If you’ve ever spent hours trying to come up with a good domain name for your new site, you know how frustrating it can be. Don’t worry, there’s a better solution that you can use to land that premium domain name of your dreams.
Every day, hundreds of domain names get dropped from domain registrar lists. Many of those go quietly unclaimed for years.
Instead of trying to brainstorm a new domain name for your site, why not browse thousands of popular domains that have already expired?
The Domain Expiration Process
When someone registers a domain name, they don’t actually “own” that domain. They lease that domain name for a certain amount of time.
This usually ranges anywhere from one to five years.
For any variety of reasons, many people never get around to renewing their domain. When that happens, the domain expiration process follows specific steps.
- The registrar informs the owner that their domain name has expired
- The domain name enters a grace period (usually from 2 to 40 days)
- If the domain is not renewed, it could be auctioned off if there are any backorders (see below)
- If it’s not renewed or purchased at an auction,