Group issues final report with recommended changes to how registrars handle expired domain names.
ICANN’s Post-Expiration Domain Name Recovery (PEDNR) Policy Development Process Working Group has issued its final report (pdf) with 18 recommendations for handling expired domain names.
Although the recommendations have increased from 14 in the previous report, many of them are merely “best practices” and not requirements.
One of the most important changes is a requirement that registrars interrupt the DNS of an expired domain name for at least 8 days sometime before the domain is deleted. Most major registrars already do this by showing an “expired domain” parked page upon expiration. This is a very effective way to grab a domain registrant’s attention that a domain needs to be renewed.
The expired domain page must include a notification that the domain name is expired and information about how to renew it or a link to that information.
The recommendations would also mandate a timeline for registrar expiration notices and require at least one notice to be sent after a domain expires. Registrants must not be forced to log in to a web site in order to view an expiration notice.
PEDNR’s recommendations are part of a formal Policy Development Process (PDP).