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Thousands of small business webmasters briefly lose their domain names at expiration, due to a simple lack of understanding about the roles of three key players in the drama: domain name registrars, web hosts and internet service providers. Fortunately for most, they learn quickly how to save their web site from oblivion by using the 30 day redemption period for expired domain names enforced by ICANN. One simple solution is to extend domain registration for the maximum ten years. The other solution is to treat domain registrar data as the critical business element it is.

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I Can't Remember Where I Purchased My Domain Name!

It wasn't until my third client had called asking how to regain control of her domain name that I realized that it was a common problem for small business webmasters to forget where they had registered their domains. WHOIS my registrar? Why didn't I get an email about renewal? Why did my site stop working today?

People rarely realize how important it is to keep their domain registrar notified of changes to their email address and and other contact information. The registrar will send renewal notifications to the email address last on file. For most domain owners, the only time they think about contacting a registrar is the day they reserve their domain name. If they move to a new city and get a new internet service provider, it doesn't occur to them that the old email address will change and that meeans that the registrar can no longer contact them through the previous address, or phone or fax as each of them change and we rarely notify the controller of our domain of those changes.

Sometimes the first indication a business owner will have that there is a problem is the day their web site stops working. If they failed to notify their domain registrar of changed email address, they may never have received their domain renewal notice. Since many 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.

The following URL leads to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (AKA ICANN) discussing the grace period and redemption period rules it enforces.


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by Mike Banks Valentine

I am the proud new owner of a cable modem! It's a beautiful little baby with flashing green eyes that indicate an average 500 KBps speed delivered on the same line as my cable TV. This little rocket delivers information faster than my brand new 300 MHz computer can digest it! I've had it for three days and feel as though my work speed has been shifted into hyperdrive!

Now I can download large software in a flash, see streaming video and listen to internet radio while I work. Hoo boy is this something! Broadband can be a shock when dial-up speeds have been your experience. My friends who work at large corporations have been telling me about broadband speeds at MegaCorp, Inc. I've noticed those news stories suggesting more people surf at work.

NOW I understand why it's worth annoying the boss because you've gotta do online shopping during lunch hour! It's simply a matter of being unwilling to wait on that slow connection at home. I will never again chose to live where high speed access is unavailable. Broadband internet connections in every new home and as a part of every home remodeling upgrade will soon be inevitable.

I've noticed that I *expect* the speed now after three short days of having lightning response at my fingertips, I am not willing to wait the thirty to forty-five seconds for a web site to load that I found normal only last week. If a site doesn't load in less than five seconds, I find myself yelling "Come On!" Broadband speeds mean immediate response. Delays in load times are nearly imperceptible. Downloads take only seconds.

This got me thinking on several levels about the expectations of the average surfer. It has become well known among webmasters that you have a very short time to grab the attention of visitors to your site. That means that you must first have a fast loading site -- and only a small percentage of surfers have modem speeds faster than 56k, a small percentage are still at 28,800. This means that the site that takes longer than thirty seconds to load over a 28,800 modem is doomed. Broadband is not yet common.

Once your page loads, you'd best have something good to offer your visitors in the way of content or freebies. Another web standard has become the giving away of free information or useful tools to your visitors in order to keep them on your page long enough to interest them in what you are selling.

I have not had television reception for over eight years now. That's a long story in itself, but suffice it to say that it's nothing short of shocking how television has evolved in that time. I get the cable TV free with my internet cable modem or I would still be without television reception by choice. I admit to being a TV snob. I find it difficult to believe that anybody watches network television for more than news. It makes me nuts to watch movies on broadcast television because I can't pause it or back up when I miss something like I can with videos.

For eight years now I've only seen broadcast television wben visiting friends or staying in hotels while traveling. So now I've tried watching some television again and have noticed that the pace or "speed" of TV has grown dramatically shorter, faster and more fragmented than when I stopped watching it in 1992.

You've got less time to catch anyone's attention in any medium, and as my own experience with the new cable modem proves, it had better be fast, good and worth my fragmented time or I'm just gonna floor it and get outta here!

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