By Steve Outing
Apparently this is a common occurrence. A friend today repeated what happened to me earlier this year. The domain on one of her websites expired, because her spam filter was intercepting the notices sent by her domain hosting company and she didn’t realize that she needed to renew.
My situation wasn’t that bad; while one of my domains did expire, no one else tried to grab it and I simply paid the bill and was back in business after only a day of interrupted e-mail. My friend fared a bit worse: a domain squatter appeared to have grabbed her domain the moment it expired (today). Fortunately, paying her bill got her back in business. Still, seeing another company’s content on your domain is a scary thing.
Lesson: Don’t rely on e-mail reminders from your domain hosts. Compile expirations on all your domains and set up automatic calendar reminders to renew a few weeks before the dates. Or at least set up “whitelist” filters to allow all mail from your hosting company.