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    Understanding Domain Status Codes When Registering or Transferring a Domain Name

    Most users who buy and register domains for themselves are pragmatic in their business and are only interested in the end result. The main thing is that the selected address belongs to them. Technical issues are of little concern to anyone – and rightly so, because after registering a domain you will find many more questions related to the development and support of the site, its promotion, and other processes.

    And those who want to know a little more about the internal, technical side of domains can read this article, where we will talk about the status of the domain.


    Where to find domain information

    Information about any domains – both those that belong to you and any others (whose status you want to know) – can be found in specialized services. For example, in order to check the status of a domain, you can use the site You just need to enter the domain of interest in the search bar, click on the magnifying glass icon – and all the information will be displayed on the page. If the domain is not registered, then you will see the inscription “… is available” (“… is available for registration”).


    Domain Statuses

    • Registered: this means that the domain has already been successfully registered by someone.
    • Delegated: the domain is delegated, that is, certain DNS servers are already specified for the domain (in the DNS system, this domain address corresponds to a specific IP address). This is what is meant by the phrase “domain delegation” – in fact, this is a domain binding to a specific server (and hosting, respectively).
    • Not delegated: the domain has not yet been delegated (and most often because of this, it does not work yet).
    • Verified: information about the domain administrator is verified and confirmed.
    • Unverified: administrator data is not documented.


    International Domain Statuses

    Now let’s move on to more extensive information on the status of international domains. This is what you can see in the “Domain Status” boxes.

    • Active (or Ok): the standard status of the domain, which indicates that the address has been successfully registered, it can be used, information, domain settings can be changed.
    • Hold: the domain name is suspended for a certain period of time (most often this status is set by the domain registrar due to the lack of domain payment).
    • Registry-Lock: the status is established by the registry (the organization responsible for a specific domain zone). The registrar cannot change or delete a domain with this status.
    • Registry-Hold: similar to the previous status, but with the difference that the possibility of updating the domain is still present.
    • Registrar-Hold: despite the fact that the status is similar to the status above, in this case, the registrar is responsible for the domain name block; This status is set so that no one can change or delete the domain without your consent.
    • RedemptionPeriod: the status indicates that the domain deletion process has already begun. The domain is in this status for 30 days, during this time the deletion process can be stopped, but it is no longer possible to make changes or transfer. After that, the domain goes into pendingDelete status.
    • PendingDelete: the domain deletion process actually started; after about 5 days, the domain name will be free to register again.
    • PendingRestore: such an inscription appears if a domain with the status of RedemptionPeriod needs to be restored (7 days are given for this).
    • PendingCreate: the status indicates that the domain registration procedure is currently underway.
    • Sixtydaylock: a domain name transfer is prohibited for 60 days from the date of registration, the status indicates that the deadline has not yet passed.
    • Inactive: the status indicates that the DNS servers are not configured for the domain (and because of this, it cannot be used).
    • ClientTransferProhibited: a domain with this status cannot be transferred to another registrar.
    • PendingTransfer: the status indicates that the transfer of a domain name to another registrar is allowed.

    The list of domain name statuses does not end there, but all the main statuses are listed above.


    Description of Whois fields

    At the end of the article, a little help regarding the fields themselves that are present in the domain information.

    • Domain Name: your domain name
    • Registry Domain ID: domain name identifier in the registry
    • Registrar WHOIS: whois registrar service
    • Registrar URL: registrar site
    • Updated Date: The date the domain information was last modified.
    • Creation Date: domain registration date
    • Registry Expiry Date: domain registration expiration date
    • Registrar: domain name registrar
    • Registrar IANA ID: identifier of the registrar in IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, “Administration of the Internet address space”)
    • Registrar Abuse Contact Email: Domain Name Complaints Email
    • Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: Domain Name Complaints Telephone Number
    • Domain Status: status, domain status
    • Name Server: a list of DNS servers supporting the domain
    • DNSSEC: zone signature in accordance with DNSSEC specifications

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    Vaibhav Jain
    Vaibhav is a specialist in Website Development whose goal is to never write a boring article. His enthusiasm for online business has spanned over two years, accompanying his articles with thorough knowledge about Website Development and many other topics. He also enjoys playing Cricket and is a Fitness enthusiast.
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