Important update: Domain contact details now require validation

Starting from 1st January 2014, ICANN (the governing body for top level domain names) is introducing a new process that requires domain registrants to validate their contact details via the email address held against their domain.


How does validation work?

When a domain name is registered, transferred or due to renew, you will receive an email entitled ‘Registrant validation email’ from our domains partner. This will contain a link asking you to validate your email address. It is imperative that you do not ignore this email, and validate your email address via the link provided as soon as possible.


How long do I have to validate my email address?

You need to validate your email address within 15 days from the point that you first receive the notification. Further reminders will be sent on days 5, 10 and 13 of this 15 day period to ensure that you don’t forget to validate your details.


What happens if I don’t validate my email address?

If you fail to validate your details within 15 days of the initial notification, your domain will be suspended and any website/email using this domain will be unavailable. Your domain can be reactivated, but this process may take up to 72 hours.


How can I ensure I don’t miss these important verification e-mails?

Please contact us to use our check and update service. Take this opportunity to ensure that your registrant/company contact details are all up-to-date.

This service is available to all existing clients at the reduce cost of £25.00 + VAT per domain. (Offer available until 28th February 2014)

Don’t Get Suckered Into False Domain Renewals

We’ve all been there haven’t we – our website has been live and kicking for a year or two and then suddenly a letter drops through the door proclaiming doom and gloom. From ‘courtesy’ domain name renewal expiration notices to down right scare tactics, we’re informed that our domain names are going to expire and that if they are not renewed, the world might come to an end! Your name might be ‘taken by a competitor’ or ‘your website will dissappear’ are common tactics used by a miriad of companies all competing for your precious renewal fee. In truth some of what they say is accurate but in reality, as long as your domain is managed with a little care and attention none of these disasters are likely to occur. What can in fact happen if we panic and don’t read the small print, is that we can in some cases unwittingly sign over the actual ownership and control of our domain names to less than scrupulous individuals. On face value they may appear to be who they say they are but in time, might end up charging inflated release, purchase or renewal fees for something we already own!

The important thing is not to panic and seek advice from someone you trust – find out if your domain identity is really in need of renewal, what costs are involved and more importantly who will end up with the rights to manage what after all could be your livelihood!

S2 Internet can give you un-biased and impartial advice to help you through what can be a complicated process, ensuring that your domain name stays where it belongs – with you!