When a domain expires, your website and mail service will stop working, and no changes can be made to the domain.
However, for generic TLDs (.com, .net .org, .biz, .info, etc.), you have a period of about 30 days at XeronHost after the actual expiration date during which you can still renew the domain with 100TK / 2 USD extra Grace Period Fee. Our Domain price list can be found on Domain Pricing Page.
If you do not renew the domain within this grace period, it enters a redemption stage for 30 days (sometimes more) at the Registry. At this stage, the domain may be auctioned off by the upstream vendors.
As an owner, you still have the option to return the domain at this stage (if it’s not auctioned off) at a redemption fee (you can contact our Support team to check what would be the exact fee for your domain) plus its regular renewal cost. If the domain is not recovered from redemption, it enters a Pending Delete stage at the Registry for 5 days. On the 6th day, the domain should be released to the public for re-registration.
Normally, generic TLDs get released approximately 70-80 days (in rare cases, up to 120 days) after the expiration date if not returned from redemption and if not auctioned off.
Why is the redemption fee so high?
We cannot but agree with you that the redemption fee is quite high. It is set by our upstream Registrar and Domain Registry, which is why we are unable to waive it.
We highly recommend you take all possible precautions to avoid domain expiration and falling into the redemption phase.
In case your domain is already in the Redemption Period, and you do not wish to pay the fee, you may wait until the domain is released by the Registry (normally, domains are released 80-85 days after the expiration) or back-order the domain using any back-ordering service.
Please note that once the domain has been released, the registration is carried out on a first-come, first-served basis.