What if I Leave WA and Come Back Later?

Last Update: May 22, 2019

I've seen this question pop up from time to time and the answer is this:

WA has no obligation to "park" websites for former members. No other hosting company that I know of would provide such a service either. The standard practice in the hosting industry is to delete all files as soon as the money runs out.

The WA "official" policy is that the website would be available for 30 days after a member leaves to give them time to back it up and save it on their computer or move it to another hosting company.

Training: Full Backup With a Plugin

But please bear in mind that once your membership has expired you will no longer be a premium member and only premium members can install plugins.

Do your backups before your membership expires!


The reality is that many former members return months or even longer after they cancel their account and many of them have been fortunate enough to find that Site Support has kept a backup copy of their website. YAY! for Site Support.

Click here if you need to cancel your account

As I said, there is no obligation and no guarantee that a website will be accessible after it's been abandoned. If it's still here when a former member returns it should be considered a huge bonus.

Please bookmark this because the question is going to be asked again and again.

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Kyle Premium Featured Comment
Yeah, you can actually get your sites restored for up to 6 months, they will be disabled of course though after the 30 days.

The thing is that 99.99% of web hosts will disable your websites immediately upon cancelling your service with them and most will keep back-ups of your websites for less than 14 days.

We are different because we absolutely CARE about people and their businesses. The hosting industry, like the make money industry, operates in a way that we feel at times doesn't give the long end of the stick to the customer (and can be unethical to say the least).

We lead with our ethics and how we would want to be treated if we were a customer of any service, that is what you are going to get at Wealthy Affiliate and that is what you are going to get when using the SiteRubix/hosting platform here at WA.
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MarionBlack Premium
Thank you so much for the clarification Kyle. I really appreciate your input here.
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scubajoe Premium
I can't speak highly enough of the efforts you make to create an environment that gives so many people the opportunity to succeed in this field.
Unfortunately I had to relinquish my premium membership for a few months recently for personal reasons but am back now.
I thought my site was gone and would have to start over but i asked a question to the community. I had several rapid responses that gave me hope and a course of action to take.
I filed a ticket with support and was speechless when I had a response within 10 minutes or so. They had reinstated my site and all its content as it was when I left WA a number of months ago.
This, to be honest, I did not expect.
I am truly grateful to yourself Kyle and to Carson for creating this wonderful anomaly in online training.
To your everlasting success and the beginning of mine online.

Steve/scubajoe
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Dpiper Premium
Kyle I wrote you a question on this? Got no reply and I so realize you're extremely busy and I do understand that. I took my credit card information out because it was going to go over the max of my limit. But somehow even though it says you don't keep it on file it got taken out anyways. I really didn't want to leave but due to my health and my financial situation I was going to take a month off. Now I understand that you can't just stop now and then here and there it's not good for your business and the other is not fair to you guys either. Therefore I did add my card back because it got already taken out anyway so I'm here for another month and hoping I can get back on my feet in this time. I do appreciate everything you have done for me. Thanks again Kyle
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Dpiper Premium
Marion thanks for asking Kyle these questions?
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Avecita Premium
Yep! WA is literally the best, most ethical top business training and community out there! Thankfully I've kept up a monthly premium when I've left in the past, never wanting to leave or stop the development of my site, but you know, circumstances sometimes..
I'm super pleased to know that should I have such great difficulties that it could be available for up to 6 months though. Way to go WA! Hurray for Kyle and Carson!
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NannaGoosey Premium
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July 24, 2017

Hi, Kyle.

Is this true for free (.siterubix. com) sub-domains, too, or only sites we own?


Sharon
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mdanielson19 Premium
Kyle, as of right now, I'm not able to pay the membership for the premium membership. Is there a level at which I can keep my website domain without paying for the full premium membership? The membership is very affordable for the course, however, $50 a month to keep my website is more than I'm able to do. Is there a light version of this that I could use until I'm able to pick the course back up?
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MarionBlack Premium
Sorry, Michael, if you can't afford the premium membership then you'll have to cancel
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AnnieB Premium
Even I didn't know that sites could be restored up to 6 months. This is really good. Thank you.
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Dpiper Premium
if you can hang in there especially if you're planning on coming back, I would definitely try to do that. Although you can bring your sights back it is a hassle. However maybe I was doing something wrong too just thought I'd let you know.
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I think that your info may be a bit distorted Kyle. I just had a notice of deletion for a site I gave up in August. Before today, I could've restored it simply by submitting payment. A friend of mine has also just had his site restored after a break of 2 months while he was on holiday. It seems that most hosting companies will do this and is not exclusive to WA
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hanley Premium
Thanks, Marion
This is a good question and one supported by an answer from Kyle. I sure no one else goes this far.
For those who are really financially strapped for whatever reason perhaps they could take a cheap ,<$10 hosting and move the domain and website out thus continuing on. Not the same but not dead.

Just saying

peter H
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MarionBlack Premium
Yes, Peter. I've actually got a very long article on my website about how to do exactly that.
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hanley Premium
Silly me, of course, you have, lol Hope I don't need it.

Peter h
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JKulk1 Premium
Thanks Marion. Not that I intend to leave WA. But you never know when something might come up and you have to leave for a while. This is also why it's important for people to read your blog on being able to access wordpress from your own Pc and not through WA. Or at least having the option to do so. Jim
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MarionBlack Premium
I do like to be independent, Jim.
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gregarn1 Premium
Marion,
Where is your blog on that subject? I'd like to read it...
being able to access wordpress from your own PC and not through WA.
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gregarn1 Premium
Thx Marion,

I appreciate that...
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kehaiz1 Premium
Just some quick one.
Relating to the issues of canceling of account, what do these really mean:
What does "to disable an account" mean?
Kyle said, you can get your sites restored for up to 6 months.
To restore sites means what? Including purchased domains and subdomains?
I don't intend to cancel. I am staying at all cost for the good of the platform and the potential it offers.
Thanks,
Kwamina
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MarionBlack Premium
After 30 days the website(s) will be deleted from the servers. Neither you nor your website visitors will be able to access it after it has been deleted.

