The website also has a number of other dire warnings on it - for example claiming my website is not completely set up, as I have not contracted them for web design or e-mail services. This is the modern way of marketing, I guess, making people feel vaguely uneasy about things and giving dire warnings of horrific consequences.
Oddly enough, the pages say, "Thank you for shopping!" as if renewing a domain name was like buying a new pair of shoes. Very odd.
By the way, I did NOT sign up for auto-renew, because "negative option" is never a good idea, and games like this .xyz gambit are a case in point. It is sad, but since web.com bought Network Solutions, well, they seem to have taken on the air of a carnival barker.
Service Expiration - Renew Now
|Dear Robert Platt Bell,|
In an effort to serve you better, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that the registration period for the service(s) listed below has expired:
Please Note: For nsWebAddress™ names only, unless you renew immediately upon receipt of this notification, the nsWebAddress™ name(s) listed above will be deleted from your account and we may, in accordance with our service agreement, attempt to renew and transfer the domain name(s) listed above to a third party on your behalf.
This notice has been sent to both the Primary Contact and Billing Contact assigned for these services. To re-instate your services, please go to http://
Some of the services you have with us may have other products/services, like emailboxes or other Website services, associated to them. If you do not renew these services immediately, all of those associated products/services will also be deleted.
If you forgot your password, go to: https://www.networksolutions.
Please disregard this notice if you have already made payment and accept our apologies for any inconvenience.
Network Solutions is committed to providing you with the solutions, services, and support to help you succeed online. We hope to continue serving you in the future.
Network Solutions® Customer Support
UPDATE: When I renewed my "dot com" registration, I get this pitch for "private domain status" which would mean my name and address would be not visible on the DNS search. Sounds like a good idea, but of course, they make you pay for this and moreover, my name and address and phone number are on my website. Kind of hard to get customers when they can't call you or write you a letter.
In fact, if you are doing business with someone, and you don't have their full name, address and phone number, ask yourself why.
Dear Valued Customer,|
When you registered, you did not select to keep your contact information private*. To help protect against identity theft, we strongly suggest that you protect your personal information with Private Domain Registration on all of your domains.