Domain Name Renewals
It is essential that you as a website owner should be aware and keep track of domain name renewal deadlines. If this deadline passes and you fail to renew then you can face serious consequences. The website’s domain label can be purchased by someone else, perhaps even a business competitor. Businesses invest a lot of time and effort in promoting their websites and creating an online identify. It would be disastrous if the effort is wasted just because a renewal is missed. Therefore, you need to protect your company's investment by keeping track of deadlines and renewing the website's name prior to its expiration. Australian domain names are registered for a period of two years. Following that you would have to opt for a domain name renewal to continue using your domain name. In order to renew your domain name, you would have to log in to your account at domain hosting website you registered your domain at. Some registrars provide reminder emails, advance renewals or a grace period for renewals after the expiration date. You can also easily check the status of your domain name using a WHOIS service. The registration status of ‘registered until renewal date’ implies the domain name is registered and the renewal date has not yet been reached. ‘Renewal required’ means that the domain name has gone past its renewal date. ‘Renewal request being rocessed’ signifies that a renewal process is underway. All expiring Australian domain names are published on the auDA's website and are also distributed on various email lists by the respective registrars. An Australian domain name can be renewed up to 30 days after the domain name expires but it is better to renew your website beforehand so that visitors don’t end up facing a non-functioning website.