The dozens of readers of my main website, MichaelMusgrove.com, will be disappointed to find it’s currently down. And will be for the next 43 days. Fortunately, it’s not a site that generates any revenue. The reason it’s showing that my domain has expired is ridiculous.
I’ve had that domain name since 2008, I think, and it was purchased and hosted at Hostmonster.com, which presently is a subsidiary of Hostgator, a company held by a conglomerate of websites named Endurance International Group that has a portfolio of about 30 companies going by many common names, such as Bluehost. It’s a very unpopular company among developers and a lot of the general public from what I can tell. Back when I bought that domain and had it hosted at Hostmonster, they were just a little startup that was unaffiliated and hadn’t been bought up by HostGator yet.
Over the years I’ve been pretty pleased with Hostmonster, with a few hiccups and battles along the way, which is to be expected, as all successful companies have growing pains, especially ones that grow as quickly as they did. But I’ve been ready to move on for a while, and moved the hosting to SiteGround (please realize none of this part is really critical, but it provides a view into how crazy the hosting industry is).
Over the years, I also created several subdomains on the MichaelMusgrove.com site. What that means is that I have a domain attached to that hosting account, and the actual web address is newdomainname.michaelmusgrove.com, but the browser chops out the michaelmusgrove part, so it just looks like the normal URL, if that makes sense. At one point I think I had around 5, before Hostmonster sent a very blunt letter to me after a series of warnings about overuse of their resources, being on a shared server. So now I’ve got the subdomains only hosted at Hostmonster. And paying a pretty steep hosting bill. Some of those sites actually became pretty big and I had to move them to their own servers and off that domain, at other hosts. I’m always trying out new hosts to stay abreast of who’s better than whom at what. Eventually, nothing was left at Hostmonster but the MichaelMusgrove.com domain, sitting there being hosted at SiteGround.
I’ve also been trying to consolidate domain names over all that time as well. I pick up domains for nothing all the time, and have a collection spread out all over a ton of registrars. So I’ve been diligently transferring them to be under one roof at Google Domains. I chose Google Domains because they only charge a flat fee of US$12.00 to renew, offer free privacy settings, and are a stable enough company whose products I already use and like to not have to worry about them “selling out.” That move seems to disrupt companies a lot of times to the point they have a hard time recovering from the merger, and the ship/the registrar goes through some rough seas that I’d rather not be a passenger on, to use an overwrought metaphor. Centralization seems like a good solution in this case.
I’ve requested that Hostmonster release my MichaelMusgrove.com domain to Google Domains over the years so many times it’s not funny. And always they deny it. It’s frustrating, but never so much so that I pursued it further until I try again several months later, just for kicks. And every time: refused. So I’d begrudgingly pay Hostmonster to renew my license for MichaelMusgrove.com once again every year, at the relatively expensive $15.99, and they always tack on all these protections I don’t want or need as well jacking it up even more. Not this year. And this is where it gets screwy.
I contacted Hostmonster and asked why they kept denying it. It was explained: Since it was the primary domain, they couldn’t release it with my account open. My account would have to be closed/cancelled for them to legally do that, presumably by ICANN “laws.” This seems like a good time to remind people Obama just handed over America’s control over the internet to a global body of God knows who. I cannot believe a person with a law degree would hand over leverage like that at America’s expense. Something we can NEVER get back. A master negotiator, he is.
So, I told Hostmonster to cancel my account then, so I can transfer MichaelMusgrove.com over to Google Domains once and for all. Done. But wait. The domain is “locked” now for 45 days over at Hostmonster, to allow me to repurchase the domain name, in case I forgot or was in a coma during the time it lapsed, or some other imaginary stupid scenario.
So, my domain name is being held ransom at Hostmonster, with it shut down, somehow, although I’m still having it hosted at SiteGround, where my database is. And if you visit MichaelMusgrove.com, you get a notice that I’m a bum and didn’t pay my bill or something. As I sit here wand wait 43 more days until I can buy back that domain from Google Domains, hopefully before some other poor person named Michael Musgrove, or pathetic fan of, snaps it up. (I probably shouldn’t be announcing this fact, but I’m a risk-taker)
So in the meantime, I guess I’ll post junk here, as well as on any of the other many outlets for my drivel.
UPDATE: 2/4/17: Some person in China bought MichaelMusgrove.com, for some crazy reason. A fan of mine, perhaps? They can have it; I’ve moved on. https://MMusgrove.com or https://musgrove.blog is the place to be now.