Imagine you own a business. Now imagine you get up one ordinary morning and go to work only to discover--to your horror--that all your furnishings have vanished and someone else owns your building. All your mail is now delivered to the new owner; it will not be forwarded to you--in fact, it no longer even belongs to you. All your previous and future visitors are directed to a listing of businesses they could visit to find what they were searching for--but none of those businesses includes yours.
Impossible? In the bricks and mortar world, perhaps. But alas, not in cyberspace. The above is exactly what happened to me. I woke up a couple weeks ago to discover I no longer own www.SeasonsForSuccess.com--a name I have had for over 5 years! I have always been notified when it's time to renew my domain registration. Always. But not this time. And so the registration expired, and a cybersquatter snatched up the name. My website disappeared and in its place is the online equivalent of the yellow pages.
"Destroyers and usurpers! Curse them!!" -Treebeard in The Two Towers.
But, life goes on. I have taken up residence at http://www.MySeasonsForSuccess.com. Thankfully my website is contained on my computer's hard drive, so I can easily upload it to the site. It'll take a bit of time to tweak all the links, though. And, my online catalog was totally unaffected, since it is provided through Watkins Inc.
And the best thing of all is, I still have you, my eNewsletter subscribers! I have learned a hard lesson; you can be sure I won't let my domain name expire ever again!!
Update: I have my domain name back, rebuilt my website, and it's better than ever!