- My domain expired! Is there a Renewal Grace Period?
Most likely, the answer is yes. A "Renewal Grace Period" is the time during which a domain owner can renew an expired domain at the regular renewal price. Most domain extensions offer a renewal grace period of up to 40 days. For example, this is the life-cycle of .COM, which has a 40 day renewal grace period: 2015/01/01 - Your domain is registered 2016/01/01 - Your domain expires 2016/01/01 - 2016/01/30 Renewal Grace Period (renewals are regular renewal price) 2016/02/01 - 2016/02/09 Renewal Grace Period (renewals include a $10 late renewal fee + regular renewal price) 2016/02/10 - 2016/03/10 Redemption Period To see the renewal grace period of each of our domain extensions, visit our TLD page and look at the "Renew" column. If you do not renew during the grace period, the domain will be deleted and is no longer controlled by Dynadot. This is known as the "Redemption Period," which is typically 30 days. If you wish to re-claim the domain, the process will be more expensive and time-consuming as Dynadot will be required to submit paperwork and payment to the central registry. Our restore prices are listed on our individual TLD pages under the "Domain Information" section. Please note that most of this money goes straight to the central registry. Domains in redemption can only be restored by the current registrant and only with the listed registrar. About 5 days after the redemption period ends, the domain is dropped from the central registry and becomes available to the general public. Domains are sold on a first come, first serve basis. High-value domains will go quickly. Two important exceptions: Some domain extensions do not offer renewal and/or redemption periods or offer them for different lengths of time. Please use the above links to check on your specific extension. Some expired domains will be sold at auction in the Expired Auctions in our Marketplace. If this is the case with your domain, there will be no redemption period though you will still have your full renewal grace period to renew before the domain is lost entirely. The best way to preserve your domain name is to set up auto-renew or renew early. Auto-renew will automatically renew your domain (as long as your payment method goes through) and with early renewals, no time is lost. Using either method can save a lot of future headaches. Keeping your contact information up to date is also important as Dynadot will send all expiration notice emails to the address on file. You can also set up a separate renewal email.
- How can I access the Hit Counter tool?
You can use our Hit Counter tool to access traffic stats for domains using our Forwarding or Stealth Forwarding settings. To access this tool, please follow these steps: Log into your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Find your forwarded domain in the list and hover over the "Quick Info" menu. Select "Hit Counter" from the available options. When the new page opens, enter in a Start Day and End Day. Press "Search". Your hit statistics will be displayed here.
- What additional information is required to register .网络 or .公司 domains?
The central registry for .网络 and .公司, CNNIC, requires either a Chinese Organization Code Certificate Number, Chinese Individual National ID Number, or a copy of your ID or business license.
- What does it mean when a domain is in "Registrar Lock" status?
A domain in "Registrar Lock" status means the registrar for that domain has locked the domain to prevent any unauthorized domain transfers as well as any changes made to that domain's settings. Usually, the actual registrant has a setting in their account that allows them to lock or unlock their domain at will (this is the case with Dynadot accounts). A domain can also be in registrar lock mode if the domain has already expired. At this point, usually the domain cannot be transferred to another domain registrar, and you will need to renew the domain with the current domain registrar.
- If I transfer my domain to you, will my website and email be affected?
If you use a third party to host your website and email, they should not be affected by the domain name transfer. We do not change the name servers for your domain during the transfer process. If you host your website and email with your registrar, they may be affected. Some registrars will only host your website or email if you register a domain with them. In this case, you should not transfer your domain until you move your website and email hosting to a third party company.
- What is a top-level domain (TLD)?
A top-level domain (TLD) is the part of a domain name to the right of the dot. For example, our domain name is dynadot.com and .com is our TLD. There are several types of top-level domains: generic, country, sponsored, and geographical. Generic TLDs or gTLDs include .COM, .NET, .ORG, and many more. These types of TLDs are available to everyone. Country code TLDs or ccTLDs are for specific countries. Each country is given their own code based on ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes (in most cases, there are a few exceptions). Some examples are .US for the United States, .UK for the United Kingdom, .DE for Germany, .CA for Canada, and .NL for the Netherlands. Some ccTLDs are restricted to residents of that country, while some are open to everyone. There are also some that are more popular within their home country, while others have been marketed for other uses - two examples of this are Montenegro's .ME, which is marketed for personal websites and Colombia's .CO, which is marketed as an alternative to .COM. These types of domains are sometimes called gccTLDs. See our full list of country code top-level domains. Sponsored TLDs (sTLDs) are specialized domain extensions that have a sponsor behind them that represents a specific community that the domain will serve. For example, .XXX is a sponsored TLD intended for adult sites. Geographic TLDs (geoTLDs) are part of a new group of TLDs that are being released for cities or geographic areas. Some examples include .NYC, .ASIA, .TOKYO, and more. See a full list of regional TLDs and city TLDs. You may have heard of the new TLDs as well. Starting in 2014, many new TLDs were released. We are continuing to launch new TLDs in 2016 and it could go into additional years. See what new TLDs launched in 2014 and launched in 2015. We offer almost 500 TLDs - see our full list of TLDs to find and register your perfect domain name today! What is a second-level domain (SLD)?What is a third-level domain?
- If I register a domain name through your company, who is the owner? Is it me or Dynadot?
You are the owner of all domain names that you register through us. As long as you continue to renew your domain, you are the owner. If you do not renew, then the domain is deleted and someone else can become the owner. Dynadot is an ICANN accredited domain registrar, not a reseller. This means that we have a direct connection with the central registries of the domains we sell. See our blog post on the "3 R's of the Domain Industry: Registry, Registrar, & Reseller" for more information. If you aren't sure if you're considered the owner of your domain, do a Whois lookup to see if your information is listed (keep in mind your information may not be listed if you are using a privacy service).
- What is spam?
"Spam" is email that is both unsolicited and in bulk. Unsolicited means that the recipient has not granted permission for the message to be sent. Bulk means that the same message has been sent to many people usually all at once. An email that is unsolicited but not sent in bulk is fine, such as asking about a product before buying it. An email that is sent in bulk but not unsolicited is fine, such as sending a newsletter. But sending an email that is both unsolicited and in bulk is spamming. Dynadot does not allow its services to be used for the transmission of spam. See our spam policy for more info.
- What is your Spam Policy?
Dynadot does not allow its services to be used for the transmission of spam. If we receive any complaints about your domain being used to send spam, we will promptly start an investigation. First, you will receive an email warning from us notifying you that we have received a spam complaint for your domain(s), and asking you to stop sending spam. If you choose to ignore our warning and continue to send spam, we will deactivate your domain or disable your entire Dynadot account (depending on the severity of the situation). You will no longer be able to control the name servers for your domain(s), and instead a Dynadot "domain cancelled for spam abuse" page will appear in its place. You will not receive a refund or an account credit. To report a domain that has sent spam, please submit a spam complaint.
- When should I renew my .EU domain name?
.EU domains have no renewal grace period. If not renewed, they will be deleted from your account 5 days prior to their expiration date. If you wish to recover your domain after it is deleted, you will need to pay the restore fee of $29.99.