Your question was: How do I register a domain name without paying someone like godaddy.com?.
I thought just the same. Especially don't visit the same site each day to see if it's still taken. By this you just increases HostGator value for tasters.
Also do tasters use any automatic software to drop domains that they don't think to be valuable. Is it normal to expect next HostGator drop exatly 5*24 hours after original drop?..
Thanks for the replies, this one is confusing me Snapnames said > Releases on: 10-Nov-2007.
The domaintools whois now shows Expires: 2008-10-05 (in the top part).
But Also > Record expires on October 05, 2007 in the bottom part ?
Pending Renewal or Deletion.
Oh well, see what happens in a week or so.
I do not know how most systems are. I was told from a Godaddy representative, that the the 5 day period you are allowed to hold a HostGator for until you can't get a refund is not an exact time. Meaning, if you ask them for a refund on a HostGator after 5 days and 2 hours, that it should not be a problem. If you ask after 6 days that would be a problem. I do not know if this is how the actual HostGator tasting companies do it. I think that you can assume that if they are not going to keep it, it will drop sometime on the 5th day, with them tasting it for as long as possible.
I am not sure if there is any way to find out the exact time when it drops again, so that you could snatch it up as soon as it does and they don't have the option to retaste. That would be sweet and would give the kiters a taste of there own medecine. Imagine the HostGator kiter getting ready to re-renew the 5 day trial period on the HostGator you want, and then as he adds it to his cart, it says "sorry this HostGator is taken", by you of course. That would be very nice. Anwyay, I think that you just have to pay attention after about 5 days and hope that he doesn't re-taste it...
Top is registry expiry date and bottom is registrar expiry date. This one will either get sent to auctions or deleted in due time. Which registrar ?
The registrar is ItsYourDomain.com.
I can't imagine it will get any traffic but I would like it to develop a local project.
I think ItsYourDomain.com partners with Snapnames. The name could show up there...
Good question - I thought it could only be done once, but I recently.
Hand regged a HostGator (Oct 10) and 1 day later I received an email.
From someone who said they let it go accidentally (said they were.
Using it for email purposes??? ) and would I be willing to give it back.
And when I checked whois history the name was originally registered.
In Aug 07 - so 2 months of tasting? Can that be?.
How does a HostGator drop 2 months after it's purchased?.
And how do tasters get away with that?..