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An Expired Custom Domain Will Have To Be Setup Again, After You Renew

Registrars, the companies which lease your domains to you on a year by year basis, are not non profit organisations.

If you let the registration on your domain expire, your registrar has to have an alternate plan for making money from your domain. Your readers, looking for your blog, will provide them their needed income.

If you don't renew the registration for your domain promptly, most registrars will change your domain DNS setup, and point it to a "parked domain" server. Any of your would be readers will see a screen full of ads, instead of your blog. That's your registrar, making money from your unrenewed domain.

While your domain is hosted on the parked server, it is available to anybody who will pay for it, on a first come, first served basis.

When a domain is available, it is said to be "in Redemption". Fortunately, it's not difficult to identify an expired domain.

You can rescue your domain, when it is expired (immediately), or in Redemption status (later), but there will be several complications.

  • You will probably have to pay an extra fee for late registration. The extra fee is not negotiable, any more than the "bounced check" fee levied by your bank. You pay the registrar.
  • You have to deal with the registrar, now. If you bought the domain through Blogger, that's in the past. All support for the domain will involve eNom or GoDaddy.
  • You will have to setup the DNS addresses for the domain, on your own. If you initially purchased the domain using "Buy a domain", and had the domain setup for you, you're now going to have to learn how to setup the domain manually.

And next year, you will preferably renew more promptly.


Clay said…
How do I know if they've parked my domain?

Right now I don't see advertisements just a "Oops! Google Chrome could not find" I'm not actually sure it expired but I haven't been able to figure out where to start looking.
Chuck said…

See Identifying An Expired Custom Domain for details. Do this today, to be safe.
Clay said…
It says it's in redemptionPeriod is it still possible to renew through blogger or do I have to go through godaddy?
Chuck said…

GoDaddy is your contact, now.
Mickey Puri said…
Hi Chuck, My domain expired however I've just managed to renew it via Google Apps as it was within the 19 days grace period.

However the domain is still showing the eNom parked page, and I can't see my blog.

Any idea on how can I get the domain (which Google Apps says has been renewed) relinked to my blog and my blog material back on?

Many Thanks if you can help, Mickey
Ascalise said…
Did you successfuly redeem you URL from using Google apps?
Chanda said…
Hi Chuck. I have access to my blog, as if I could post something on it, through my dashboard. But if I go to the website itself, it has a message that this site may be for sale by its owner. Click here to make an offer. Before doing more homework, I clicked on that and put in $10. I doubt anything will come of that, lol. I'm wondering, if I am able to get my blog back, will all of the old posts disappear, or still remain? Honestly, I wouldn't want it back if I lost everything.

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