Today I’ve got TWO exciting things to be thankful for this week of Thanksgiving… first, my new website design is ready… and second… after three years of wrangling, I finally secured the domain I originally wanted – www.jessicahaley.com – and I’m ready to celebrate!
When I launched my business in 2011, I could tell that jessicahaley.com would soon be expiring… it was clear that a realty firm of some kind used the domain for one of it’s former employees somewhere in the midwest and it was obvious they would not be renewing their account. So on the advice of a hosting company technician, I filed my request for the site during the post-expiration holding period, fully expecting the site to be delivered into my hosting account any day. I was shocked to learn that a Chinese web host won the domain when it finally became available. I didn’t know that I should have increased my chances of winning it by submitting my request with several hosting providers versus a single company… let’s just say, I was pissed! This company clearly didn’t need the domain for any legitimate business and merely parked the site in an attempt to accumulate large amounts of web addresses under their umbrella.
I debated changing the spelling of ‘Haley’ in order to have a clean, simple web address but I just didn’t want to do that. So I added “photography” to the end of website and have been using that ever since. But I haven’t stopped monitoring the other address and have made multiple certified offers to purchase it over the past three years. Finally, yesterday, the email I’ve been waiting for arrived in my inbox – I won the offer!! And the address I’ve always wanted is finally mine!
In a “stars-aligning” kind of way, I have spent the last month or so giving my site design a fresh new look and intended to launch my updated look yesterday. A few hiccups pushed the launch back until today which left me enough time for the Showit wizards to update my site to the new domain after yesterday’s news!
Browse over to the new www.jessicahaley.com to see the new site! In honor of the new site launch, we’ve got an exciting booking special to be announced later today – leave a comment below to add your name to the newsletter list so you don’t miss out!