How to: Find out domain expiration date

My friend recently lost her domain name as she forgot to renew it. Now there is no way she can get back the domain name. So how do you find out domain expiration date?

There are 3 simple ways:

By checking the public WHOIS database

Visit whois service here and enter your domain name. You can also use your domain registrar whois service to find out information.

By logging into your domain service providers account

Login to your domain registrar account and list expiring domain. Make sure you set all domains to auto renewal. Finally, make sure your credit card / payment information is upto date to avoid delays.

By using automated shell scripts for Linux /UNIX / Mac OS X

You can grab modified shell script that run as a cron job from your own Mac OS X / Unix computer. This script checks to see if a domain has expired. It can be run in interactive and batch mode, and provides facilities to alarm (email) if a domain is about to expire in advance.

Free Windows Software

If anyone has any information about free domain remainder utility for Windows XP / Vista, please add them in the comments.

Most domain register provides a series of reminder emails to you as the domain name approaches its expiry date. Make sure you whitelist those email address. If domain names are quite important register them for 5-10 years and lock all domain names.

1&1 Offfers Private Registration With $5.99 Domains

Yup 1 and 1 hosting/domain service provider offers Private Registration With $5.99 Domains. 1&1’s new plan is stilll priced at $5.99 for a one-year .com registration, but will now include private domain registration, a feature that is a paid add-on at other providers. The enhanced plans also include a 1 gigabyte e-mail account and a web starter page at no additional cost. Now how cool is this?

Yup you will not get those spam email and your private information remains safe. But it is not a limited-time promotion and bundled with standard domain package. :D

Cybersquatting is big bad business

In dotcom era cybersquatting was at its peak. Basically booking or using domain names with bad-faith to make profit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to large/small corporations. They also try to sell these domains for profit to others or even to business itself. Even after DOT-COM crash Cybersquatting still continues because of profits.

I remember when I uses to sell computers and my firms name was ‘Cyberciti Computers’, so I booked domain. I used to get an email from someone who claims to owner of domain and willing to sell me the same.

By past mistakes I have also learned lesson to renew domains on time. My first domain was taken by someone. So if you got domain make sure you rename it on time or even in advance.

If someone takes your domain related to your business then you can take the help of laws. If you are in US you can take help of 1999 US federal law known as the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. I don’t think so we have any such law in India, under IT Act 2000.