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    Getting a domain's expiry date

    Hi

    I was hoping someone could advise me. Iíve got a background in PHP and so was thinking of developing a website that lists domains that are either within days of their expiry or just expired.

    However the more I research it the more it seems to be not quite as simple as I first thought. To come to the point it seems that getting the expiry date with PHP would mean interfacing with an API of say Namejet, Snapnames or constantly reading from a .csv file these companies provide. You canít just get it from querying a whois server?

    Could someone confirm this and if possible provide any other info from the technical side of things regarding what actually happens when a domain doesnít get renewed.

    Many thanks

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    You can get the domain expiry from a whois, however to do a whois you need a domain name - you can't ask a whois server for domains about to expire.

    When a domain doesn't get renewed, it is put into a "holding" state to allow the original owner to renew it, before it eitehr goes up for auction or is put straight back onto the open market.

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    Your best bet is to perform a WHOIS search and ask the owner once you get his/her details. Who knows, they might be eager to sell it to you.


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