Gut Rumbles
 

May 13, 2005

domain names

How often do you have to renew a domain name to keep it? I got a letter yesterday informing me that my domain name expires on October 19 of this year and need to renew it now to keep someone else from stealing it.

I am NOT registered with the people who sent me the letter. In fact, I don't remember WHERE I registered my domain name, or for how long, so I don't know if this letter is bullshit or not. Any ideas? Am I being conned or do I need to look into renewing my domain name? If I DO need to renew before October, how the hell do I find out where I AM registered?

Just damn! It's something new every day.

Comments

Hi, Acidman:

Yep, it expires, as stated; here's some info:
http://www.whois.sc/gutrumbles.com
Don't know who "Weike Zhao" is. It may be well to talk to your ISP. It definitely expires 10/2005, though, and can be, and probably should be, renewed for multiple years.

--Ken--

Posted by: Ken on May 13, 2005 10:29 AM

There's a good chance that the email you got is a scam. I might be OK, coming from the company you have registered your domain name with. It's likely, though, that it came from a different company hoping to get you to transfer the registration to them without your realizing it. The rates will be different, a transfer fee might be charged, and you might find it very difficult later on to transfer it away from them if you weren't happy with their service.

It's the Internet version of phone company 'slamming' - getting you to agree to move to a new provider without realizing that's what you're doing.

Posted by: Roger Ritter on May 13, 2005 10:42 AM

It's true.
Weike Zhao is the king of Nigeria.
They invented the Internet thingy and you you have to pay the king to keep the evil vapours from infesting your wallspace and cyberticks from killing your cattle.

$150,000 should do it.

Sheesh.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on May 13, 2005 10:57 AM

Here's the info from Network Solutions registry data:gutrumbles.com

Whois Server Version 1.3

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Domain Name: GUTRUMBLES.COM
Registrar: IHOLDINGS.COM, INC. D/B/A DOTREGISTRAR.COM
Whois Server: whois.dotregistrar.com
Referral URL: http://www.dotregistrar.com
Name Server: WAVE.BLOGGERZONE.COM
Name Server: SURF.BLOGGERZONE.COM
Status: ACTIVE
Updated Date: 20-oct-2004
Creation Date: 19-oct-2002
Expiration Date: 19-oct-2005


>>> Last update of whois database: Thu, 12 May 2005 20:38:48 EDT <<<

Seems "dotregistrar.com" might be the registrar you used. But my skillz are not mad so someone else out there knows more about these details than I.

Posted by: BlogDog on May 13, 2005 11:26 AM

If you go to that listed registrar's main website, you can at least find out what their rates are.....if you really want to be with a very safe and tight and reasonable-rate registrar, use GoDaddy.....their website is creaky-slow, BUT they have good rates and you can lock your registration to prevent it being slammed !!

That registration may well have been done at the time you had sekimore redo your site.

Posted by: MommaBear on May 13, 2005 11:32 AM

MommaBear speaks sooth.

IMNSFHO, GoDaddy is the way to go. You can register for up to ten years or so, and for about double the (fairly modest) price, you can get private registration so that your contact information can't be mined.

Posted by: Hank on May 13, 2005 12:25 PM

Acidman,

I've been getting the same emails for my business website. I think it's a scam. Wouldn't a real company mail you something or call, in addition to emailing? It seems suspicious to me.

Posted by: Sami on May 13, 2005 12:27 PM

There are domain scammers who will send you fake renewal notices that look official to scam the money, OR will do that and be getting your permission to transfer to them as the registrar in the process.

People have looked you up, so that should help. I'd gather you must have snagged the domain for multiple years and it's been long enough you don't remember. Either that or you're paying your web host to handle the domain for you, and you really don't have to worry because when you pay them, you renew the domain as well as the hosting.

Posted by: Jay on May 13, 2005 12:51 PM

Jay, I think you may be right. I need to contact my host to comfirm what I think, but my site has not been up for grabs since I registered it and my host seems to have taken care of all that shit in the past.

I just want to make sure.

Posted by: Acidman on May 13, 2005 12:58 PM

It is one of those things that you have to do whether you like it or not (like paying the bills, for instance). But it is also sad that once you register a domain name, there are so many other companies spamming you and sending junk mails either to switch your registration with them or host with them or whatever else that they can sell you.

Posted by: MYNIPPON on May 13, 2005 01:09 PM

Definitely renew, but not with whoever e-mailed you, and not with Network Solutions either. Consider both to be of about equal integrity, which is to say, "none at all." Competence, likewise.

I originally reserved my domain with Network Solutions, and the first time I needed to renew I found ample reason to fire them and go with somebody else.

You can e-mail me if you want to know who regsitered my domain the last time I renewed.

Posted by: McGehee on May 13, 2005 11:25 PM

My hosting service takes care of it. I have to renew it every two years, but they do it for me. Last year they forgot to update the DNS server after they renewed and my site was unavailbale until I notifed them of it.

Posted by: Denny on May 14, 2005 05:44 PM

Definitely who with what the WHOIS says, dotregistrar.com. You CAN transfer it elsewhere (I started using GoDaddy because they take PayPal, God love 'em), and their rates are reasonable, under ten bucks for a year's renewal, but if you plan to keep blogging with this domain, there's no harm in renewing it for several years at a time if you have the budget to do so.

And as far as losing the domain, there's a grace period, but don't let it get to that, because then it CAN run into some bucks. Even if your domain expires in October, you've got several months after that before it's released back into the public pile.

And geesh, I remember when you were blogging away at monsterman.blogspot.com!

You've come a long way, baby!!!

Posted by: Joni on May 15, 2005 02:00 PM
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