One of the perks of my job is that I can live wherever I want. All I need is an Internet connection. So while I have clients all over the United States, and even a few in other countries, I can live wherever I want. For a time I lived in Port Townsend, Washington. It’s a lovely, small town. The largest newspaper in the area is the Peninsula Daily News. I loved the newspaper except for their propensity toward puns. I’m not a fan of puns!
One day I went to their site and instead of seeing their regular home page I saw this:
This pun-free page is what Register.com displays when a customer forgets to pay their domain name registration fees. Once the invoice is paid the newspaper site will be restored.
Don’t let this happen to your website! Set the domain names up to auto renew. If you change credit cards or your credit card expires go in and update that information. Also make yourself a note to double check on your domain name registration. It’s OK to be paranoid about this.
Also, if you’re using Register.com you’re probably paying too much for your domain name registration. Check with your website host or with GoDaddy. Your domain registration costs should decrease by about 50%.