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The issue of grace periods arises when a domain name is not been renewed before the set expiration date.

Grace periods as laid-out by domain registries, give an extra time for a domain owners to renew their expired domains. However, the domain will remain inactive until it is renewed or re-registered if the grace periods are exceeded.

The length of domain grace periods varies with TLDs (Top Level Domains), which means they are different for some groups of domain, as governed by different bodies. The two major groups of TLDs include the Generic TLDs (gTLDs) and the Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs).

Let’s take a quick look at the grace periods for each of these TLDs:

Generic TLDs’ (gTLDs) Grace Periods

This group includes TLDs such as .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .xyz, .online and lots more. For this set of domains the following grace periods apply;

Renew Grace Period

As soon as a gTLD expires, a grace period of 30 days is applied to the domain and within this period, the domain owner can renew the domain, using the regular renewal procedures. Hence, there will be no extra charges for this operation on Z.COM.

The domain will be active as soon as the renewal process is complete and all will be fine again.

Redemption Period

This is an extension of the previous period but involves more processes and costs more. The redemption period gives the domain owner another 30 days to still get back the domain. However, when the domain gets to this stage, it will placed on auction and can be sold off to other bidders but the last owner (which is you) will be given a higher priority.

Hence, you will have to contact our support team if you wish to get the domain from redemption and we will assist you with finding out the bidding price, after which you will pay the regular renewal fee.

Please note that, getting domains out of redemption are not always successful, some may be lost to other bidders.

Country code TLDs (ccTLDs)

ccTLDs include domains such as .ph and this set of domains have varying grace periods based on their country’s registries. Since this is a country-wise domain policy, these grace periods therefore, applies to their Second-Level-Domains (SLDs) such as com.ph, net.ph and org.ph;

Renew Grace Period

Although some ccTLDs follow the grace pattern of gTLDs, not all of them provide an exact match. ccTLDs such as .ph gives a straight renewal grace period of 60 days for the domain owner to get the domain back and active using the regular renewal procedure on Z.COM at no extra cost.

Redemption Period

.ph registry does not provide this form of grace period. Hence, the domain will be later opened for fresh registration after the renew grace period is exceeded.

In conclusion, it is not a good idea to allow your domain name expire and if circumstances permits such, then you should ensure that the domain is renewed within the first 30 days to avoid further complications.

However, getting your domain back is what matters and we will do our best to assist you in the process.