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#1 Stotic


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Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:32 PM

I was planning on registering a certain domain when it expired. Its actually a college radio domain name I wanted. The old webmaster has since graduated and hasn't updated the site in 2 years and hasn't answered any of our emails. The WHOIS says that the domain expires on Oct 28th. It is now Oct 29th and it is still active yet the WHOIS still lists it as expiring yesterday. I emailed the company that the person registered the domain with and they sent me some bs response:

"We understand that you are interested in registering an expired domain name.

The expiration date listed for a domain name in the WHOIS may not coincide with the name becoming available for registration. The WHOIS database may not be updated immediately to reflect the renewal of the domain name registration, or the Registrar of the domain name may allow the current Registrant a grace period in which to renew the expired registration. We are unable to provide further information about the availability of expired domain names."

If this is true, then what is the point of listing the expiration date in the WHOIS. It kind of eliminates the point of it if there's so many fine lines within it. What am I supposed to do? I'm waiting to launch the new site and I don't want to wait forever.

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:45 PM

Unfortunately it can take quiet a while as it goes through various registry holds, redemption periods, etc.

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Its annoying but it can sometimes take a month if not more to be ready to register. You can backregister it with a registrar so they register it the second it becomes available. Prices are generally reasonable.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:24 PM

Actually, you have anywhere from 60 -90 days after a domain expires before it's up for grabs. I've been doing this for a few years now.

You have to understand and respect the grace period. It's the same if your bill expired, you don't want your services lost forever do you? Even here in the US,, after deliquent property taxes, even after they put up your property for sale due to taxes, and someone else buys it, you still have upto one year to pay off the taxes and regain your property, even after it's been bought.

As far as waiting for the domain name, just register another name just to get you started. But other than that, there's nothing much you can do about an expired domain name until it's up for grabs.

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