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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Domain Expired - Removing Netfirms Parking Page (Solved) 9/25/2019

Domain Expired - Removing Netfirms Parking Page (Solved)

I usually blog technical market updates on this website, but lately I've been busy with a major construction project, and physically preparing (prepping) for a global market collapse, and I hadn't bothered checking my email for a while. That is, until last week, when I found - to my utter horror - that I had allowed my domain to expire! When you spend countless hours updating a website, and trying to drive traffic to it... only to suddenly find that it's gone in a day, is a big wake up call, but apparently this can happen to the best of us. See:
9 Famous Domain Expirations

All it takes to lose your website is to miss the final email warning to pay your annual domain fee, and next thing you know, you're website, and email no longer work. I didn't realize this until I went to update this blog, last week. and found a parking page, where used to be, and being an amateur site builder; I wasn't sure what it would take to get traffic pointed back to this blogger site.

Thankfully, most domain registrars don't just sell your domain to the highest bidder, as soon as you miss a payment. There's usually a grace period of 30 days, before you're precious domain name goes to auction.

As it turns out, it wasn't too difficult to get things back up and running again, but I had trouble finding the help I needed though internet searches, and calling technical support is always a last resort....  so, I thought it would be good to explain how to redirect traffic away from Netfirm's parking page, and back to your website.      

Assuming you're grace period hasn't lapsed, the first thing you want to do is make your payment, and wait for confirmation that you're domain has been renewed. This should allow you to gain access to your control panel.

Once you gain access to the control panel:

1. Check the box next to the domain you wish to modify. 

2. Click on the "Name Servers" tab.

3. Under "Update Name Servers", you should find, "use different name servers" is checked, with traffic being directed to a website address that looks something like, "...expired/parking page".  You want to check the "Use default name servers" -, and ns2.netdirms.

4. Save Changes - you should get a message, something to the effect that, "this change may take 24 hrs"... Only took a few hours for me.  

Good luck,



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