What It’s Like To Lose Your Domain

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Last year our website was down for a while. The domain name itself had expired and had gone to the “aftermarket” auctions. I thought that I had set up the domain name to auto-renew (this was with a domain registrar that I refuse to name), but evidently that wasn’t the case.

For those of you who don’t want to read the whole sob story, here’s the moral of the story: register with GoDaddy, who has cheap promo codes and will auto-renew your domain name every year until you tell it not to.

By the time I found out, the website had been purchased at an auction. This was terrible: this was a domain name that I’d built for years and now it was gone.

Luckily I was able to track down the person who bought the domain name and contact them. I looked up their name and phone number on the WHOIS database.

I told them my story and how I came to lose the domain name, and what happened next was totally unexpected: they gave it back.

They transferred the domain back to me. They didn’t ask for the money they spent purchasing it via auction. They just handed it back. Amazing!

I am forever grateful for that guy. He could have run me through the ringer. I was fully prepared for this person to try and extort me for money I didn’t have. But they didn’t! It’s been a while since I’ve truly seen the goodness in a person’s heart.

Lesson learned. I transferred my domain to GoDaddy. They have promo codes for each year that you renew with them, and they also auto-renew everything until you specifically say no.

It’s a terrible feeling to lose your domain name. But I got it back. And for that, I am forever grateful.

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