Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

Don’t Let Your Domain Name Expire

Don’t Let Your Domain Name Expire!

It’s easy to lose your domain name if you don’t pay attention to the renewal notices that come in your inbox. Usually, web host companies start sending these notices about 90 days from the date that the domain name is to expire. It’s a bad feeling to go to your site and all you see is a 404 page.

So how do we avoid this problem?

First of all, most people don’t keep their domain registrar in the loop concerning emails and contact information that changed during the course of the registration period. For most domain name owners, they have the attitude that they will get to it someday. The last time that the domain registrar hears from the person that owns the domain is the first day that they purchased the domain. How unfortunate!

When your web site stops working, that’s when reality hits. You haven’t paid your hosting fees or haven’t renewed your domain name. Renewing your domain name is the hardest deal because there is nothing written in stone saying that you might get that name back.

Some registrars honor a 30 day “redemption period” allowing expired domains to be redeemed. It may be possible to save the registration within 30 days following expiration by contacting registrars during 30 day domain redemption periods but you have to act quickly. If there is a problem, check out this link at the ICANN organization on redeeming domain names.

So how does a domain owner find out who their registrar is if they’ve forgotten? Simple WHOIS inquiries will tell you everything the registrar knows about your domain. Public WHOIS records show the owner’s contact email, street address, phone and fax numbers. But that’s not all; it also shows the current registrar, DNS servers, and the creation and expiration dates of the domain name.

Keep track of what’s going on with your domain name so you won’t have headaches as far as trying to redeem your URL name down the road.

Feasting On Cookies

A “cookie” obtains information sent by a web server to be stored on a web browser so that it can later be read back from that browser. This becomes useful for having the browser remember specific information about a visitor to a particular website. The cookie is a text file that is saved in the browser’s directory and is stored in RAM while the browser is running. The cookie may also be stored on the computer’s hard drive once a user logs off from that website or web server.

Cookies can tell a web server if you have been there before and can pass short bits of information (such as a user number) from the web server back to itself the next time you visit. Most cookies last only until you exit your browser and then are destroyed. A second type of cookie known as a persistent cookie has an expiration date and is stored on your disk until that date. A persistent cookie can be used to track a user’s browsing habits by identifying him whenever he returns to your web site.

Persistent cookies are stored in different places on your system depending on which web browser and browser version you are using. Netscape stores all its persistent cookies in a single file named cookies.txt on your computer. You can open and edit this file with a text editor and delete any cookies that you don’t want to keep or delete the file itself to get rid of all of your cookies.

Internet Explorer stores persistent cookies in separate files named with the user’s name and the domain name of the site that sent the cookie. One use of cookies is for storing passwords and user ID’s for specific websites. On sites with personalized viewing, your web browser will be requested to utilize a small amount of space on your computer’s hard drive to store these preferences. That way, each time you log on to that website, your browser will check to see if you have any pre-defined preferences (a cookie) for that unique server. If you do, the browser will send the cookie to the server along with your request for a web page. Common uses for which companies utilize cookies include: on-line ordering systems, site personalization, and website tracking.

Cookies have some beneficial things. Site personalization is one of the most beneficial uses for cookies. You must have also seen in some websites that when you log in (using a User ID & Password), there is an option for ‘remember me when I visit next time’; that’s possible because it stored your password and id on your machine in a cookie.

FTP Is Not for Web Hosts Only!

Many people use FTP to load files to their web servers but it can be used for much more than that. It can be used to transfer large files across the Internet.

The letters FTP stand for File Transfer Protocol. It allows you to transfer files from place to place. In fact, FTP is the fastest way to copy large files across the Internet. There are many sophisticated FTP client that you can use to get files to and from site hosts. There are several benefits to this method of FTP transferring.

FTP programs like Cute FTP are straightforward in using and highly effective. There are upload programs in FrontPage and Dreamweaver but they are basically used for loading up web-sites. Do yourself a favor and use FTP client software that specializes in moving files without the headache of trying to find out where your uploaded files went to.

Most of the modern FTP clients are very simple to use. You just launch the program, enter some basic information (such as the site address, account name and password) and connect. Once you are connected, you can usually just drag and drop files from your own hard drive to the site. Cute FTP is great for having a drag and drop menu.

You can also load documents, audio files, pictures and various programs without missing a beat. It also depends on how much space that you have in your host account. Many people are starting to store their basic files on their web hosting server instead of on their computer.

FTP is fast and efficient – It’s a great way to transfer data and store files. Also, many FTP clients are freeware. If you go to a search engine, just type in FTP Freeware and browse through some sites to see what they have.

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Thank You,

Warren Yarnall


Customer Care Representative

Phone: 928-684-6817



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