Tesla now owns tesla.com. Prior to it, the car company owned teslamotors.com. How exactly Tesla was able to pry it off its previous owner, nobody knows how. Previously, tesla.com was owned by Stu Grossman, a big fan of Nikolai Tesla. Maybe, he just forgot to pay his domain registrar. Or he got paid handsomely for it.
If you have multiple domains installed in a virtual host configuration with one IP address in Apache, the IP address may not resolve to the domain you prefer. Let me explain.
For example, you have the following domains running on an Ubuntu Server with one IP address.
abc.com cde.com klm.com xyz.com
All the domains are resolving as expected on the browser.
However, if you type the IP address on the browser, it only defaults to the first domain found in the /etc/apache2/sites-available directory, which is most likely abc.com.
If you want the IP address to default to another domain, such as klm.com for example, you will need to edit the /etc/apache2/httpd.conf file and add the following entries.
<VirtualHost *:80> ServerName www.klm.com ServerAlias klm.com DocumentRoot /var/www/klm.com/www </VirtualHost>
Those are the only entries you’ll need. Typing the IP address on the browser will now default to the contents of klm.com. All the other domains are still accessible via domain names on the browser.
If you have a registered domain that is expiring at GoDaddy, to their credit, they do send out several notices to let you know that your domain is expiring. But the day after your domain expires, your domain is no longer working and it gets parked at GoDaddy. Although you make a payment on the same day. It can take anywhere from 2-24 or even 48 hours for the domain to propagate the DNS entry.
So, in the meantime, your website is screwed. Your customers will see a parked page at GoDaddy. If your website is a critical business website, you can potentially lose money. The delay is more of a DNS issue instead of GoDaddy. Even at this age in time, you would think DNS propagation delay can be resolved in minutes instead of days. Unfortunately, we are still stuck in the horse-and-buggy age when it comes DNS management.
But GoDaddy has to do better in protecting business when it comes to downing websites. Although it’s entirely my fault to not properly pay on time, GoDaddy doesn’t give you much grace time when it comes to missing a payment. Although it their right to do this, I don’t think they are winning any customers. I have other domains registered at other registrars. I missed payments by a couple days, but they give you ample of time of at least a week before redirecting your DNS entry. So, your website is never down.
So with that, GoDaddy policies are not winning me over. I will transfer any remaining domains I own out of GoDaddy as soon as I can.