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Today’s Lesson: Domain Expirations and Emails

Written by Scrivs on September 8, 2006

If you checked 9rules at a certain time yesterday and today you would have noticed that the domain had expired on us from right under our feet. Now obviously, a company that bases everything on the web shouldn’t let something as big as domain expiration dates go unnoticed but it happened to us for one silly reason. The contact email I used to register the domain over 3 years ago is no longer in use by me.

So today’s lesson is to stay on top of your domain renewals, purchase time in bulk (years) and keep your contact email up to date.

That is all.

  1. Ed Says:

    As Nelson Muntz would say, “Ha-Ha”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist!

  2. Shawn Blanc Says:

    I checked it this morning and was totally curious about what was happening. Thanks for the explanation. What else is good about purchasing in bulk is it’s cheaper.

  3. P.J. Onori Says:

    Wow… Yeah, that’s a problem.

  4. chrispian Says:

    Been there, done that. Still, funny stuff πŸ˜‰

  5. visualweb Says:

    Ouch, Scrivs you mean for a brief few moments 9rules could’da been 1.2 old white guys for a paltry 6.88?


    `Spose by now you’ve nailed that 100year domain purchase option through sphincterNic eh?

  6. Olav Says:

    Hehe, imagine what we all suddenly could be affiliated with, if a domain shark snatched this premium name. πŸ˜‰

    9.*. where * == “something bad”, and so geek-forth.. πŸ™‚

  7. unreality » 9Rules Gone Says:

    […] UPDATE: 5:19pm the site is back up. whoop. The reason an outdated email address. Actually something would happen to me on any given day. My bad, I might have come accross a bit strong earlier.Share and Enjoy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  8. Brian Gilham Says:

    Everyone could suddenly found themselves working for Rupert Murdoch πŸ˜‰

  9. TerritorialMale Says:

    Thank God you’re back! I’ve been palpitating since yesterday… God Bless You!

  10. Kyle Korleski Says:

    Yes, it is VERY important to keep your registrations up to date and to ensure that you do not use a bad registrar (such as Schlund+Partner)

  11. Lautreamont Says:

    This also happens even to the best. Do not worry, guys.

  12. Joey Livingston Says:

    Nah, when a domain expires, there’s still a grace period in which the original owner can reclaim it; the dns pointers just cease to function until then.

    It’s definitely a scary moment though; I’ve been there too, and the domain belonged to one of my clients. :-0

  13. Abe Says:

    I looked up the WHOIS and the expiration is now on 2007. I suppose you’re going to go for a 10 year extension now right? Hopefully, 9rules will still be here by 2017.

  14. 9Rules Domain Name Expired : Update Your Domain Contacts Says:

    […] What does 9rules say? The official reason is “The contact email I used to register the domain over 3 years ago is no longer in use by me.” So they failed to recieve the notices for an expiring domain, and requests for renewal. […]

  15. Tyme White Says:

    The expiration is 2008 but it might not be a bad idea to go further in the future.

    Interesting thing is after the domain was up I couldn’t see it all day. I wasn’t the only one. I noticed a couple of articles written after the site was up but the writer couldn’t see it.

  16. webdesign Says:

    Remember to Renew Your Domain Name!!!…

    It’s funny how many customers write to us saying ‘my website has gone down, can you fix it?’ only to find that they have let the domain name slip (We generally tell customer’s to leave domain management to us, but…

  17. Hendry Lee Says:

    Coming from ProBlogger…

    Here is my take.

    I put on my calendar every last day of the month, as part of my administrative task to gather a month full of access logs, etc, to login to my domain registrar account and renew domains that I want to continue using.

    I never miss a single domain registration for years this way.

    Of course, a system that tracks todo list that reminds of this at the right time is required. I use GTD.

    Hope that helps.

  18. PixelFactor Says:

    YEah….your definately right……domain registration and renewals are something to definately keep your eye on!

  19. Christian Watson Says:

    Why don’t you just set it to auto-renew every year? Problem solved.

  20. Hendry Lee Says:

    Oh yes, I forgot to mention this. Namecheap has autorenewal option too, but because I frequently have to let unwanted domains die, I have to be more choosy in renewing domains.

    If you have a handful of domains you are doing well with, by all means autorenewal would solve the problem.

  21. Lindsay Says:

    Tyme: that’s the DNS propagation, it’s dependant on your internet provider and when the refresh their DNS. All ISP’s do it at different times and frequencies.

    Glad to see no harm was done and everything’s back up and running!

  22. Kyle Korleski Says:

    Yeah, I have my domains registered to the year 2016 and I got all the domains I care about off of 1&1 and Schlund+Partner.

  23. James Archer Says:

    Why not just register it for 10 years? Then you don’t have to worry about it for quite a while.

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