PlanetSKI is Back!
3rd January 2021
Last modified on January 11th, 2021
Regular readers will have noticed the web site was down over the weekend. Why? We are pleased to say things are getting back to normal service.
The web site was offline because the UK has left the rules of the EU and domain names with .eu were switched off for UK companies with immediate effect.
You need to be based in the European Union to have a .eu domain name.
We are now PlanetSKI.uk and we followed all the correct procedures ahead of 11PM on 31st December 2020 as advised by the government for the “switch over”.
Maybe “switch off” is a better description of what happened.
Many .eu domains simply vanished.
We are pleased to say we are still around due to the secondary precautions we took, purchasing PlanetSKI.uk some time ago and we were well aware of the changes coming with a plan in place.
We suspect many others were not.
If you type in www.PlanetSKI.uk you can view the live web site with all the regular news, updates and articles you like to read and share.
Overall, we’re more than a bit sad as we rather liked .eu and it has been part of our identity since we launched back in 2008.
Certainly not for any political reason, but rather because we are Europeans and we like skiers and snowboarders all over Europe to have easy access to our free-to-read content if they so wish.
And this remains our editor’s favourite t-shirt, though he would of course not have worn it if he had been in a BBC TV studio rather than one for BBC Radio Four:
We have a few teething problems to sort on the web site and social media channels this week, and it hasn’t been the most of relaxing of weekends for us but we are back – up and running.
We received 100s of messages on social media and other channels asking where the web site had gone.
It was great to see how many missed us immediately.
If we’d taken the time to answer them, then that would have affected the time we had to try to sort the problem so sorry for the non-answer if you were one of the many people advising us of the situation.
Our priority was to spend our time sorting out the problem.
Our email addresses have also been affected.
If you wish to contact us then [email protected] will be working shortly.
Please no spam as you will be wasting your time more than ours as it all goes straight into the junk folder.
Meantime, we’d like to thank you for being one of 500,000 people per month now looking at PlanetSKI.
On our first day on November 20th 2008 when we launched, we had 58 readers – most of them our friends and family.
Now we average 20,000 per day (Source: Google Analytics, December 2020).
It seems the moment to offer a BIG, BIG thanks from the bottom of our ski boots for the journey we have been on, with so many climbing aboard along the way as we try to do news and information from the mountains about skiing and snowboarding our way.
We get the occasional complaints on Facebook about our coverage and we are happy to keep them up as long as they are factually correct – if not they are deleted.
We are here to report things as we see them without fear or favour.
Happy New Year!