How does the richest cricket board in the world let their domain expire? Simple, they forgot to renew it.
The domain for The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (bcci.tv) was thought to be valid from 2-2-2006 to 2-2-2019, but in fact, the expiry date was February 3, 2018. Due to the error, their domain was put up for public bidding by register.com and namejet.com. This was a HUGE mistake by the board and has caused an uproar within the company. The flub also garnered media attention from several local and international media outlets.
To avoid the same from happening to you or your company, make sure you have auto-renewal on for your domain, and double-check the expiry from time to time.
How do I check when my domain will expire?
It’s very simple to check when your domain expires. One way you can check is by going to Rebel.ca’s WHOIS page and running a search on your domain.
You’ll get something that looks like this:
WHOIS Search Results for bcci.tv
Domain Name: BCCI.TV
Registry Domain ID: 86919802_DOMAIN_TV-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.register.com
Registrar URL: http://www.register.com
Updated Date: 2018-02-04T09:05:29Z
Creation Date: 2006-02-02T12:20:32Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2019-02-02T12:20:32Z
Depending on where your domain was registered, you may see other details like contact information – some countries and providers restrict this data, so you may even see a general privacy message instead.
Domain renewal isn’t at the top of most business owners’ lists, but it’s worth a few minutes of your time if it can help you avoid a potentially very embarrassing situation that can hurt your brand.
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