A word to the wise about domain transfer

Well that was a little annoying. Fortunately, this site has been dormant for so long that I doubt anyone noticed. Noticed what, I hear you cry? Well I messed up. In moving hosting companies, I also changed from one domain registrar to another. Except I didn’t. Somewhere in the fine print, I missed a note warning me that there was one step which had to be triggered manually.

If you have ever moved a domain you’ll know that in an attempt to prevent domains being moved maliciously you need to get a transfer authorization code from the original registrar and pass that to the new registrar who will then use it to prove to the original registrar that you have requested the move.

I had (incorrectly) assumed that the manual step I mentioned earlier would have occurred when the new registrar received the authorization code. It didn’t. Because I was under the impression that I had done everything necessary, I wasn’t too bothered when I got messages warning me that the domain was about to expire as I knew my new hosting company automatically renews the domain for me at no cost. That all changed last weekend when I discovered my domain was no more. I quickly got in touch with the new hosting company, who did all they could to help, but even so things were down for most of the week. Fortunately, this is just a “vanity” site… but you can bet it was a very useful lesson to learn since I really don’t want this sort of problem to crop up on any commercial sites I may create in the future.

Time for a reboot!

Yes, I know… It’s been well over a year since I last actually added something to this site (and when I did, it was only to re-add the historical content after someone hacked the WordPress installation). There are two reasons behind that. The first is a simple lack of time. It’s amazing how a young child in the house will do that to you. The second was that my employer’s computer use policy includes a statement that posting on a blog was prohibited, and that by doing so I could be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. In this economy, that wasn’t something I was willing to risk!

Still, time marches on, and I finally came to a couple of conclusions. First of all, some of my friends have similarly aged children and they are able to keep their websites updated. In some cases multiple sites. Telling myself I don’t have enough time probably means that I am actually wasting it. Besides, who needs sleep anyway?! Secondly, the company I work for really has no right to tell me what I can do in my free time as long as it doesn’t negatively impact them. Since I have no intention of revealing the inner workings of their code, or product plans, on this site I’m probably safe. I certainly hope so anyway.

So, what next? Well having decided I need to do do something with this site. I shall! For starters, I migrated away from my previous hosting company, which appeared to be getting slower and slower, to a new one Arvixe. They offered everything my previous host provided with better response times and lower cost!¬†As for the content, my goal is to follow the example of several others I know and post at least one new entry each week. In between postings, you can find me on both Twitter (@richardjfoster) and Google+ (+Richard Foster) feel free to stop by and say “Hi” in either location, although I’m currently more active in G+ than Twitter.