Important: This article applies to Network Solutions® customers only.

Thousands of domain names expire every day, but getting an expired domain name is easy! Just search the list of expired domain names or back order the expiring domain. Just tell us the domain names you want to receive notifications when they expire. Of course, search first to see if the domain name that you want is still available, click here to start your domain search.

Domains—How Do They Expire?

Domains expire for many reasons, mainly because the registrant does not pay the renewal fee or has simply lost interest in the domain. When a domain registration expires, the domain becomes available to the public until someone registers it.

Explaining Domain Expiration

There is a common misconception that domains expire on their expiration date. If a domain registration is not renewed by its expiration date, the domain simply goes into an expired status, which means the services associated with the domain are shut off. From the expiration date, Network Solutions® strives to provide a 35-day grace period during which time the current holder can still renew the domain for a standard renewal fee, achieving this status is a good indicator that the domain may not be renewed.

After the grace period, the domain enters the redemption period. During this period, all WHOIS information is erased and the domain now costs the current holder an additional fee to reactivate and renew the domain registration. When a domain enters this phase, the registrant has decided not to renew. You can place a back order at any time during this process to ensure you are first in line when the domain registration becomes available.

Partnering with NameJet

Network Solutions has partnered with NameJet®, the premiere auction platform for expired and deleted domain names, to bring you more options for back ordering domain names.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list to purchase a specific domain name that does not get renewed, for example, .com, .net, .org, .biz or .info, click the following link to assist you with back ordering the domain through NameJet.

Should you choose not to take advantage of services from NameJet, you can:

  • Contact the Current Account Holder.
  • Click here to search for a domain name you wish to back order.