I want to register a new domain name but it is already taken. When I visit that domain name it shows some ads by a hosting company. They're not using that domain name for any purpose.

whois domain info shows it is owned by a hosting company and it is expiring a few months from now. Can I buy that domain if I hurried soon after or on its expiration date? Will it be available on domain checkers at web hosting pages?

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Yes, you should be able to buy the domain when it expires, unless someone beats you do it or the current owner renews it.

There are companies out there that specialise in buying up expired domains and using them for generating ad revenue (because an expired domain will still have incoming traffic from other sites). Some also re-sell them for a significant markup (especially if the domain had large amounts of traffic before expiring). This is a form of domain parking.

Some domain registrars (like GoDaddy) offer the ability to backorder a domain, which involves paying up front for a chance at getting the domain immediately when it expires. Of course it still doesn't help if the current owner chooses to renew, and if multiple people backorder the same domain, it usually ends up on an auction.

Bottom line - just because a domain name is set to expire at a given date doesn't mean it'll actually be available for purchase at that time.

  • Oh I See!!! so is that means i can buy that domain on 2012-09-30 ?
    – Naveen Chamikara Gamage
    May 13, 2012 at 19:23
  • @NaveenChamikaraGamage Like I said - unless the current owner renews the domain or someone buys it before you do, yes, you can try to buy it on 2012-09-30.
    – Indrek
    May 13, 2012 at 19:27
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    @NaveenChamikaraGamage Chances are it'll get renewed in August or so. Don't hold your breath.
    – Daniel Beck
    May 13, 2012 at 19:28
  • As on Whois Domain info it was created on 2010-09-30 & at that time it should be set to expire on 2011-09-30 ! Right? but this domain owner(ad company) has renewed(updated) it on 2011-10-18 !! that means after 18 days of expiration ! if i treid to catch it this time???
    – Naveen Chamikara Gamage
    May 13, 2012 at 19:41
  • @NaveenChamikaraGamage It's more likely that they bought it for 2 years from the beginning, so this is the first time it's expiring. And that update might refer to updating of contact information, name servers or anything else, it doesn't mean the domain was renewed at that date.
    – Indrek
    May 13, 2012 at 19:47

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