Make Sure You Renew Your Domain On Time!!!

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Earlier this morning, after making the Big Swing Opposition entry, I took a shower, got myself ready to bring my family for a nice weekend outing. Being a normal man, I can get myself ready in no time, not like a woman!!! But we need to understand that a woman takes relatively more time to be prepared because they have to apply make-up and get the kids ready as well 🙂

OK, back to the story…While waiting the rest to be ready, I check on zakiyamani.com and found the following site appeared…

zaki kantoi

I refreshed and typed in the domain name again, but still the same site appeared. What the hell is this? I whispered to myself… zaiyamani.com has already been directed to an unknown site. I began to sweat… Then, I checked on when did I purchase zakiyamani.com. To my surprise, I bought it on 8th March 2007. It has been already one year since I got my own dot com and I forgot to renew it. I quickly logged into my Maybank2u account to transfer some cash to my domain provider. How unfortunate because I only have RM16.07 inside my saving account!!! He he… I have slightly more in my Paypal and Adsense account…

So, I moved on to my wife’s CIMB account and transfered the amount of cash required to get my domain back in tact. After transferring the money, I emailed the domain provider and I left the house.

6 hours later, we returned home, exhausted. I swiftly checked zakiyamani.com and to my relief the site has recovered 🙂 . Thanks Shuth from SempoiHosting for the quick action. However, I’m quite surprise because I did not receive any reminder. Maybe the reminder was sent but entered the spam area. Well, I don’t know… I’m too tired to dig into the spam area now. The most important thing is zakiyamani.com is now OK.

Some Tips for Domain Owners

Some of you like me have several domains in hand. You’ve purchase those domain names at different time and perhaps from different company as well. It’s a good practice to record all the purchase dates, companies, prices, account numbers and all related details so that our website(s) or blog(s) do not have to face a downtime.

Just imagine if your site has extraordinary traffic and suddenly your visitors could not access your site. Your reputation will be disrupted and new visitors might not return to your site again. Loyal visitors will definitely wonder what happen. some of them will email or contact you to ask what went wrong. Imagine loosing potential dollars from sales and affiliates income from your site in the downtime period!!! How are you going to answer to your client, those who advertise on your site… Thing can get dirtier.

I’ve just compiled a complete record on all my domain names, my hosting, their duration/expiry date, prices, banking account numbers, contact information etc. You should do as well. Some of you might have a better way or recording this. Maybe you can share it with us… 🙂

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  1. titan says:

    huhu..sekali 4 pingback..

    yap. kalau nak senang, renew 3 tahun je macam aku buat kat lesen memandu aku. stiap kali renew, renew 3 tahun.

    Hehe..tapi blog aku pun aku baru renew. oktober 2009. tarikh untuk aku renew semula blog aku..

  2. KNizam says:

    bukan patutnyer ada 2/3 reminder ke eh? hehe

  3. zaki says:

    @ Titan,

    Haha…I’m also very surprised with 4 pingbacks!!!

    Renew domain for 3 years in a row. Yes…that’s better. I’ll do that for my other domain names. For this one, I’ve just made only a single year renewal… 🙂

    @ KNizam,

    Yep, that should have taken place but I never receive it 🙁

  4. NoktahHitam says:

    dont worry, you still have 2 weeks.

    the expectation is what matters most. You certainly wouldnt want anyone to think that youve closed down.

    I paid my domain for 2 years ahead.

    Question : Dont your hosting company inform you?

  5. zaki says:

    @ NoktahHitam,

    For this case, it is the domain name and not the hosting…
    I just wonder why the domain seller never informed me…

    that open my eyes wide to renew everything else before it really expired…I’ll do just the same like you

  6. Mr Ah Fa says:

    What is your hosting provider/registrar?

    Didn’t they give you some alert or something?

  7. zaki says:

    @ Mr Ah Fa,

    As far as I’m concern, I wasn’t reminded…

  8. azwanhadzree says:

    i didnt wait for them to inform me, i always renew 1 or 2 months in advance. i’m on my 2nd year with netkl, if this year ok lagi (support and everything) i might consider to renew for more than 1 year

  9. am says:

    am dapat reminder sebulan lebih awal… dulu am beli domain awal sebulan. baru beli hosting.. domain awal january am renew dan hosting baru semalam renew… so takla rasa terbeban sangat kalau nak renew dua2…

    btw beli domain dulu… dan kemudiannya baru masuk hosting pun good for seo sebab search engine bila dia detect any new content from sesuatu domain… dia cepat nak index sebab domain tu dah lama… kalau domain baru susah sikit sebab dia akan ambil masa…

  10. zaki says:

    @ Azwan,

    I admire your extra ordinary pro active action. I need to do the same too 🙂

    @ Am,

    That’s a good idea Am. that way, we won’t feel burden to pay for the domain name and hosting renewal…Good idea 🙂

  11. titan says:

    maybe that domain provider forget or have problem. By the way, its solve now and i believe you happy now..

  12. zaki says:

    @ Titan…

    The correct word is I’m relief…
    Second…I’m glad my blog is still OK… he he…:)

  13. Syam says:

    @ titan – nak dapat pingback percuma? kau tulis je ape2 janji ade kaitan dengan domain atau ape2 je keyword mcm britney dan sebagainya..ade auto blog akan ping kau nyer post 😀

  14. titan says:

    syam, betul ke? haha..nanti aku try. Aku memang selalu dapat ping back. Tapi aku tak tahu ada kaitan. Itu yg aku padam kat blog aku tuh..

  15. zaki says:

    @ Syam/Titan,

    Maybe we can make a special entry/post discussing about those pingback stuffs…What are the pro and cons… 🙂

  16. catzer says:

    You’re lucky to have backup account at cimb..kekekek..So, keep in mind your domain date due next time.. 😀

  17. zaki blogjer says:

    This is spam pingback. If someone report to google and google banned this website, your blog can be affected as well.

    Get the plugin from this link

    http://www.clazh.com/reduce-comment-spam-to-zero-without-akismet/

  18. zaki says:

    @ Catzer,

    Nasib baik kan… 🙂

    @ Blogjer,

    Thanks for the info… I’ll check it later… i have thought about it and would like to remove it soon….

  19. Syam says:

    @ blogjer – aiseh blog kita pun nanti akan affected jgk ke..hm..kena amek berat tang nie

  20. zaki says:

    @ Syam,

    Yes, we definitely need to pay more attention on this. I never thought it will be a problem. Now I do…

  21. Syam says:

    @ zaki – untuk entri nie je ada 4 pingback yg diragui..belum lagi entri lain..kenapa blog zaki jadi tumpuan? sebab pr nya la 😀

  22. zaki says:

    @ Syam,

    eh….is that so?

  23. Syam says:

    @ zaki – rasanya mcm tula..lagi satu..penggunaan ayat tu..tak caya try buat entri pasal paris hilton..mesti ade auto blog yg tarik kyword tu..then buat entri lebih kurang sama kat blog spam diorang

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