Domain names can no longer be renewed or transferred after they are won at auction.
One of the biggest gripes about GoDaddy expired domain name auctions is that registrants can still renew or transfer their domains after an auction closes. Domain investors spend time bidding on domains only to have the domain pulled out from underneath them after winning and paying. Sure, they get the refund, but it was a waste of time. Some domainers complain that domain owners use the auction as a free domain appraisal before transferring the domain to another domain registrar.
Yesterday, GoDaddy sent a notice to Premier Services customers about a change in how domains expire.
First, the company will begin interrupting email services (MX records) in addition to web services five days after a domain expires. This should help alert the domain owner that his or her domain is expired and reduce the number of late renewals.
Second, customers will no longer be able to renew or transfer a domain after 30 days post expiration.
Expired domain name auctions currently end 36 days after a domain expires. So for domain names registered at GoDaddy that go through the expiry process, this means auctions you win should no longer be clawed back.
Technically, this means GoDaddy could eliminate the waiting period between winning a domain auction and receiving the domain name (for inventory registered at GoDaddy). This would be another welcome change: pay for the domain auction and the domain is yours.
The new expiration rules begin December 4.