This is a life-cycle of a typical domain name, from registration to deletion. For simplicity, we assume that the domain name was registered on Jan 1, 2008.
|Jan 1, 2008||Domain registered.||ACTIVE/LOCKED|
|Mar 1, 2008||After 60 days, the domain can now be transferred to another registrar,
|Nov 1, 2008||We will start sending renewal notices around this time.||ACTIVE/LOCKED|
|Jan 1, 2009||The domain has expired; Your domain will go ON-HOLD, which means your
website and email will no longer work; you can still renew your domain name for the regular price; you can no longer transfer the domain unless you renew first.
|Feb 9, 2009||After 19 days, the domain will be dropped, to get the domain back after this point you have to pay the redemption fee.||REDEMPTIONPERIOD|
|Mar 9, 2009||After 30 days, the domain can no longer be restored, the only way to get the domain back is to wait until it is dropped from the registry Of course anyone else can also register the domain at that time.||PENDINGDELETE|
|Mar 16, 2009||After 5 days, the domain is dropped from the central registry and can now be registered by anyone on first come first serve bases. If the domain is valuable or has lots of traffic it will be snapped up seconds after it has dropped.||-|
The chart above applies to COM & NET domains. Other domains have a similar lifecycle but the status names may be different. WS domains do not have a REDEMPTIONPERIOD, and are dropped 25 days after expiration.