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For how long does a domain name belong to you? Generally when you register a domain name it is registered for a minimum of one year. However, you can register it for more years, as there is no hard and fast rule as such.
What is Domain Renewal? After one year you need to renew your domain name so that your website doesnít get lost. Generally when your domain is about to expire your domain registrar will send you a reminder mail regarding domain renewal.
What happens when your domain name expires? When your domain name expires you can renew it within one month. If you donít renew it in this period it goes into a redemption phase. It stays in this redemption phase for 15 to 30 days before it is then available for purchase again at a normal price. Getting a domain name out of redemption phase is like buying fifty domains as it can cost around $200!
How to find out owner of a domain name? To find out owner of a domain name, use WhoIs search tool on Internet .For E.g. Go to http://centralops.net/co/ and type domain name under Domain Dossier. It will show you name of registrant/domainís owner/web host.
What is WhoIs record? WhoIS record is a domain name search engine/Internet program where users can enter an Internet entity (e.g. a domain, a network, some hosts) and it will give detailed information on domain registrar, owner of domain, and respective DNS records.
Priyanka Agarwal Hosting evangelist http://www.m6.net