Free Domain Expiry: Auto release to public, or expired grace period

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If I don't renew my free Yola domain after a year, will it automatically be released to the public, or will I still be able to transfer it after my free term expires?
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 Hello pat.segoe,

If you let your domain expire, it will enter what is known as a "grace period" or "redemption period". What happens is when a domain name expires it goes through a 40 day grace period, and then a redemption period of possibly 5 days to a few months. The time frame can be different for each registrar. Once this period is complete, then your domain name will be available for repurchase.  It is not possible to transfer your domain name it is in this redemption period. 

So, if you wish to transfer your domain name, it is best to do it a few weeks before your domain is set to expire. 

I hope this information is helpful.