If I do not renew my domain, how long will it take to become available for purchase elsewhere?

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If I do not renew my domain, how long will it take to become available for purchase elsewhere?
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Scott Gorbach

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Hello Scott,

The time period is broken down into 3 phases:

The first 30 days is a period where you can still renew your domain simply by paying up.

The next 60 days (the period is actually registrar determined) are a lockdown period and this is where no-one can get access to the domain. Depending on the registrar this period may be used for an auction process where other prospective buyers can place a bid. The highest bid is the leader but they still can't get ownership until the end of the lockdown.

Once these two phases are over the domain is either sold to the highest bidder or if unclaimed is placed back into the general availability. In this case it's first in first served.

So in an uncomplicated process you are looking at 90 days.

If you have the funds then it is best to renew the domain before expiry with the original registrar and transfer it to your new registrar. There may be additional costs typically an immediate one year registration fee but often followed by the next year being discounted or free (credit in effect). You may also be able to get a significant discount on the registration fee by registering the domain for multiple years to help offset a noncredit by the winning registrar.
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Hello Scott

Can you maybe let me know why you'd want to let your domain expire? Would you like to transfer it to another registrar? Do you have any questions or problems with regard to Yola which I could assist you with?