name owners to easily retrieve their domain name up to 30 days after its expiry date. For national extensions, the registrar for each country decides a domain name's life cycle. For certain extensions, there is no such time frame and domain names can be registered as soon as they have expired.
You don't purchase a domain name, you rent it
A domain name isn't bought, it's rented. A domain name can be compared to a fixed-term contract that can be renewed or terminated. In reality, you buy the right to own a domain name for a fixed period between 1 and 10 years.
As soon as you stop renewing your domain name, it will expire and no longer belong to you. Some companies even specialise in retrieving domain names that were not renewed by their owners in order to sell them.
Renew for several years
Your domain name's expiry - whether 1 or 10 years - has absolutely no influence on its search engine ranking, despite what you may read online.
Renew it asap
If you know you're going to keep a domain, why wait to renew it and run the risk of missing the renewal deadline? Don't put off until tomorrow what may be done today.
Opt for auto-renewal
This is the easiest way to manage your domain name portfolio. You will only need to lift a finger when you want to terminate a domain name, which rarely happens. This system is a replacement for renewing domain names over several years.
You can check the status of any domain name at www.ovh.com/cgi-bin/whois.pl.