By Chiqui Raveloski
My blog domain had expired and I did not have any idea that this was going on. My daughter found out about it by accident when she tried to access my blog from Google. From this, I realized that it has been a year, and yes, I needed to renew the domain. Well, this is where the problem started.
First of all, I didn't get the email to renew my domain name. This is because I don't use the gmail address that I provided when I signed up for the domain from Google anymore. When I ditched this gmail address, I should have taken into consideration that this piece of information about my domain purchase should not be taken lightly.
Next, I tried to access my google admin console but unfortunately, cannot get in. My fault. Forgot my password. Tried to reset the password, but the the recovery email, non functional. Why? Virus!
Needless to say, I'm doomed. I still have the rights to the domain, but cannot access it since I cannot get into the admin console. After emailing, calling, talking to Google, they finally referred me to Godaddy.com. Google uses their services for domain hosting. Aha. Did not know that..But I was thinking. Isn't this more like a Google issue and not Godaddy?
However, Godaddy is so helpful and really trying their best to accommodate my needs. A service specialist is working with me right now to try and figure out how to get in my admin console with Google. In the meantime, I went ahead and purchased the .net domain for my blog from Godaddy. This way, I can just contact them and talk to a live person directly 24/7 if I need to.
What upsets me right now is the fact that I cannot even direct the traffic from my old address to the new one. It's the most major setback of not being able to access my admin console from google. Therefore, I'm starting from the ground up all over again.
Lessons I learned from all these.
* Do not forget to pay for domain name before it expires.
* Keep up with information no matter how minute it seems that time.
* Transfer everything from an email account to the next one.
* When transferring from one email account to the next, inform businesses associated with the old account about the move. It will save a lot of headache.
* If you really love your blog, you should keep all the information about it from birth till present. It's like taking care of a child.
* Keep a written copy of all passwords you have. I know it might pose as a security issue. Keep it in a safe place. It can come in handy.
* NEVER GIVE UP.
After weeks of working to try and get my domain name back, I finally did it.
I'm back on track. Nice to be home again.