I bought a package website eighteen months ago but have now decided to design my own site. I allowed the registration period to elapse in July so I could register with another host, but the host is still listing the site as mine three months later. Can anyone suggest a course of action to get them to release it? I’ve tried contacting them directly but they just tell me it will be released soon…
The host is Freestart.
Unfortunately what you posted is a common but wrong assumption. The moment you allow your domain name registration to expire, you are considered to have abandoned your rights to it. (well almost all…)
By then you really have no right to tell them to release it just because you once had it. They can hold on to it as they see fit, though there can be certain restrictions depending on their agreements with whomever they’re doing business with.
If the domain name really means a lot to you, I suggest you bite the bullet and renew it with your current provider instead. It’s too risky to hope you’ll be able to re-register it with someone else, and you have ZERO assurance you’ll be able to do that.
by: Dave Zan
on: 14th May 07