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Monitoring and backordering domain names are covered in this section of our Frequently Asked Question (FAQs).


Monitoring and Backordering Domain Names

What is DomainAlert?

DomainAlert is a service that monitors and tracks the settings of domain names. DomainAlert detects any changes to a domain’s registrar, status, expiration date, or name servers, and sends you an email message whenever these settings change.

What's the difference between the basic DomainAlert and DomainAlert Pro?

The basic DomainAlert notification service monitors all domains registered with us.

DomainAlert Pro provides several additional features

  1. Historical Tracking

  2. Monitor Domains not Registered by You

  3. Add Additional Email Contacts

  4. Optional Weekly “No Change” Notifications

What is DomainAlert Pro Backordering?

Backordering domain names is easy with DomainAlert Pro Backordering. You may backorder domain names even if the domain names are already registered by other people. Once an expired domain name is released and made available for registration, DomainAlert Pro will automatically register the domain name for you.

Many registrar's put domain names up for auction once domain names have expired. Should backordered domain names go to auction at The Domain Name Aftermarket, your backorder domain names cost is used to place the opening bid. If nobody else places a bid on the name, the domain is awarded to you, subject to rights of the previous domain holder. If somebody else bids on the name, you receive an outbid notice and are given the chance to raise your bid on the name or move your backorder to another name.

What is DomainAlert Pro Investor’s Edge?

DomainAlert Pro Investor's Edge is a monthly subscription service that allows you to review a list of more than 95,000 expiring domain names. All the names on this power list are updated daily. DomainAlert Pro Investor's Edge allows backordering domain names from this list. So, not only do you have the edge of knowing what will soon be available, you can place your order right away.

Why monitor a domain that I didn't register?

Monitoring a domain that you did not register can be useful if you have your eyes on a particular domain that happens to be registered by someone else.

DomainAlert Backordering keeps you in the loop on a domain’s expiration date and any changes to its status—and if and when the desired domain becomes available, the DomainAlert Backordering immediately attempts to register it to you. Backordering domain names is very easy with DomainAlert Pro Backordering.

What does the status of a domain name mean?

There are 23 domain status codes that you may come across when using the DomainAlert Pro service that allows backordering domain names. This is not as complex as it sounds. Most of these statuses are variations of a few basic states.

Let’s start with the basics. A domain can be ACTIVE or OK. This is the normal state for a domain name. Domains can also be placed in a LOCK or HOLD status. The registrant of a domain name might do this to prevent its settings from being casually altered by his or her associates.

Complete list of domain name status codes.

When can I register an expired domain?

Most registrars allow a grace period after a domain name expires for the registrant to renew it. That grace period can be as short as one to two weeks or as long as one year in some cases. If the current registrant does not renew it within the allotted time frame, then that domain name should become available. The actual grace period is different for each individual registrar. Once they release the domain name, you will be able to register it through us.

In many cases, soon-to-be-expired domains will be put up for auction. If the current registrant fails to renew the registration within the allotted grace and subsequent redemption periods, you can attempt to obtain the domain by placing a bid for it.

Am I guaranteed registration of a domain using DomainAlert Pro Backordering?

Tracking a domain can be useful if you want to register a domain that happens to be registered by someone else. DomainAlert Backordering domain names keeps you in the loop on that domain’s expiration date and any changes to its status—and if and when the desired domain becomes available, the service immediately attempts to register it to you.

What if DomainAlert Pro Backordering fails to seize a backordered domain?

If a backordered domain name becomes available, but our service fails to acquire it, you can monitor another domain by reassigning the backordering account to another domain. In the event of an unsuccessful acquisition attempt, DomainAlert Backordering domain names notifies you by email message. You can then apply the backordering service to another domain.


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