This week, we have improved the renewal and expiration procedures for .uk domains, including the second level domains .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and .ltd.uk. The two major changes are:
- You can decide about renewal or expiration up to the expiration date. Previously, you had to decide two days before the expiration date.
- An expired domain can be restored for free during almost 3 months. Previously, such a domain was “de-tagged” and the only way to restore a domain was by transferring it to Openprovider again.
As soon as a domain name expires, registry Nominet will send an informative e-mail to the domain holder
Explicit delete requests will still result in the domain being put under the registry directly, also called “de-tagged”. Before doing so, we will mark the domain name as “renewal is not required”. As a result, the domain holder can use the domain name up to its expiration date. At that moment the domain will automatically be deactivated by the registry.
The process of reactivating a domain that was explicitly deleted does not change as well: such a reactivation is considered a regular transfer: order a domain transfer in Openprovider and let the domain holder change the IPS tag of the domain directly at Nominet.