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How do I submit an offer to buy an expired domain?

Your quote is slightly misleading as the rules are far more complicated than that and hugely depend on the TLD concerned, the registrar, and other factors. There is no hard rule on 30 days or anything....
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

It is possible for a company with a trademark dispute to take you to court over this, however I would not worry too much about it. They have to make a substantial claim that you have somehow violated ...
tshimkus's user avatar
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.com domain registered offshore

According to Judge William A. Fletcher's opinion on Office Depot v. Zuccarini, the jurisdiction over a domain name is dependant on the jurisdiction of the domain name registry. The registry for .com ...
Lie Ryan's user avatar
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Is there any regulation on the yearly renewal price of a domain under a premium TLD?

[A]m I just relying on industry/market self-regulation or otherwise? Essentially, yes. Entities called Domain Registries (who are the people who oversee the day-to-day operations of Top Level Domains ...
Anaksunaman's user avatar
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Can my domain registrar requests high price for renewal if my domain became famous?

The first reason is competition. The registrar cannot force you to stay with them and there are tons of registrars. If they charged you 10 times their public price you'd just go to the next one. ...
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Why do we have to pay for web hosting rather than do it ourselves?

Most people choose to pay for hosting for multiple reasons. Site availability: A personal computer isn't really built for serving a website to however many visitors you would get. Most people turn ...
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How can a domain be showing as pendingDelete & redemptionPeriod, but not expire for another year?

This is absolutely normal, at least for a gTLD (you didn't even mention the TLD...) The expiration date was 2020-06-18. At this time the registry auto renewed the domain, which means if you look at ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Best alternative to character "&" in domain name

You have a few options for an & in a domain name: Leave it out: xxbusiness.example Spell out the word "and": xandxbusiness.example Spell out the word "and" plus use hyphens: x-...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Is it possible to register an ".er" domain?

No, it is not possible to register .er right now (Dec. 2016). One way to check how difficult is to register within a domain extension is to perform a search in google like "site:.er". For .er, you ...
JohnMal75's user avatar
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Can you renew a domain through a different company?

You can indeed renew a .com domain (and many others) through another registrar - it's basically just a normal transfer process. Providing your domain name is not locked, you can transfer it to a new ...
Tim Malone's user avatar
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

Initially you didn't say what TLD domain you are talking about, but they are likely similar. [UPDATE] Chris.leonard's answer gives more depth on that issue. [/UPDATE] ICANN states the following: ...
Steve's user avatar
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Domain Renewal - Unable to contact current registrar

I resolved the issue. It appears that Endurance owns multiple reseller registrars under them - and dint know which one to contact. I tried the my luck with few of their reseller site's support (all ...
user007's user avatar
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Will .day TLD be available to the public?

There is no possible canonical answer. For 2012 new gTLD round, each applicant was coming with some kind of business plan, for what it wants to do with the TLD. Some are restricted to a brand, some to ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Do search engines ever ignore unconventional domain suffixes?

There are only two cases I am aware of where Google treats domains differently. Google automatically geotargets ccTLDs to their corresponding country, except for ccTLDs that have been genericized ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Do I pay twice when transferring domain name to a different registrar?

Transferring a domain away from a registrar is free of charge; as long as the domain is unlocked and you provide the correct EPP code to the incoming registrar the transfer can commence. The incoming ...
Analog's user avatar
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Where do domain name hosts get their own domains?

Short answer: a registrar can register their own domains just like anyone else. Longer answer: Behind the domain name system is a network of registry operators; in the case of gTLDs (global top ...
Tim Malone's user avatar
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Is it possible to register a domain with a '.sea' extension?

The authoritative list of all TLDs is http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db. The top-level domain .sea is not listed. It may of course be possible to register it with alternative DNS roots, but that’...
unor's user avatar
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How spammers find my email address even I registered domain with privacy protection

Even with privacy protection I believe there is a small delay between the Whois Database and ICANN registration where someone's info is publicly available. Spammers harvest that info as new ...
Randomer11's user avatar
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Is there a way to hide my domain Whois information for free?

Just wait until May 25 and then use a registrar in the EU. The new GDPR rules will prohibit making personal information publicly available with whois. See here, for example.
Mike Scott's user avatar
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How to show Registrant Name in WHOIS lookup?

Why do the details not show by default This is because of the GDPR, which brought in a lot of personal data protections, and resulted in a large amount of changes to WHOIS, in order to try to make it ...
jrtapsell's user avatar
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Best way to get a .dev domain name before everyone else

There are no cheaty tricks in the case of .dev. The basic gist of it is that the more you pay, the closer you are to the front of the line. Timeline: If you own a trademark, you can get a ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Why aren't gTLD domains sold in a unified price?

Why aren't gTLD domains sold in a unified price? Why should they? We live in a world where economy is bound by offers and demands, isn't it? So sellers are free to set their prices, and buyers are ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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I'm trying to migrate my website to a new hosting provider. They insist that I must unlock the domain name and whois privacy, why?

It is very unusual for a web host to insist on becoming your domain registrar. Some hosting companies also offer domain registration and can bundle service for registration, DNS hosting, and web ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Can I launch my website without purchasing the domain name?

Yes. You don't need a domain to run a website, you just need the web server set up and listening for visitors. Now, when you say "launch", that is a marketing thing. If you want people to easily ...
zoltar's user avatar
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How to register domain for 15 years?

First, why 15 years? Why not 13 or 17 or 21 or 33? Or 42? Or 100? Or perpetuity? Anyway, it is impossible to answer your question since it depends on the TLD of your domain name. Each registry is ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Who owns the domain name when you get a free domain name with your first year of hosting?

You do have to be careful. Some hosting companies will own the domain name and you will be unable to transfer it should you change hosts. This is why I recommend one never to obtain their domain name ...
Rob's user avatar
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

This is just an addendum to Steve's excellent answer, in case anyone sees this and wonders if Steve's answer is applicable to all TLDs mentioned in the revised question (COM, NET and ORG). There are ...
chris's user avatar
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Can I create/host my own .com/.net domain name at home?

Host a DNS server at home, set it up so the domain points to your static IP. Maybe use https://www.virtualmin.com/ for this, makes life much easier. Register a .com domain (this will cost you $, see ...
Tony Stark's user avatar
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Why do we have to pay for web hosting rather than do it ourselves?

There are several reasons to pay for web hosting. Reliability Your web host should have 99.9% uptime or better. It is hard to achieve that at home. Does your house ever lose power or have an ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Should renewal price of gTLD will always be identical to the price of purchase?

The pricing of a given domain depends on the registry and the registrars. Most registries have the same price for registration and renewal, but especially with new gTLDs, registries sometimes run ...
pb_'s user avatar
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