When will an expired website become available?

Posted on 2011-10-27
Last Modified: 2013-11-18
Hi All

If a website expired on 1st October 2011.  What is the exact day it becomes available to the public?

I have looked at the nominet website and it says all different amounts of days and times and i'm not totally sure what the total time equates to.
Question by:auraorange
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    Accepted Solution

    Typically it takes 75 days before it is available to public. Please read the article to understand how a domain expires.

    Title: How to Snatch an Expiring Domain

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    Expert Comment

    For most top level domains, there is a 90 day period after they expire before they're released entirely. This gives the person who had the domain a chance to reregister if they forgot to renew.
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    Assisted Solution

    it depends on who it was registered through.  Also if a hold was placed on the domain name in question.
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    That is true. For instance, with some webhosts, they'll offer a free domain registration, and they'll lock the domain in, and autorenew on the date of expiry. Also, I've had some hosts only register the domain for a year at a time, even though I had a two year contract, and just renewed it when it was to expire.

    Plus, as RDAdams mentioned, if someone placed a hold on it, they'll get first dibs after it expires.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for the advice all.

    How can I place a hold on it them?
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    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you for the feedback

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