If for whatever reason your domain registration is not properly renewed in time, on your registration expiration date, your domain will begin an automated journey that, if not stopped, will end with it becoming available for other people to register.
On its expiration day, your domain will enter the “Grace Period”. During this time your domain will no longer properly resolve or function, but it is still actionable by us and easily renewable by you. Each TLD sets the rules for its’ own grace period, but most TLDs at this time charge no additional charge beyond the regular renewal fee, and have a 30 day grace period.
At the end of the Grace Period, if the renewal still has not going through, your domain will be deleted at the registry level, and we lose the ability to easily return it to service, but it is not yet available for other people to register. This is known as the “Redemption Period”. To restore a domain during this window there is significantly more work and fees involved. The length of the Redemption Period and the associated Restore fee is set by each TLD registrar, but in general the fees are 5 to 10x the normal registration/renewal costs.
Letting a desired domain slip into a grace or redemption period can be a troublesome and expensive proposition, and we recommend ensuring you have properly setup auto-renewal for domains you value.