- Can I get my $10 late renewal fee waived?
As of April 15, 2017, domains in their last 10 days of grace renewal period will be charged a $10 late renewal fee. Since this is a new policy, this fee may be waived once per account at our discretion during the transition period. The transition period will run from April 15, 2017 - December 31, 2017. Please contact us for more information at email@example.com.
- How do I mark my domain for deletion?
If you don't want to keep your domain name, you can mark it for deletion. This is different from a grace period deletion and you will not receive any account credit if you choose to delete your domain this way. To mark your domain for deletion before the expiration date, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. In the "Domain Name" column, click on your domain name (which should be a link). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the "Request Deletion" section. Click on the confirm check box, and then click the "Request Deletion" button. If the "Request Deletion" button is not present, you may need to unlock your domain first. If your domain is set to auto-renew, please disable those settings. The domain will be deleted 30 days after your request, so if you change your mind, you will need to cancel your deletion request before then. If your domain is close to expiration, you can also choose to set your domain to "do not renew" and let it naturally expire. NOTE: .EU, .BE, .UK, and .AT domains cannot be marked for deletion. For .AT domains, only a signed document from the .AT registrant can cancel the registration.
- 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 is a domain restore? Why does it cost so much in comparison to a domain renewal?
A domain should be renewed before its expiration date. If the domain expires, you can still renew it after the expiration date for a certain grace period (40 days usually). These renewals are at the regular renewal price until the last 10 days of the grace renewal period during which we charge a $10 late renewal fee. If you do not renew the domain within the grace period, then the domain is deleted. Dynadot no longer controls the domain name and it can no longer be renewed. After a certain redemption period (30 days usually), the domain is released back to the public and anyone can register it. If you decide you still want the domain within the redemption period, you need to restore it. This is a time consuming process that is not automated. We actually have to submit paperwork to complete the restore. Most of the price you pay goes to the central registry, not us. All restores include a 1 year renewal. A domain restore should not be confused with a backordering service. A domain restore is for domains that have been registered by Dynadot, but were deleted after the renewal grace period since the owner did not renew the domain. This is only for our customers who wish to restore a domain they had registered with us, but forgot to renew the domain after it expired. See our TLD List to find out the renewal grace period of each domain extension. Learn more about the domain lifecycle
- 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 the Afternic DLS Premium and the SedoMLS Premium checkbox on the advanced search page?
When you search for a domain using our advanced domain search, you can opt to also search for premium domains from Afternic and Sedo, our domain aftermarket partners, by checking off the "Afternic DLS Premium" and/or the "SedoMLS Premium" check boxes. You can also opt to not pull in aftermarket premium domains by unchecking the boxes.
- What does it mean when a domain is set to "Do Not Renew"?
Don't want to keep your domain? You have the option to set it to "Do Not Renew." When a domain is set to "Do Not Renew," it will no longer appear in your "Expiring Domains" section on the "Account Summary" page. Furthermore, you will no longer receive expiration email notifications for these domains.
- How do I register a domain name for more than one year?
You can select the number of years you'd like to register your domain from within our shopping cart. To register a domain name for more than one year, please follow these steps: Navigate to the Domain Name Search page. Enter the domain name you wish to register in the search field. Select the domain name you want to register by clicking the appropriate checkbox. (You can also add domain privacy here as well.) Click on the "Add" button. The item will be added to your shopping cart at the top of the page. Go to your shopping cart and click on the "Edit Cart" button. On the "Your Shopping Cart" page, you should see a drop-down menu allowing you to change the duration of the domain registration. Select the duration you want for your domain registration (up to 10 years for most domain extensions). Follow the "Checkout" buttons to submit your order. Please note that some top-level domain extensions (TLDs) have limits on the number of years you can register your domain. Our drop down menu will reflect this.
- Where can I find a list of my inactive domains?
Any domains that have expired, been deleted, been moved, or been transferred away are considered "inactive" and will be listed in our inactive domains page within your Dynadot account. To find a list of your inactive domains, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Inactive Domains" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. This page is defaulted to list domains by their expiration date, with the most recent dates at the top; however, you can also click on "Domain Name" to list it alphabetically by domain name. You can also use the search to find domains more easily. You can potentially restore a domain on this page. If the domain is eligible to be restored, it will have a check box next to it.