It’s been a brute of a day. It’s 3am and I’m still working… Why? A website hosting firm hit the wall, sending a dozen sites I’ve worked on in the past offline. OK, I don’t have contractual arrangements for these sites, but I do have moral obligations. So what do you do when a host goes belly-up and you have clients pressing you on the phone?
The answer, as I’ve today discovered, depends if you’re trying to retrieve a .co.uk or .org.uk domain, as opposed to a .com, .org or .net. For the former you can deal with the nice people at Nominet who have a convenient page about how to deal with an insolvent domain name registrar, and a system (as their super quick and efficient help desk informed me) that allows you to change registrar direct on the Nominet site for a charge of Â£10+VAT. So 3 .uk domains were saved in a flash.
Contrast that with the .com, .org and .net domains where I am still messing around trying to get hold of agencies, resellers etc. and Nominet was such a pleasure to deal with, the highlight in an otherwise dire day.