After you’ve registered a domain through Domain of One's Own you are required to verify it with ICANN within 14 days or it will be suspended.
If your account gets suspended, all the sites and content you’ve created still exist, but they are not available publicly online until you complete the verification process.
"How can I avoid this terrible fate?"
Click the link in the IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION e-mail.
Ideally, the verification email should show up in your UMW email inbox shortly after you complete your domain registration, but it could take up to 30 minutes. If the message is not in your inbox, then open your Junk Email folder.
The verification email message will be clearly marked with a subject line similar to “IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION required.”
Click on the link in the message to verify your email. A web page will appear notifying you that your email has been verified.
If for any reason the e-mail does not appear in your inbox after 30 minutes please feel free to contact us via the UMW Domains support form.
"Why do I need to do this?"
Don't blame us! Starting on January 1, 2014, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) mandated that all new domains must be verified within 14 days of registration by the owner. Our Domain Registrar (a company called eNom) enforces this policy as part of registering your domain with them.