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Host closed down her server

What do I do with domain?

12:12 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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My host suddenly, with little notice, had to close down her server. I had my daughter's website there but for years we've done nothing with it, and don't anticipate doing so for some time.

So, we have her domain, paid for many years into the future.

What do we do? Leave things as is, or "park" it (whatever that means).

Thanks for your suggestios; sorry for my ignorance.
1:15 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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you should put the content on another server and edit your DNS configuration to point to the IP address of the new server.
10:24 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Assumes of course that there is a local copy of the content. I am now on my fourth PC / laptop since I started building web sites and discovered recently that the originals of some files had been lost in one of the transitions.
11:19 am on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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A web presence isn't needed for the site now, but may be in the future. We just want to protect the domain name, which was for a small hand-crafted jewelry store my daughter used to own. She still uses the name in craft shows, etc. and may open another store when her children are older.

Can someone explain what it means to "park" a domain? Is that something we should do with the domain name?

If I put the site on another server (which will be difficult to do because it was created with FrontPage), there will be an annual fee, perhaps paid for years. I haven't been into web design for a very long time so would have to pay someone to put up the site, even if one page.

But maybe that's the prudent thing to do?
12:52 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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All you need to do is keep paying for the domain name when it comes up for renewal. If you do, it's yours with or without any content on it. Content is not required for a domain to be securely yours.

Parking a domain is simply you owning the domain but letting someone else, normally a company, put ads on it. You can earn money from the ads but don't hold your breath!

Sedo do domain parking among many other companies, just google or bing "domain parking".

If you want to put content on the domain then why not just try displaying "this domain is for sale for a very high amount. If you desparately want this domain and are willing to pay mega bucks for it then email me at .......

Well, you never know!
1:08 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, nomis5. I understand now.

Thanks for the explanation of a parked domain. Have no interest in doing that.

btw, we do have the site on Blogger, but don't need an actual site for the foreseeable future. Maybe when the children are older.

Thanks all for your input.

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