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Don't let your domain name expire!

Don't let your domain name expire!

by Barbara Pearn - Saturday, September 01, 2018

This may seem like very simple advise, but we've seen this happen often. Clients let their domains expire for different reasons. We've listed some ways it can happen and how to avoid it. If your domain does expire, your website will go down and so will your email, if you have an email associated with your website. Don't let that happen.

How does this happen?

There are many reasons a domain can expire.

  1. Email addresses are changed and they aren't updated with their registration company, the bill is then emailed to an invalid address.
  2. The domain registration company is forgotten or lost. The domain registrar sends out an email and if you ignore it because it looks like other junk emails, the deadline to pay the bill is missed.
  3. The email gets caught in a spam filter and no one sees it.
  4. A credit card expires and it isn't updated it in the account.

What happens if your domain expires?

The first thing that happens is your website goes down and your email stops working. Most clients notice that they're not getting any emails.

Getting a domain back after it has expired could cost you hundreds of dollars.

You could loose your domain name forever. All the work you've done to promote your website is gone. There could be a lot of links pointing to your website that you don't know about and they will all return a not found error. People looking for your website will think you have gone out of business.

If you do have to go with a new domain name, all the links and ranking that you have built up over the years is gone. You're going to be starting over in search engines from scratch.

Save yourself a lot of grief and keep your domain registration fees paid. Keep a record on your calendar of when you registered your domain and the company name. Put the email of the company in your address book so that the email doesn't go in your trash folder. If you do change your email address make sure that you have updated it in your account.

 

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