When a domain expires, most of the time it enters what is known as a Grace Period. The Grace Period typically lasts between 0 and 45 days. To renew the domain name in this stage often does not have any additional costs to associated with it.
Just pay your normal domain renewal fee and your domain will be back online within 24 hours.
When the grace period elapses, most domains then enter a status of Redemption. Redemption is the last chance to renew a domain before it becomes available for registration again and often coincides with registries putting the domain up for auction. This period typically lasts 30 Days.
Domains can still be renewed while in the redemption status (providing it hasn't been auctioned off) by paying a $120 redemption fee plus the regular renewal cost for the domain.
After the Redemption period your domain enters the final status of "Pending Deletion". This status can last anywhere between 0 and 5 days.
During this time there is no way of getting the domain back online or re-registering it.
Release to the public
At this point your domain will be released back into the pool where ANYBODY can register the domain on a first come first serve basis.
If your name is valuable, there is a good chance that so called domain speculators will try and grab the name so they can resell it for a big profit.
If you desperately want to re-register your domain yourself contact our support team and we will use tools at our disposal to try and re-register it for you before anybody else does. However, there is NO guarantee and there is a fee for this process.