Looks like something worse happened to Giveawayoftheday (GAOTD) they didn’t even imagined in their worst dreams. Looks like the domain got expired due to some reason and now when we open the GAOTD site or blog, it directs us to a Parked domain page.
Here is some official word from their blog. (I got this from their feeds as the blog URL too isnt working)
we are aware of the situation with Giveaway of the Day site and are sorry for the inconvenience. Our domain record domain was supposed to auto-renew but failed for some reasons that have yet to be investigated.
Let us assure you that domain has successfully been renewed, still the system needs time to get the site back to proper work.
For those users who still experience problems with access to GOTD, please stay on-line or try to reach us in several hours. We will finally be back! 🙂
Have a nice day!
GOTD project team
One lesson learned from this fiasco. Never wait for the domain to auto renew. Renew your domain much before any problem kicks you on your last day of renewal or Auto renewal.
Hope they can get back online soon solving all this mess.
Update: Looks like the site is online but blog still redirects to Parked URL. Right now, it works only if you put www before the domain name. Sub-domains still not working.
Thanks for the info Avi, I thought GAOTD had been abandoned like the popular website for-free-on-internet.com . Hope Giveawayoftheday is online soon 🙂
Hopefully they can get their domain back soon. That’s why you should do few critical things manually instead of waiting for it to happen automatically.
“Update: Looks like the site is online but blog still redirects to Parked URL. Right now, it works only if you put www before the domain name. Sub-domains still not working.”
I have read in various places on teh web that some people can get to gotd, but I
am still getting the parked page, I cannot access it at all 🙁
Is there any word on what they will do with todays gotd? Will they rerun it?
JUst updated the post.
It looks like they are back but will take few more hours to get it accessible to everyone.
I wonder if their webhost is GISOL? Gisol allowed my domain to expire, when it was set to auto-renew with them. Then an affiliate of their company bought the domain name and tried to sell it back to me at a ridiculous price. In my experience, GISOL is a bunch of crooks with very poor hosting services.
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