I received an email from Network Solutions last week to remind me about renewing a domain name. They even offered me a special discount code for renewing this domain name, which I previously won on NameJet:
The only problem with this email is that the domain name was transferred to GoDaddy back in March. A Whois search confirms that the domain name is no longer registered at Network Solutions.
It would appear that the UsedAgain.com record in my Network Solutions account is known as a “ghost record.” This means that it would appear to exist within my Network Solutions account, but it is really at GoDaddy. I would not be able to modify nameservers, set up forwarding, or do anything else with the domain name from within Network Solutions.
The big question I have is whether or not Network Solutions would process a renewal if I attempted to renew the domain name. I have no idea because I didn’t try, but it is something to be cautious about. If I had thousands of names in my portfolio, I could see this being a bigger issue if domain names with ghost records could be renewed.
This is not just a Network Solutions issue though. I recall having the same issue at several other registrars in the past.
I have no idea what causes these ghost records, but they can be confusing and potentially costly if a registrar can process purchases related to the ghost record (such as a renewal or privacy).