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    What if I forgot to renew my domain on time? Does a registrar have the right to immediately block a domain? I thought I had some time to renew the domain. I found out now it costs $200 to restore.

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    Re: Domains and registrars

    They have the right to do whatever you agreed to.

    It is not at all uncommon for them to hold the domain name without reassigning it, expecting that the owner will eventually show up to ask to get it back. And the fee is often a few hundred dollars. Eventually they will have to sell it again if it is unclaimed, of course. They don't like to have a domain name sitting around not making money any more than a mortgage company wants the liability of an empty house on the books. They'll work with you, but they are a business trying to make money.

    I just have my registrar bill a credit card when the renewal comes due.
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    Re: Domains and registrars

    Quote Originally Posted by jolibe View Post
    What if I forgot to renew my domain on time? Does a registrar have the right to immediately block a domain? I thought I had some time to renew the domain. I found out now it costs $200 to restore.
    That is the part of how the domain registry itself handles expired domains and grace period that is in place for some domains.

    Here's a decent article on how to validate if a domain can be recovered or not:
    https://docs.gandi.net/en/domain_nam...w/restore.html

    And the list of deadlines:
    https://docs.gandi.net/en/domain_nam...eadlines-table

    That may differ based on who your registrar is though.

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    They have the right to do whatever you agreed to.

    It is not at all uncommon for them to hold the domain name without reassigning it, expecting that the owner will eventually show up to ask to get it back. And the fee is often a few hundred dollars. Eventually they will have to sell it again if it is unclaimed, of course. They don't like to have a domain name sitting around not making money any more than a mortgage company wants the liability of an empty house on the books. They'll work with you, but they are a business trying to make money.

    I just have my registrar bill a credit card when the renewal comes due.
    Same here. I've also get email notifications set up at my domain registrar who will email me when my domain is 90, 60, and 30 days from renewal/expiration.
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    Re: Domains and registrars

    What domain zone are you talking about? Is this some kind of exotic domain zone? Because https://pananames.com/, for example, has restoration prices starting at $50. I recently restored .com and it cost $64.84
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    Re: Domains and registrars

    I don't know if it's a standard policy, but my registrar, DirectNIC, has a 30-day grace period after the expiration date. You can renew for the standard $15 fee.

    I'm not sure I understand how this extortion scheme works. If the domain has actually expired, you should be able to claim it once again if no one has snatched it up already. So did your provider re-register the name and now wants $200 to hand it back to you? Have you done a "whois" search for the domain? What organization is listed as the owner?

    (On Linux, you can install the "whois" package, then run "whois domain.name" from the command prompt.)
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    Re: Domains and registrars

    Quote Originally Posted by gabsont View Post
    What domain zone are you talking about?
    I'm talking about .net domain name

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    Re: Domains and registrars

    For .net, .com, .org, (gTLDs) my registrar has a 40 day grace period with no additional fee. After 40 days, they charge $150 to renew. Names are not returned to the pool immediately, but they are eventually.

    Some ccTLDs (Country Top Level Domains) revert back to the pool immediately after 30 days. Germany (.de) for instance. You have to pay the new owner if it has been picked up.

    gTLDs can each be subject to different rules, but since we are talking .net, I don't think anything extraordinary applies.

    The bottom line is this: The registrar can charge whatever the purchaser agreed to. If the name has been returned to the pool and subsequently re-purchased, the new owner calls the shots. The registrar may attempt to help you get your domain back, but the new owner squatting on it may extract a painful price.
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    Re: Domains and registrars

    Quote Originally Posted by jolibe View Post
    I'm talking about .net domain name
    You can check it yourself. For example, at the registrar where I register domain names these prices are known in advance.

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