I'm struggeling somewhat understanding the Expiration related output for a
whois query of a
.com domain. In particular I don't really get the meaning of the
Registrar Registration Expiration Date field.
Here is an example (shortened):
$ whois example.com Whois Server Version 2.0 Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net for detailed information. Domain Name: example.com Registrar: CRONON AG Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 141 Whois Server: whois.cronon.net Referral URL: http://www.cronon.net Name Server: NS.STRATOSERVER.NET Name Server: NS2.STRATOSERVER.NET Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok Updated Date: 12-sep-2016 Creation Date: 12-sep-2011 Expiration Date: 12-sep-2017 [...] Domain Name: example.com Registry Domain ID: 1111111 Registrar Whois Server: whois.cronon.net Registrar URL: http://www.cronon.net Updated Date: 2011-09-12T00:00:00Z Creation Date: 2011-09-12T00:00:00Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2016-09-12T00:00:00Z
As you can see the
Registrar Registration Expiration Date is in the past, but the
Expiration Date is in the future. The domain in question is still active. After talking to Strato they insist they have renewed the registration and there is nothing else to do, but the fact that the
Registrar Registration Expiration Date is in the past is leaving me somewhat worried (and they won't comment on the
Registrar Registration Expiration Date).
Even if I accept their assurances for my own education I'd still like to know what this field means.