Expired & Premium Domains

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Premium Domains?
These are expired domains that have higher than average value, based on standard industry domain name weightage and feedback. Understandably, not all “premium” domains may be of high interest to everyone, as everyone has different needs and preferences.

Going forward, the selection of a domain as premium or not will be mostly based on user input, who will have the opportunity to mark recently expiring domains themselves.

Disclaimer: Since the review process for premium domains is semi-automatic, or based on user input, PKNIC cannot guarantee that the premium domains do not infringe any trademarks. It is the responsibility of the domain buyer to check the suitability of domain with respect to any trademark violation.

How do I get started?
Please see this topic in the Help Menu above.
Why do we have alternate methods of registration?
We have received a lot of feedback that many valuable expired domains are being registered disproportionately by the same few users, who employ sophisticated techniques and possibly scripts to beat other users in the current, race against time, domain registration method for expired domains. Apparently average user has less chance to be successful in getting high interest domains in this process, compared to those who are dedicating lots of time and effort, and had have prior experience to optimize their network.

To level the playing field for the average user we have added optional alternate registration methods, should they choose to use them. We strive to make these registration methods transparent and accessible to all.

Note: The first come first served registration method is fine for regular domains, and it becomes a problem only when the exact time of release of expired domains is published ahead of time, as per requirements. In that case, a fraction of a second delay, or even slow network latency for some client, can become a factor in unsuccessful domain registration.

What are the registration methods for premium expired domains?

  • First come first served method (the default, as for all other domains). The user who registers a domain first, after a domain become available as per the posted available date and time, becomes the domain owner. This involves hitting the registration form submit button and the subsequent confirmation pages (if any).
  • Domain Auction method. This is based on the standard domain industry auction practice.
How can I affect the Registration Methods, or domain release priority date?

The domain registration method (Auction or Normal registration) for the premium expired domains is based on the user interest and registration method choice preference for each domain, in user wishlists.

Note: Adding a domain to user wishlist is not required in order to register that domain. However the user input is very important for PKNIC to determine the domain priority and release method, even though it totally optional for users.

Here is how you can input your preference:

  • Browse through the premium domains, or the upcoming release batches of domains.
  • Mark the domains what you are interested in, to add them to your wishlist. For each domain you like:
    1. You can select the first come first served method (yellow color, single click), if you want to take a chance for your required domain.
    2. If you must have a domain, and do not want to risk competing in a race with other users, you can select the Auction method (Red color, one more click).
  • You can see the domains you selected in your wishlist.
  • Based on user input, the registration method and the date of release is published for domains, ahead of the release date.
  • PKNIC will make an effort to send email notification of the release date of the domains that you have selected in your wishlist, but the email dispatch and delivery cannot be guaranteed.
  • At the release date and time of your required domain, you can attempt to register that domain name. For Auction, there will be at least one week of bidding period. For the first come first served domains, you should try to register it exactly after the release time (not before), to maximize your chances of successful registration.

Domains that have been released.

All domains that are not marked as premium are already released (non-premium), as there was no restriction on them. We have compiled their list as a courtesy, because of user demand. There are some very good domain names to be found in these available expired domains.
Premium Domain Pricing
All premium domains start at the base domain price (e.g. Rs 1000 per year, payable in two year terms). If a domain is selected for auction, the auction price starts at the same base price. We reserve the right to increase the minimum registration period for premium domains from two year to up to four years. Currently it is the normal two year period, as all other regular domains.
About Domain Auction:
  • Domain auction is applicable only for domains that were once registered and have expired due to non-renewal. Auction is not done for new (unregistered) domains that are available on a first come first served basis.
  • Domain Auction is selected as a registration method based on users choice. Users can register their choice about the mode of registration of the expired domains – auction, or normal registration.
  • The domain Auction method is based on the standard domain industry auction practice.
  • The domain auction bidding starts at the base domain price (e.g. Rs 1000 per year, payable in two year terms).
  • The domains for which there is no successful bid, or whose winner(s) are not able to complete the purchase, will become available on a first come first served basis.
  • Part of the proceeds from the auction will be used for the facilitation of creation of local content on the Internet, and similar public benefit projects.
  • For more information, please refer to the Domain Auction Terms of Service (Auction TOS) in the Help Menu above.
What about the other Expired Domains?
All domains that are not marked as premium are already released (non-premium), as there was no restriction on them. We have compiled their list as a courtesy, because of user demand. There are some very good domain names to be found in these available expired domains.
Who can register domains (if did not mark domains)
If a domain is selected for auction or normal registration method, it will be open to everyone. Any user activity regarding marking or selecting domains in wish lists, has no effect on the outcome of who can register those domains (that will remain open to all users).