How Can My Domain Name Get Sniped?
HostGator cannot guarantee protection from domain name sniping; no one can.
Domain registration should be paid for when the domain is ordered to protect your investment. Payment must have time to process. It might be a good strategy to buy the desired domain name before purchasing hosting for that domain.
There are plenty of ways that a domain can be obtained through sniping. Some of the most common methods are listed below.
- It is possible someone else registered the domain name before you did, and the domain still showed as available when checking the availability.
- It often happens that someone orders a domain registration but does not render payment immediately. In that case, anyone else can register the domain name and get it before you do.
- It is also possible after searching for available domain names at another website that registers domains. Some of these registrars are not ethical and have been known to steal domain ideas and then auction the domain back for a much higher price.
How to Prevent Domain Sniping
Fortunately, ICANN does attempt to discourage this practice by limiting the number of domain name refunds allowed by a registrar. If the domain cannot be refunded, then the corrupt registrar is less likely to risk their money.
We strongly recommend using hostgator.com/domains to search for available domain names to avoid domain sniping.