Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Domain Registration (*)

How do I change the name servers of a domain registered here?

What are the steps involved in an inbound domain transfer?

I let my domain expire a while ago. Now I'm trying to renew it and I get "renewal failed." Why?

I have a domain with a proxy privacy registration service. Can I transfer it to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

I want to transfer a domain to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET. Will my site/DNS/email go down if I do?

What happens to my domain's name server settings during a transfer?

Can I add or remove RespectMyPrivacy on a domain I already registered here or transferred?

Is NearlyFreeSpeech.NET an ICANN-accredited registrar?

Will you remind me before my domain expires?

If I still have time left on my existing domain registration with another registrar, can I keep that time if I transfer the domain to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

Why is my domain transfer taking so long?

What happens to my domain after it expires?

The first (and possibly most important) thing that happens when your domain expires is that it stops working. Its name servers are withdrawn from the registry's master DNS servers and replaced with "parking" records by the registrar.

These parking records will cause ads to be shown on your domain. (This unfortunate policy is ubiquitous in the wholesale registrar industry that we have to use to register domains. It is not something we have control over, and not something we profit from.) Due to the 48-hour TTL (time-to-live) records used for name server glue records by the domain registries, these ads may continue to display for up to 48 hours after an expired domain is renewed.

In addition, at the time of expiration, the domain's publicly-visible contact information becomes frozen and cannot be changed under most circumstances. This has implications for domains with RespectMyPrivacy.

After expiration, your domain enters the "renewal grace period." This is (usually) a 30-day period* during which the domain can be renewed at the regular cost. If you renew during this period, your domain will be reactivated immediately, but it can take up to 2 days for the renewal to be visible all over the Internet.

After the renewal grace period, the domain enters the "redemption grace period," during which its status will be listed as "queued for deletion" or "pending delete restorable." During this period, usually 30-35 days**, the domain can still be renewed, but it costs a lot more.

(Any renewal during either grace period will be effective as of the original expiration date; you can't get extra time by renewing after the domain expires, nor do you lose time by renewing early.)

After the redemption grace period, the domain enters the "pending delete" status, where it typically remains for five days. It cannot be renewed during this period. After that, the domain is really, really gone and is free to be re-registered. Thus, the average domain can linger for as long as 75 days after deletion.

For awhile, it was the case that virtually every deleted name was instantly snapped up by speculators, but as of August 2008, that seems to be somewhat less common than it was. Nonetheless, the more valuable your domain is, the more crucial it is that you not take the chance.

*The length of the grace periods is not set by us and changes from time to time without notice to us. Thus we can't guarantee the lengths referenced here. Renew your domain as soon as you can if you care about it.

**Redemption grace period lengths also vary by TLD. For example, the .NAME domain currently provides only a five-day redemption grace period.

Why is the domain I transferred to NearlyFreeSpeech.NET not pointing to my site?

Why am I still paying for RespectMyPrivacy service on my expired domain?

Can I create child name servers (glue records) within my domain?

What's the maximum number of years for which I can register a domain name?

What does the error "The name server modification failed." mean?

What is whois verification?

How I do I get the transfer code for a domain registered here?

Will you be adding additional top-level domains to register?

Where are the actions for editing my registered domain?

Do I need to put valid contact information on my domain registration?

What happens if my domain transfer fails?

Can you send the domain transfer approval to a different email address?

I have a bunch of domains to register/renew/transfer. Can you help?

How do I renew my domain name?

How long does it take to transfer a domain away from NearlyFreeSpeech.NET?

How do I transfer a domain registration away from NearlyFreeSpeech?

What top-level domains do you support for registration?

When should I renew my domain name?

How do I get rid of a registered domain I no longer want?

Why does domain registration have different Terms of Service than NearlyFreeSpeech.NET hosting?

Why did my domain transfer fail?

I renewed my expired domain. Why is it still parked?

Why does my domain registrar show as "external?"

What are the steps of a domain registration?

I deposited funds for my domain registration renewal but it hasn't been renewed. What's wrong?

What does the error "the contact information you entered was not accepted by the registry" mean?

I don't want to keep my domain. How do I stop receiving emails that it's going to expire?

When is RespectMyPrivacy enabled during domain registration?

Why doesn't the domain name I just renewed show up in the renewal monitor?

Why do I get "Invalid URL" when I click the email link to approve or cancel a domain transfer or verify a domain contact?

Does NearlyFreeSpeech allow managing DNSSEC (DS) records?

How do I update the public WHOIS contacts for a domain registered here?

What are ccTLDs, and why don't you support registering them?

How does manual registration of domains work for subscription members?