If you choose to maintain your website's domain name through your own registrar account, be aware it's a job that requires a minimum level of ongoing attention. Your registrar will use the Administrative Contact email address for your domain to communicate with you about your domain. If you fail to receive or act on notifications from your registrar, you are inviting headaches that could have been easily avoided. The importance of keeping your domain contact information current
When your registrar prompts you to review and, if needed, update the contact information associated with your domain, do it
. It takes only a few seconds and is essential to receiving important notifications about your domain.
This is especially important since email accounts tend to change over time and, for email, there is no forwarding service like with the postal service. If you use your domain for email, you usually get tipped off that it has expired when your email stops working. If you don't use your domain for email, a costly amount of time may pass before you discover that your domain goes to a parking page and your website has disappeared.
Each year, we see contractors who manage their own domain lose it because emails alerting them to their domain's impending expiration or need to update their credit card go to an obsolete email address. If a domain ends up expiring, registrars typically hold it for 30 days during which the last registrant will have exclusive right to renew it. Renewing it may be done at the standard rate or at a …