Domain name warehousing is a common practice among domain name registrars where they gain control of expired domain names already in their management with the intention of holding or “warehousing” them for their own use and/or profit. This occurs when a domain name has expired, and the previous owner (registrant) has not renewed the name within the allotted time frame of 45 days after expiration.
How Does Domain Name Warehousing Work?
Once a domain name has expired, the registrar gains control of the domain name. They can then choose to park the domain, meaning that they will show ads or display a message stating that the domain name is for sale. The registrar may also choose to auction off the domain or sell it to third-party buyers. In some cases, registrars may use these expired domains to create backlinks to their own websites.
How to Avoid Domain Name Warehousing
To avoid domain name warehousing, it’s essential to renew your domain name before the expiration date. Most registrars will send renewal reminders via email, so make sure that your contact information is up-to-date and that you’re checking your emails regularly.
What happens if a domain name is warehoused?
If a domain name is warehoused, it means that the registrar now has control over the domain. They can park the domain, sell it, or auction it off. The previous owner of the domain name has lost control over it.
Can I get my domain back if it’s been warehoused?
It depends on the registrar’s policies. Some registrars may offer a redemption period where the previous owner (registrant) can reclaim the domain name within a certain timeframe.
Domain name warehousing is a common practice among domain name registrars where they gain control over expired domain names. It’s essential to renew your domain name before the expiration date to avoid losing control over it. If your domain name has been warehoused, it may be challenging to reclaim it.