Testimony: Domain names fiasco

It's been a pleasure being part of the ToT tech team. We have a simple yet profound mission:

Exude excellence by priming the missionopen in new window to be a tech-first mission

We have this teamopen in new window as our pacesetters ๐Ÿ˜Ž


๐Ÿ”– TLDR - Too long, don't read

Our spiritual father (otherwise referred to as PFA or Papa), officially Prophet Dr. Fred Akamaopen in new window recently announced the signing of Testimony TVopen in new window and the team was tasked to park domains for that.

Unfortunately, I hit a snug and the ideal scenario was totally ruined until it got fixed!

The nitty-gritty

We found out that testimony.tvopen in new window is already owned ๐Ÿค•. So our next alternative:

Domains: testimony-tv.org/ testimony-tv.com

Domain names

Great! ๐Ÿ‘ We're in business.

I initiated payment and was out of there. ๐Ÿ†

๐Ÿคฏ The fiasco

Not so fast. Moments later, I saw this:

Cancelled order

Then this ๐Ÿคฏ

One domain is unavailable

Yes, you saw it right. All of a sudden, testimony-tv.orgopen in new window was no longer available!

๐Ÿ˜Ÿ Devastation

I was devastated on two fronts:

  • Professionally:

    I saw it as un-professionalism on my part. I had been a bit easy about the process, not quite prompt with the task. Then the payment gateway locked me out, meaning that I could not even buy the available testimony-tv.com

  • Spiritually:

    First off, testimony.tvopen in new window had required a price bargain which could have gone over $1500.

    Domain bargain

    I admit that's a quality domain. Maybe we'll get it in time. Besides, YouVersionopen in new window acquired bible.comopen in new window after several years.

    ๐Ÿง Did you know?

    The Bible appopen in new window has been sponsored by one man since 2012! According to Wikipedia, he's the billionaire entrepreneur owner of Hobby Lobbyopen in new window (it might require you to use a VPN to connect), David Greenopen in new window). Talk about Kingdom Financing!

    Secondly, I felt this was the opposition winning! Frustrating the efforts of this ministry to secure an online presence.

So what do I do now? ๐Ÿค”

The turnaround

Pardon me; I'm going to be a bit technical here.

Steps to Victory (You've gotta celebrate your wins, even the small ones) ๐Ÿ†

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ WHO IS lookup

After calming down and whispering a short "God intervene", I started with a WHOIS lookup. I hoped it would be public. Unfortunately, no data could be found by the registrar's service.

However, on the terminal, I got a clue: pir.orgopen in new window ๐Ÿคจ


๐ŸŒ ORG registry

I remembered some news about all the .org domains. The ORG registry was privatized late that previous year. Here's a commentopen in new window I shared with my readers on this.

So what had that got to do with this? I don't know. It wasn't adding up because even with that fact, domain registrars can still sell .org domains.

On a hunch, read Holy Spirit's direction, I signed up for an account in a random domain registrar but left it at that, saying to myself, "Who am I kidding?"

I gave my mind a break from the concern.

๐Ÿ“ฅ An email in the night

Sometimes I am a night owl, active at night, in the peace and quiet.

So I get this email:

Email from epik

I follow-up, and unbelievably, I can register the two domains ๐Ÿ’ช

Successful order

Success message


And it was a success, moreover cheaper ๐Ÿ•บ


So now, while the Tech team is working on the page, here's the Testimony-TVopen in new window) site. โœจ

I liked the parking page they give once you purchase. So much that I just edited it to fit.

TV site

TV site part b

๐Ÿง I had thought against sharing the domain registrar then I remembered: most techies will simply do a WHOIS lookup, so why go through the trouble. ๐Ÿคท

Check them out: epik.comopen in new window (They call themselves: the Swiss Bank of domains ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ)

For the record, I use multiple domain registrars. I try not to have brand loyalty with them.

If this piqued your interest, this seriesopen in new window probably will. I take readers through the steps of creating their own web presence from scratch.

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