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It's amazing how many people don't realize the value of their domain name, especially small businesses and community organizations. What's worse, every day I see people ignorning warnings and messages letting them know their domain name is about to expire.
We need to remember that our domain names are very important to our business. When a domain name is expired, your website is not available to visitors, you cannot receive email, and you leave people wondering if your business is still in operation. The worst I see, is people that don't ever check on their own site, ignore the warning emails, and wait just long enough for their domain name to be in "redemption period" status before they realize they need to renew it... the result ends up they pay their domain registration provider a huge penalty to have the domain rescued from the redemption status - money that would have been much better used in prepaying for multiple years of registration service.
Some tips to keeping your domain healthy and active:
#1) Ensure your domain name is registered, renewed, and if possible, pre-paid for up to 10 years.
#2) Ensure your domain name has at least 2 contacts each with 2 completely separate email addresses. Even if there's only one person that owns or controls the domain name, you can still have 2 profiles with 2 separate email addresses.
#3) Ensure you have a quality hosting provider. You have a domain name, you have an email address and you have a website. Make sure you have quality hosting services to keep your site online.
#4) Keep your contact information up-to-date with your domain registration provider, hosting provider, and your webmaster. Out of date contact details can hinder the resolution of problems if you should happen into domain difficulties.