How to Recover When You Lose Your Domain
In a worst-case scenario, you log on, only to discover that your website, along with other essential functions, are gone. But what do you do if you lose your domain?
This unfortunate situation may occur because your domain has been hijacked, it has expired, or there could be complications during a transfer. In this article, we’ll explore what can happen if you lose your domain and how to recover if it happens to you.
Let’s start with some fundamental definitions:
Domain: This is the address that you use to access a website.
Registrar: This is where you register and renew domains.
WHOIS: This is a place where you can find information about people, groups, or organizations who own a domain name.
SSL: This stands for Transport Layer Security (TLS), which is an encryption security protocol. You’ll recognize it as ‘https’ at the start of a URL rather than ‘http’.
What can happen if you lose your domain?
When you lose your domain, you’ll lose access to your website (and possibly your emails) as well as experience a drop in search engine rankings, orders and potential new customers.
If you lose your domain, it’s crucial to inform all stakeholders, using alternative communication channels such as social media.
Additionally, it’s vital to reach out to the domain registrar immediately to understand the cause of the suspension and initiate the domain recovery process. Building on transparency, if prolonged recovery is foreseen, securing an alternative domain through a reputable provider is a wise step to ensure business continuity.
You can also reach out to the community for support, as shown with the customer support to Kloris CBD during their issue.
If you’re facing a similar issue, reach out! If you’ve been affected by something like this or have any issues that you would like Small Business to investigate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to also check out relevant articles such as “Choosing the right .co.uk domain name for your business”, “Different domain endings – do you need to buy them all?”, and “Why should you have a custom domain?” to learn more and avoid similar setbacks.
In the meantime, regularly check your spam folders and ensure your domain is registered in your company’s name from the start to prevent lengthy and costly struggles at a later time.
Taking preventive measures like setting calendar reminders well ahead of renewal time and proactive management of website developers’ contracts will prevent this disruptive situation in the future.