Monday, August 29, 2016

Back from Hibernation - Custom Domain Woes

Hello blog! Oh boy it's been a while. Since last year I think I've only had to legit posts lol. Mainly because as with everyone else - life happens. :p

I was trying to revive our blog for the past few days when I realized that our custom domain subscription has already expired. Basically this is responsible for giving us our ".com" email address turning it into www.delighteduniverse.com instead of www.delighteduniverse.blogspot.com. People do it for web traffic. :) For the past years our domain provider would message us when it was time to renew, however for this year, I didn't receive any email notification from them, and I also forgot about it altogether. So to my dismay, upon trying to access this blog again I only got "DNS suspended". Apparently it's been like this for 3 months already since June :-( Sorry readers! (nuks parang meron LOL)

Shout out to HostingManila.net. I tried contacting them to no avail. Their Facebook page has been inactive since 2013. They were gone with the wind. :'( It's one of the risks of online transactions, when they choose to disappear there's no number, no physical store to run to. I mean I'd perfectly understand if they had some trouble along the way and had to close down, but a notification for their clients should have been sent out.

At first I panicked about how the hell we'd get the blog back up, I felt like our blog address has been hijacked. But it turns out that reverting back from custom domain to the old "blogspot.com" domain is pretty easy. On the blogger dashboard you go to "Settings", visit the "Publishing" section, and click "x" in the Blog address. You will be asked if you want to remove custom domain and you can just hit "OK" and you're done.

So for now we'll be here, until I find a new domain provider. Any recommendations? :)

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