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Topic: Downtime? (Read 107 times)

  • Luxor
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Downtime?
Haven't been able to reach the forum all day until now, was it down for some reason?

The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

  • Frenzie
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Re: Downtime?
Reply #1
I forgot to renew the domain name.

  • ersi
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I forgot to renew the domain name.
Is our domain name some subscription service that requires an annual renewal around this date?

  • Luxor
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I forgot to renew the domain name.
Aha! That would cause the problem right enough.
I thought automatic renewal was standard unless you took steps to cancel it, That was the case with mine anyway.
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The start and end to every story is the same. But what comes in between you have yourself to blame.

  • Frenzie
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Is our domain name some subscription service that requires an annual renewal around this date?
Aren't they all? :)

  • ersi
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Well, it's possible to set up one's own email server, as I have heard from missus Clinton, for example, so I guess it would be possible to set up one's own web server. Or is it so that even though one can set up one's own web server, it can only have a numeric address (IP), whereas the easier-to-remember url is a subscription service from external providers?

  • Frenzie
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Essentially, yes.

As an example, I also have an ultra-cheap personal VPS for €12/year. Mine comes with IPv4 included, but many low-cost ones will only come with IPv6. I combine that with a free something.nl.eu.org domain from https://nl.eu.org/, managed through https://freedns.afraid.org/. That way it doesn't cost me a single cent over that yearly €12.

That's what you do if you want something small and personal, although you should probably think more toward €40-60/year. I'm running on an extremely advantageously priced grandfathered contract from 4-5 years ago. On that VPS I could run whatever I want, including an e-mail server. But due to spam it's actually quite hard to run your own server these days, in the sense that your mails might just be automatically thrown out without ever reaching anyone.

A very big step up is renting rack space in a data center. The same principles apply. You pay for the electricity, connection (IPv4 & IPv6) and the rack space. You could even rent the server hardware itself from them. But the domain like thedndsanctuary.eu is a separate thing.

They'd probably be happy to do that for you as well, but mostly you'd just be making it harder to switch away in the future, plus for some odd reason they often seem to charge more rather than less than separate domain sellers.