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Old 05-18-2007, 11:23 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by ElyseC View Post
Right, but I thought your domain got transferred without your permission, no? Guess I misunderstood what happened to you beyond the expiration and lack of renewal notices.
No, the domain wasn't transferred (to another registrar) but what did happen is that they "moved" it to another DNS server -- with the result that the domain was no longer pingable, the website could not be reached, and email could not be retrieved. All of this without any prior (or other) notice. Effectively, it suddenly became a "parked" domain.

Once the transfer was complete, I used GoDaddy's UI to change the DNS server back to the one used for my website/email, and everything started working again.

That's reassuring to know they give you such easy access and control. Might just go ahead and register a couple of other domains I've been toying with -- as if I think I have time to actually do something with new domains when I have two sitting parked already!
It's all pretty straightforward, but it helps if you've been through the whole process before. I'd suggest you do what I did, and start with registering or transferring just one domain. Just read everything carefully, there's no need to hurry through the steps; don't choose (or leave selected) any "extras" you don't want (but see below). And if you need help with it just holler to Go Daddy.

At Go Daddy I've also chosen to make all my domain registrations "private" - that costs extra, but people can't see your personal details (including administrative contact email) when querying the whois database. Since such data can be a definite source of spam (and is, in my case: I have a single email alias I use exclusively for domain registration), that's worth something to me. Now that everything (except one .to domain which is also private, automatically) is with godaddy, I'm going to make a new email alias and remove the old one -- so at least one source of spam will dry up. (If you want this option, you get the choice after going to the checkout; then it's just a matter of changing one radio button.)

Meanwhile... The transfer of my last two domains away from DNS Central to Go Daddy was just completed! Still looking for a new hoster, but making progress with that - more news about that later, when I know something more definite.

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