As some of you may, or may not already know, when you register a domain name there are a lot of things that happen in the background to keep that domain in your possession, and to keep it running so it can power your website and deliver your emails. There is a governing body called ICANN that's behind the scenes to establish the rules and regulations regarding owning a domain name. Typically, these regulations only affect companies that register domains for you, i.e. Byte Productions, or you, if you registered your own domains with a company like GoDaddy or Network Solutions. ICANN put into place a new rule effective Jan 1st, 2014, and it affects all domain owners, as well as those who register them.
The new rule is basically a verification/validation of the owner of a domain name. When a new domain name is registered, we have to provide a valid email address associated with the domain name's owner information. This verification also takes place if there are any updates to the contact information of your domain. Even simple changes like modifing a zip code triggers this re-validation process. This process requires the registrar managing the domain name, OpenSRS in our case, to send out an email to the email address provided with instructions on how to validate their domain. There is a link to follow from within the email to do so.
Here is what that email message should look like:
Subject: VERIFICATION REQUIRED - Please verify your domain name(s) as soon as possible
Please read this important e-mail carefully.
Recently you registered, transferred or modified the contact information for one or more of your domain name(s). As of January 1, 2014, ICANN requires all accredited registrars to verify your new contact information.
You can read about ICANN's new policy at: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/registrars/raa/approved-with-specs-27jun13-en.htm#whois-accuracy.
In order to ensure your domain name remain active, you must now click the following link and follow the instructions provided:
It is important to note the domain name of this verification link. It should only include "domainadmin.com" within it. If any other domain is there, do not click it, and notify a member of the Byte Productions team to assist you.
If you have an existing domain name, you may have already seen this message, or even possibly one talking about suspending your domain. If you do not respond promptly to the request, the domain registrars must suspend your domain name. This suspension results in your website being unavailable (at last notice, it would return a blank white page) and could also stop the routing of your email.
These rules are meant to insure stronger integrity within the domain name heirarchy, and with your help it will become that way.