The .io domain corresponds to British Indian Ocean territories, which is divided for the United States and the United Kingdom. This domain was born in 1997, when its use was exclusively for military personnel. Currently, it is very popular, because more people are interested in this extension. Because its character set ("I" and "O") refers to Input / Output, for technological purposes. From the aforementioned, more and more technology-focused businesses decide on these types of domains, to give understanding of what their business is about
The features are usually the same for most TLDs, although there are certain restrictions for some. Usually everyone complies with the following
||3 - 63 Characters
- Letters: a-z
- Numbers: 0-9
- Hyphens (except in the 1st or last character of domain name)
||Special characters in domain (!, ", #, $, %, &, etc.). Ex.: m&domain!.com
||Most are from 1 - 10 years
||Most are from 1 - 10 years
Life cycle for Top Level Domains
Domains have an expiration date. That is why they go through different phases to become available again. This varies by domain, type, type of contract, and availability. This period goes through the following phases:
Available Domain Names
The first stage that a domain goes through is through the availability stage. At this stage, the domain is available on the network and does not belong to any user. Any user can request it for a period of 1-10 years. Typically, applicants can see the availability of these domains on the sites responsible for seeing their expiration.
During the registration period, the domain will be registered and activated for the user who requested it. After that, the applicant must keep the domain for a minimum period of 60 days, before moving on to another user. During this period, no one else can access the domain and cannot buy it, until the contract ends. In advance, it will notify the user that his registration will expire soon, so he must respond to whether he hires him again or his registration ends there.
When the registration period has ended, in case it is not renewed prematurely, the name will be deleted. All kinds of contracts will end. But it cannot be offered again yet. Since after its expiration, it goes through a grace period, where the user must pay more for its renewal if they request it again.
Redemption Grace Period
During this period, delete the entire record of the requesting user, in addition to deleting the log history, making it more difficult to retrieve. In addition, having a much higher cost added to the fine
Pending Delete Period
If the domain is not renewed after going through these stages, it goes to the detention period, where for a period of time it is not available to anyone, it lasts 5 days. After that, it becomes publicly available again.
Deleted and Active
During this stage, the domain becomes public to any user again. There are no impediments to your request. That is why it is advisable to register the domain again once the contract date has ended.