The registrar uses two transactions (register and reveal) to register a name.
It takes less than 5 minutes to register a name, including a 1-minute delay between the first and second transactions to prevent frontrunning.
Make sure you renew your ENS names before they expire! You can renew any name at any time, and for any duration you like.
You can renew any existing name at any time.
Anyone can extend the expiry date of any existing name by paying the required fee, at any time.
There is no maximum limitation of the renewal duration but there is a minimum renewal period of 28 days.
You can renew your name at any time during the period you own it. Making sure you renew before the name expires will prevent someone else from registering the name.
There is also a 'grace period' of 90 days after your name expires. You can renew the name to retain ownership of it during the grace period.
Yearly renewals cost $5/year for names that are 5 characters or longer. 4 character names cost $160/year, and 3 character names cost $640/year. Fees are paid in ETH. The ETH/USD exchange rate is set by the Chainlink ETH/USD oracle.
Rather than being locked and held, as in the interim registrar, renewal fees in the permanent registrar are spent. You will not get them back.
Funds are sent to the ENS root multisig, for the keyholders to determine how funds get allocated. We're considering other options for the long-term, such as funding the core ENS team, as well as other teams building on ENS. There are also tax considerations to address.
It's ultimately up to the keyholders to allocate the funds. We hope they will fund ENS ecosystems projects. If available funds exceed the reasonable needs of the ENS ecosystem, we hope other Ethereum projects will receive them.
Simply go to app.ens.domains and click on "My Account".
Yes, .eth names are tradeable as NFT tokens.
You can do this using our manager interface here, or using any tool with NFT support.
The cost of doing this is the only limitation in place.
The registrant is the account that owns the .eth name. They can transfer ownership to another account, and they can replace the controller address. The registrant is the owner of the NFT token that represents the name.
The controller is the account that controls day-to-day operations with the name - creating subdomains, setting resolvers and records, and so forth.