Hosting site went under, how do I get my domain back???


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A year ago, I paid for 2 years of hosting through a site. My website was up for about 6 months and then it went down.<br />
I learned the hosting company folded. Now, when I look, my domain name won't be available until June 2009. <br />
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I've tried emailing the hosting company and calling the number they had. (phone number was dead). They went completely under, nothing works. In fact their doman is for sale.<br />
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The hosting site was A1HOST4U.COM<br />


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Never buy a domain with a hosting package for this very reason. Always go through a better known domain seller such as 1and1 or Godaddy. Finding cheap and reliable hosting is always the hardest part of setting up a website - having your domain controlled by a third party makes it less stressful when you need to switch the hosting quickly.

But to the task at hand - I'm not going to ask what your domain was since you probably don't want to broadcast it if you want any chance of getting it back but if you go to
http// - if its a domain
and enter your old domain it will bring back some details from the whois database. The important thing to note is whether or not any of YOUR personal details are registered to the domain, or just A1Hosting... if your name is up there you may have a better chance.

Secondly, do you have a reciept for the purchase of the domain - or is the purchase of the domain included on the reciept for your hosting package?

It might be that as part of the package A1hosting actually owns the domain and not you - so at this point you may have to accept defeat.

If things are looking good at this point, its time to contact ICANN for more advice since im not entirely sure myself. Relay all the relevant information, proof of purchase and ask if there is anything that can be done to transfer the domain to an account with a different registrar (such as godaddy). If the domain appears to be lost, you could also ask that if, as a result of A1hosting going bust - the domain can be released early so that you could buy it again.

(thats assuming its a top level domain - you'd have to contact nominet instead if its a UK domain, unsure about other country codes).

hope this helps.

edit I'd be interested to hear their response and whether or not you are successful in this - If you could post it as a comment if this question expires I'd appreciate it.


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