When a website is "restored" it's made live again exactly the same as it was when it was deleted from the servers.

Your domain names are entirely separate from the hosting. You can continue to have your domain names registered at Wealthy Affiliate even if you have the websites hosted elsewhere.
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LouisaB Premium
Thanks Kyle and Marion for this excellent clarification regarding
Our accounts here at WA. I really appreciate the community input as well.
I know my account will not be renewed next month due to financial
Situations. Due to circumstances.

I would like to know if we will get notification from WA before account actions are taking?

Should I cancel now are wait until August?

Louisa B
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MarionBlack Premium
You need to cancel your account now to prevent automatic billing. You're account will still be active until the next payment is due.
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Lukcrative Premium
Okay, because I have no job right now and no consistent source of income, I will have to delete my account. However, because I want to return to WA at some point, I don't want to have the website that I created and the domain that goes with it deleted forever. How do I make sure that my website stays in existence after I delete my WA premium membership?
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MarionBlack Premium
Create a backup and save the files on your computer. If, when you return, WA no longer has a backup they can restore your website using your own backup file.
The link for backup training is in the text above.

You could also move your website to another hosting company.
marionblackonline.com/move
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Brandview Premium
Hi Marion,
just browsing your site/s...
Reading the remarks below, I do recall, somewhere I think Kyle said that unless you resign, your membership does not expire...
WA will not host your personal domains but your .siterubix.com ones they will... as a non-premium member, that is. I do stand to be corrected here.

Of course the more I read in various posts in WA, the more I am convinced that I have landed on gold here.

I see that you offer to help strugglers... I have been up and down and am struggling to get moving...

I had chosen a niche "French Bulldogs"... Don't know why I chose it originally... put quite a lot of work into it before I joined WA(as a premium member)...

Now I would appreciate it if you could advise me on how to SEO my site...
www.afrenchbulldog.com

Thanks
John
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MarionBlack Premium
SEO is covered in the core training here John.

Only starter members can keep their Site Rubix subdomains for an indefinite period. But even starter members may have their sites removed eventually.
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NykG1 Premium
Bookmarking this just in case this question is asked down the line. I've personally have come back time and again when siterubix became a thing and 9 times out of 10 my site was still there. Though out of respect i just delete the site (and to the fact that i can't make any use of it right then and there).
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Snoetjies Premium
Sjoe Marion!!! You gave me a terrible fright, thought you gonna leave - PLEASE DON'T......:)
I think, it is a stupid move to leave, rather put everything on ice, just keep the emails alive, save all the education info and webinars for future use in your home library, for that day you can pick-up where you left it and just carry on, no problems with websites to move and all that funny stuff things to do. Pay your membership regular and carry on.
Thanks Kyle for your info also.
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emerald860 Premium
Having your site restored for up to 6 months has Kyle has said is another amazing feature here. I didn't even know about that! Hosting companies are in business to make money so yeah, it's pretty cut and dry.

I'm relieved that you wrote about other people asking this question, Marion! For a minute I thought you were leaving! Phew! Alanna
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MarionBlack Premium
Nah, you're stuck with me for a long while yet :)
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thezoulster Premium
Thanks Marion, good to know. I have often wanted to know if my current websites would still be saved even after I canceled my account for the time being and then having the option to come back without jeopardising anything. Is that actually possible?
I have worked hard to get them the way they are. It would be a shame to have to delete them after all the hard work I put into them.
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MarionBlack Premium
You don't have to abandon your sites or delete them. You can just back them up and save them on your computer. Use WP Clone and a database backup and FTP.
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codevonish Premium
Thanks a million; This question is asked so many times even years after the answer is published; that's why I asked the question if there is some organized way to document information relevant to the WA platform; I know there is the search for help window but sometimes members are not aware or are too much in a hurry; I hesitate to use the word L word.
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Barryw1 Premium
Sometimes it amazes me what some people expect from WA.

Things like I thought this was free now I have to pay? Why do I have to pay for a domain?

Why won't my website be here in 5 years when I come back?

Why do I have to pay for a premium, like Thrive site?

After they complain about all that people ask when will I make money?

WA is a business like the ones we all are building. We all expect to make money in the process.

Well so do the people behind WA. They also have a staff of people that work for WA that expect to be paid.

For the money WA is the best training program on the internet but you have to keep in mind that WA is a business.

Good luck to all. Nice Marion.
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MozMary Premium
What's not clear is that when a person leaves they need to have their website password and know how to log in from outside WA, some people I know have actually lost their websites because they had been used to logging in on the siterubix platform and you can't contact site support when you leave.
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MarionBlack Premium
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Andrea881 Premium
That is great! But what if WA would offer the opportunity to park your website? Another platform that I'm with offers that. It is a small subscription but it could be another way for WA to earn revenue. I'm not planning to use it. It's just an idea for those who might be interested in this.
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MarionBlack Premium
Do they park the whole website including all files or just the domain name?
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Andrea881 Premium
They park everything. It's $9.95/mo to do that. Monthly regular subscription is $150 but you have the option to park your account for a few months if let's say you take a break for whatever reason. That will keep your affiliate links active and your own website active..:. I'm not sure if there is a time frame for how long you can park
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VeronicasLuv Premium
I know many members may be struggling financially to pay the monthly membership. I'm one of those, but I'm determined to put in the work so that I can pay the yearly membership in that have to worry about monthly fees. The fact that I'm struggling to pay $47 a month means I am exactly where I need to be!
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