[oclug] how long does it take for a domain name become available?
zsprackett-oclug at sprackett.com
Thu Jul 22 23:18:06 EDT 2004
* Raj wrote:
> a transfer of domains takes tremendous amounts of time and money. Not
> kidding, I tried to do this once. Ended up registering a new domain
> instead. It was something like US$70 (.com) + affidavit + id from the
> old owner, all faxed to the registrar in the US. What really killed the
> deal from me was that the original registrant was a defunct company.
> Finding a rep to sign off was impossible, and the registrar would have
> nothing to do with the case unless they got a sign-off! Anyhow, Call
> your registrar to get the details on a transfer.
This is no longer the case. Changing ownership is exactly the same
process as changing registrars. Thank you competition!
> Letting the domain lapse opens it up to hijacking - whoever gets it
> first the day its inactivated gets it. Plus it takes a few months (3
> atleast I think) while the domain goes through different stages of
> inactivation where the registrar has to give time to the old owner renew
> if he wants, then inactivates it for a while, then finally releases it.
> Again this should be documented on your registrar's site, or call them.
Avoid this at all costs. The timing between a domain expiring and it
being made available in the pool is undefined. I have a friend whose
domain expired 4+ years ago that has not made it back into the pool.
zac sprackett zac at sprackett dot com
ottawa, canada http://zac.sprackett.com
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