What happens to my domain name after it expires?
Each domain name has its own registration and expiration date. Most domain names can be registered for a period from 1 to 10 years. They can be renewed
, if necessary, while they are still active or reactivated after their expiration date.
The Domain Registry marks any domain name as expired when the expiration date first begins. Once this happens, the domain name is then moved to Namecheap parking nameservers. Here, the respective website and its mail service will cease to work.
The majority of these expired domain names will remain in your Namecheap account for 30 days after the initial expiration date.
These expired domain names will appear in the Domain List as follows:
1) Labeled with Grace Status:
2) Labeled with Expired Status:
After the expiration date, Namecheap parking page
will be displayed instead of your website. Keep in mind that any stored website files on your hosting account will not be affected. However, all emails that are subsequently sent to your domain name-based email address will be lost.NOTE
: If your domain name is reactivated within 30-day Grace Period
, its respective DNS settings will be restored. Due to DNS propagation
, this might take approximately 24-48 hours for any domain-related services to start working again.
The contact information for expired domain names cannot be changed
or deleted. The Edit
button in the Domain Contacts
section will be simply disabled. Unless your contact details are protected with an active and renewed WhoisGuard subscription
, these details will remain listed for your domain name in the public Whois until it is deleted by the Registry.NOTE
: After WhoisGuard has expired, there is still a 16-day grace period when your domain name’s contact details are still protected. This service can be added for free
to any eligible domain name.
Additionally, for most gTLDs, your domain name’s contact details will not be displayed in the Whois search since the recent GDPR implementation
To ensure that services will not expire unnecessarily, we will send email reminders
(30 days, 15 days, 7 days and 1 day
, respectively) before the actual expiration date as well as on the expiration date
These email reminders will be sent to two email addresses (if they are different): 1) your account’s primary email address and 2) your domain Registrant email address.
You may also prefer to set up automatic renewal
for your domain names so they are automatically renewed.