Expired Domain. What happens? What to do?
It can take two months or longer to rescue an expired Domain name from its' suspended state. If it is left alone it will end up in the basket of Domains were forgotten domains finally end up. And there they are up for purchase.
Panic sets in when the domain expires but there's a time even after it expires where it can be saved from the ravages of the broker basket. Yes people trade in domain names like many other commodities. This is why if the domain expires it is a good idea to do your best to hold on it because there is no preferences given to the previous owner once the domain reaches the domain pool. It might get scooped up by someone and that is it. Gone. You might be lucky and it comes back to market very soon In which case you would be able to purchase the domain again if someone hasn't got to first, that is.
When a domain expires the registrant has up to 45 days recover it. After that there is a 30 day redemption grace period. After that it cannot be recovered. Expired Domain
"Once your domain has expired, it will be in Auto-Renew Grace Period (for 0-45 days), followed by a 30-day Redemption Grace Period. At the end of the Redemption Grace Period, you will not be able to renew your domain name. Your domain name will be released for registration by third parties.".
According to Google 30 days time is allowed to renew after expiry without charge. After that another 30 days is allowed for renewal but with a charge. after that period is over the domain name expires. The domain can still be recovered after 60 to 90 days but their is a fee.
Godaddy allows 18 days for renewal without charge after expiry. And then payment must be made for renewal after that period not exceeding 40 days. After that the domain cannot be recovered.
Losing your domain can really hurt. One important thing to check is your credit card number that is registered with GoDaddy or Google for auto renewal purposes. For different reasons a credit or MasterCard number can change. Auto renewal if selected with the domain provider will not happen in this case.