Yesterday morning, during my typical checking the ‘Net routine, I noticed something was amiss. When I tried going to my site (www.tyleringram.com) it was coming up at 404. Bah! I jumped over to IsItDownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com and it was reported that it was indeed down for everyone. Something, for sure was wrong. I popped over to my webhost (BlueFur.com) and their server status was green, so it wasn’t a problem with them. I jumped into their Online Technical Support chat where a quick-to-respond fellow by the name of Kyle was there ready to assist me.
My question: I cannot seem to get to my site, did something change with the DNS?
Kyle: Let me take a moment and check.
A few moments later, he got back to me.
Kyle: It seems that your registrar changed their DNS so your site isn’t pointing to anything.
Me: Ah crap.
After Kyle sent me the DNS names, I then noticed that this domain was handled through a different registrar. I updated the DNS to reflect that which Kyle sent me. Typically I’ve pointed the CNAME to the IP address of the servers, so I guess adding the proper DNS would be a bit better. Still nothing, though technically it can take up to 48 hrs for DNS changes to propagate. This morning I checked again, and TylerIngram.com was still MIA. I went back into my admin panel of my registrar and noticed something silly; my domain expired!
Yup, I had forgotten to renew my domain name and that is why my site was missing on the 14th and 15th. If you did notice, I do apologize. If you did not notice, well that’s alright too! This has happened to me before, I some how forget that a domain is set to expire and I accidentally let it expire. Glad that when a domain does expire, the registrars typically lock them so only the previous owner can renew them for a certain period of time. I guess that helps stop people from stealing domains the moment they expire if the owner is occasional not on the ball.
I could have set the domain to auto-renew, or I could buy domain names for multiple years, but I don’t seem to do that. If I buy a domain and decide later to let it down, auto-renew tends to not let that happen (as in the case of a couple sites that accidentally renewed).
Have I Learned My Lesson?
I probably haven’t learned my lesson on having domain names expire. I will though change the email address associated with this domain’s registrar so I am properly notified of expiry time though. I could transfer this domain to another registrar (one that I use for all my other domains) but the $8 cost is a bit steep for me. Yea, $8 is a bit steep for me to spend on something like this. I have also heard that transferring a domain from one registrar to another can be a bit of a pain too, which I don’t really want to go through right now. It would be nice to keep all my domains in the same spot though.
Have you ever accidentally let a domain expire? One that was important etc?