Understanding the domain lifecycle

When you do a Domain Whois lookup, you will see:

   Domain Name: DOTEASY.COM
   Registrar: TUCOWS INC.
   Whois Server: whois.tucows.com
   Referral URL: http://domainhelp.opensrs.net
   Name Server: DNS1.IN2NET.COM
   Name Server: DNS2.IN2NET.COM
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Status: clientUpdateProhibited
   Updated Date: 24-jul-2007
   Creation Date: 21-aug-1999
   Expiration Date: 21-aug-2008

>>> Last update of whois database: Mon, 31 Mar 2008 22:46:07 UTC <<<

Status: OK (or Status: ACTIVE)

An OK status signifies that the domain is not locked, expired, on hold, in redemption or pending deletion.


The expiration date will be pushed forward a year by the registrar and is not an accurate indicator that the domain has expired. After expiration, the domain will lapse into a grace period of about 40 days. As during expiration, the user can renew the domain for the same cost as a regular domain renewal.


After the renewal grace period has lapsed, the domain will enter the Redemption Period, which can last up to 30 days. At this stage, the domain will  cost more to renew since the central registry will charge additional fees for redeeming domains that are in the Redemption Period.


The final step is deletion, which occurs 5 days after the Redemption Period ends. The domain will be removed from the registry entirely and then become publicly available for registration.

Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK (or Status: TransferProhibited)

This usually means that the domain is locked by the domain registrar. A lock prevents a domain from being transferred. The owner or the registrar will have to unlock the domain, which then the status will be restored to ACTIVE.

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24th of December, 2014

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