This post is spurred by a stupid mistake I made, and I want to share it with you so that it doesn’t happen to you.
For whatever reason, it seems that when domain names that I win at NameJet are pushed into my various accounts at domain registrars, they are unlocked and auto-renew is set to “off.” More often than not, I’ll ignore them and change the renewal status on them when I get around to it.
Yesterday, I discovered that I accidentally let a domain name expire after paying a few hundred dollars for it in 2011. Stupid mistake. Luckily, it is in redemption status so I can renew it for a premium price to avoid having it re-sent to auction.
I don’t know why registrars don’t automatically set domain names to auto-renew and locked when they are pushed to your account, but it’s something you need to know.