My totenherzen.com domain name was transferred to GoDaddy last year. I did it to avoid WordPress locking it into a premium upgrade when it was time to renew. Didn’t stop them putting a dirty grey filter screen over the blog though when the ‘remapping’ expired. Cheeky bastards.
I’ll try to explain that in simple terms. Most human beings don’t notice the difference between a remapped domain name, but it would look something like this:
book page URL on a website eg totenherzen.com/books (that would be remapped)
the non-remapped page would simply say totenherzen.com regardless of which page you visit.
After I transferred the domain name my WordPress blog was remapping the domain, but that upgrade expired earlier this year. I kept getting reminders to upgrade the remapping, but it was unnecessary. Imagine my distaste when the day after the expiry the totenherzen page was unobtainable. You could see it beneath a murky grey filter screen and the words this blog is unobtainable.
Now what really pissed me off about this was the fact that the webpage was not unobtainable. My visitors were being blocked deliberately; it wasn’t a technical issue, it was a choice made by WordPress to get me to renew the remapping subscription. I can’t remember what I did to unblock the page, but it’s accessible now.
And it’s not the first time WordPress have been cheeky about their upgrading policies. You have a free blog but the only upgrade options are the premium service, or they remove certain features and stick them in a more expensive subscription, or – and this was the reason for transferring the domain name to GoDaddy – they won’t allow domain names to be renewed on their own, you have to renew them by taking out a subscription upgrade.
Correct me if I’m wrong on that last point, but I paid for totenherzen.com via WordPress, if I had lost that domain name because of their greedy shenanigans at renewal time I would have been incandescent with rage. (Or apoplectic, whichever is the higher.)
But it’s safe now. Unless GoDaddy start pulling stupid stunts.