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    Question Domain Name parking?

    First post, new member - Hi Everyone.

    A website I just became the admin for is up for domain name registration renewal via network solutions.

    However, the website's content will be undergoing sweeping changes that could take a year to complete - so essentially the website will no longer exist in it's current form at the end of this month.

    I dont want the domain name to be lost, what should I do? Just renew domain registration but cancel web hosting?

    I have been out of the web design game for a long time, is this called parking a domain?
    I guess my question is, how do I maintain ownership of the domain name at the cheapest possible way, without losing it.

    This is the part that has me worried - email from Network Solutions:

    Please Note: For nsWebAddress™ names only, unless you renew immediately upon receipt of this notification, the nsWebAddress™ name(s) listed above will be deleted from your account and we may, in accordance with our service agreement, attempt to renew and transfer the domain name(s) listed above to a third party on your behalf.

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    First of all, don't park the domain. Renew it and leave the current content and hosting as it is. Do not take it down unless it's so inaccurate that leaving it up poses problems for the company involved (and I highly doubt that's the case).

    If you take it down for any significant length of time, you will cause short-term search engine-related damage to the site. Taking it down for a day is okay...sites go down, hosts sometimes suck, it happens, Google in particular knows about it. Take it down for a year, it basically becomes a new site at that point and you're starting over from scratch as opposed to starting from a point where you've built up some credibility (assuming no one's torched the domain or done anything stupid from an "SEO" point of view to it).

    Basically, if it's not junked already, don't junk it.
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    If Network Solutions hits you with a large renewal fee try this:

    Unlock the code as if you're going to transfer the domain to another registrar. We did this today on a few domains and it redirected us to a page that said:

    STOP! renew your domain for $10.00 and that we did. We had also done this earlier on another domain.


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