I’ve been curious to see how Godaddy was going to handle the expired auction process to avoid domain renewals or transfers, thus ending the auction.
In November Godaddy sent out an email stating that they were shortening the grace period and advised their customers that the domains couldn’t be transferred or renewed after that time period.
My first thought was, “how the hell are they going to do that?” and my second was, “well that doesn’t seem accurate, what about redemption?” So we all know about the domain life cycle right? The domain Sherpa has a whole article outlining the process, but for a quick review:
-The registration period of 1 year
-Auto renew grace with variable time depending on the registrar,
-Redemption for 45 days. This was designed as the fail safe so you wouldn’t lose your domain. A fee is required payable to Verisign to get the name out of redemption. Verisign actually puts a limit of $80 or $40 depending on the time of the year, for this fee. Many registrars charge a surplus despite the cap, I assume they’re calling is something else behind the scenes.
-Pending Delete for 5 days
-The drop starting at 14:00 Eastern Time. The name becomes available to the fastest drop catcher
So the inaccurate part of the Godaddy statement is that you can still renew your domain when it’s in redemption. But now there’s apparently a window of time that you will not be able to renew or transfer the domain, while the name goes through the auction.
I wasn’t sure how this would work, as you should still be able to renew or transfer a domain in Auto Renew grace. I mean if ICANN set up a fail safe redemption time period the intent was certainly to allow the registrant the ability to renew the domain at any time up until that point.
Godaddy isn’t going to let a name that is going through the auction to enter Redemption because they would also have to pay the fee to Verisign. So where is the domain when it’s in auction? It’s in the ether, in the “upside down” (if you’ve watched Stranger things) where you can’t renew it.
I figured out today that what they are doing is putting the name into pending transfer once the domain has a bid and is guaranteed to sell. This places the name in a holding pattern where it is no longer in Grace but hasn’t reached Redemption. It’s not really in pending transfer since it’s staying at Godaddy and it could be that some names are actually in some other status that I haven’t found.
As far as domains that do not have a bid, I don’t know how they are restricting the users ability to transfer or renew as the domain remains in the Grace period. As I’ve said, the domain can be renewed once it hits redemption.
Godaddy obviously makes a ton of money on the auction process, it’s free money. They have to weigh that against the customers that are using their other services, like hosting a personal or business site. These people will have no idea what’s going on. I think more of them will lose their domains and not be happy with Godaddy.
It’s complicated enough for domainers to figure out and understand the domain life cycle, the average domain using customer will be clueless.
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AntiMicrobes.com kill these little organisms, so they don’t make you sick
BeeOil.com I like to call it honey, but bee oil might be a good brand.
BikeEveryday.com People like to bike, I do. It’s more productive that running, I can go a lot farther than a runner with much less energy. Why would you run anywhere?
BitSeriously.com Ends with a question mark, a site for those confused about Bitcoin
CoinLaunder.com Need a way to turn all that drug cash into legitimate, untraceable, legal tender? Use this coin
EverBulb.com The new light bulb that never goes out
ExtraWorth.com Get more out of something
FreeHandout.com Things that you get and never have to worry about paying it back or where it came from
GoAlgebra.com I study site for students to learn about algebra
GreenNiche.com Business’s that are all about green. Like St Paddy’s day suppliers, and landscapers
HeartMove.com Love move?
HomeProspect.com A site for finding your next home
Inspectly.com A brand for a company that inspects something. Could be home inspections
IntoDanger.com Sounds like a bold name, maybe a book or movie
InvestOriginal.com Maybe a site for buying the real thing, not a reproduction
LessonDay.com Today is the day to learn something, tomorrow might not be, but today is
LogicalLemon.com No idea what it is but I can see fruit wearing glasses and making the best decisions
LoveHerMore.com A site to learn how to show your women you love her more than you show
MightyGarden.com Shane has a mighty garden
NeverGetWet.com Gremlins. Don’t feed them after midnight or get them wet.
NuAgency.com I’ve sold several names with “nu” as the prefix. Agency seems like a good one considering I was able to sell my crap nu names
PlayerContest.com Usually there’s some sort of contest if players are involved, but you get the idea
QuitTexting.com A call to action name for a don’t text and drive marketing campaign. Also you shouldn’t bid on domain auctions or trade crypto currency. It’s a hard rule to follow if you drive 2 hours to work…
ReallyMarket.com Don’t just market, really market
Reorigin.com Where something comes from, again
RespectAllLife.com I assume this is a vegan name, All would include animals… Well shit, plants are alive too, aren’t they? I don’t know what it means now.
RivalFaction.com The team or group that always seems to have your number
Sneakoscope.com Straight out of Harry Potter, use the sneakoscope to eavesdrop
SnowExplore.com Skiing snowshoeing type site
ThenLeave.com If you don’t like it here then leave
TurboOptions.com Really fast options
Wacksters.com These guys are really goofy
WealthLocker.com A secure place to store all your stuff
YesAlert.com The positive alert system
YesIWillPledge.com A name for a pledge drive, use it for marketing your cause
YouFondle.com With all the fondling out there, you might need a place online to track it all
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LLL’s, CCC’s, 5L’s
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