I Broke Triberr. What Did You Do Today?
It’s Social Media Week in New York, so I’ve been hitting up all the cool spots this week.
Needless to say, by the time I got home I felt like a horse that’s been riden hard and put away wet. So, I shut off anything that could wake me up before I want to wake up, and went to sleep.
I woke up around 11AM to several missed calls. Two of them from Peggy Fitzpatrick. I need a coffee, I thought to myself.
So I decided to look at my emails for clues as to why my phone was blowing up. Figured that would give me a little heads up. I also decided to toast some bread at the same time. Big mistake.
Had to throw out the first batch because it got…well, let’s just say the bread looked the way I felt.
Here is a sample of deluge I faced as I checked my emails.
I will spare you the countless Tweets, Facebook messages, and Skype pings. Needless to say, it was one helluva day.
So, what happened?
Triberr.com domain had expired, that’s what happened.
How is that possible? Quite easy, actually. I suck.
When we first purchased the domain name two years ago, I thought it was set to auto-renew. Apparently, that wasn’t the case.
So, there’s a lesson in it for you, kids. Check your renewal settings and make sure they are what you think they are. Otherwise, your domain might lapse.
Domain registrars provide a grace period. So if your doman has lapsed and you catch it within few days and renew, you get it back. And that’s exactly what we did.
This time, we registered it for 5 years with auto-renewal in place. And this time for sure.
Something like this will never, ever, ever, happen again. #FamousLastWords
We should all thank Dan for being on top of it all and fixing the issue at the speed of light.
However, it can take up to 24hrs for DNS servers to propagate the fix across the Intertubes, so you might still be able to see the expired page with ads if you’re (un)lucky..
So, What Did We Learn?
- Know your domain renewal settings
- If domain expires, you have a grace period
- Even once it’s fixed, it will take some time to propagate
I apologize to everyone who got the shock of a lifetime while visiting Triberr this morning. It was completely my fault. And I promise to do better for you guys.
Do you have a horror story you’d like to share?