All domain names have different status and there are (2) two types of status codes: client and server. The difference is that client status is set by the Registrars, like Vodien, while server status is set by the domain’s governing Registry.
In this article, you will find out the different status that you will encounter and what they mean.
Client Status Set by Domain Registrars
There are Registrars that automatically add certain codes when you register a domain name. All of which can be enabled or disabled per request.
|Status Code||What It Means|
|clientDeleteProhibited||This status prevents you from accidentally deleting your domain name.|
|clientHold||This status indicates that the domain name is locked at the Registrar so that it cannot be used when it comes to DNS propagation.|
|clientRenewProhibited||This status indicates that your domain name is locked and renewal is not eligible.|
|clientTransferProhibited||This status indicates that the domain name cannot be transferred from the current Registrar to another.|
|clientTransferProhibited||This status indicates that any change in the DNS and other settings on the domain name will be rejected to help prevent unauthorised updates.|
Server Status Set by Domain Registries
These codes are set by the Registry and outweigh the client status codes above.
|Status||What It Means|
|addPeriod||This grace period is provided after the initial registration of a domain name. If the Registrar removes the domain name during this period, the Registry, with their discretion, may provide credit to the Registrar for the cost of registration.|
|ok||This is the most common status for domain names which means it has no pending operations or prohibitions.|
|inactive||This status indicates that the delegation information (name servers) has not been associated with the domain name. Your domain name is not activated with the DNS and will not resolve.|
|renewPeriod||This is the grace period provided to domain owners to renew your domain name. This usually lasts about 30 days after the expiration day.|
|redemptionPeriod||This status indicates your Registrar has requested the Registry to delete your domain name. Your domain will be held for the next 30 days. Following 5 calendar days, ending the redemptionPeriod status, your domain name will be purged from the Registry's database and will be available for registration for anyone interested.|
|pendingDelete||This status may be mixed with redemptionPeriod. If this status stands alone, pendingDelete status indicates that your domain name has been in redemptionPeriod status for the last 30 days and you have not restored it within that allotted time. Your domain will remain in this status for several days before it is purged and dropped off the Registry database.|
|pendingTransfer||This status will appear when you have processed a transfer of your domain name from the current Registrar to another.|
|serverHold||This status can be correlated to the inactive status. The DNS for your domain name with this status will not resolve.|
|serverRenewProhibited||This status indicates that your domain name is still within its term. There is no need for the renewal yet. Most Registrars will send you emails at least 90 days prior to the expiration date to renew the domain name before it expires.|
|serverTransferProhibited||This status prevents you from transferring your domain name from the current Registrar to a new one. This can be disabled by your Registrar with your request. However, this may also be due to a lock-in period for new registrations or transfers, in which cases, the status cannot be changed until after the said period.|
|serverUpdateProhibited||This status can be correlated to the inactive status and serverHold. The name servers for your domain name with this status will not resolve and may be due to a policy breach or dispute, in which case, it cannot be disabled. However, if it’s enabled just for security reasons, then this may be disabled, anytime.|
There are statuses that are specific for a TLD. For example, .SG has the following server status codes:
|Status Code||What It Means|
|VerifiedID@SG-Not Required||Domain name is not subject to the VerifiedID@SG scheme.|
|VerifiedID@SG-Mandatory||Domain name subject to the VerifiedID@SG scheme.|
|VerifiedID@SG-Pending||Domain name is pending verification by the administrative contact of the domain name.|
|VerifiedID@SG-OK||Domain name has been verified by the administrative contact of the domain name.|
|VerifiedID@SG-HOLD||Domain name had not been verified after the grace period.|
|RegistryLock||Domain name has been enabled with the ‘RegistryLock’ security feature.|
|RegistryLock (temporarily unlocked)||Domain name has been enabled with the ‘RegistryLock’ security feature, but the feature has been temporarily disabled by the administrative contact.|
For complete information about domain name expiration and redemption process, click here.