Wednesday, January 4, 2012
We have not yet increased the pricing within our system thereby giving you adequate time to renew your Domains. The price rate hike is expected to be 50 cents per domain per year.
The new COM/NET Registration, Renewal and Transfer-In rates will be made live on January 14th, 2011.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
I believe that the mass mailings functionality in the domain control panels are a useful means to disseminate information that is relevant to you, our customers, like for example to let you know that we switched phones, that there is a price increase coming or that somebody is sending out scam renewal letters through snail mail. Sending out this kind of third party invite was and is completely unacceptable.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
We are down to the final stretch before Verisign raises their wholesale price, which means everyone is going to have to raise their domain prices. During this last month we have managed to secure a special deal for renewals only, for .com and .net domains. These renewals are priced so the cost drops with the number of years renewed: for example renewing a .com domain for a year is $9.89, renewing it for 10 years is $9.59 per year. The full price list can be found here.
As always, we insist on displaying a simple fee for the domains, instead of hiding certain fees like GoDaddy advertises their .com price as $10.69 but it is actually $10.87. The only reason they do this is so whenever you do a price comparison they rank higher. We charge you $9.89, that’s the flat price, you are not charged one penny more.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The biggest (legal, privately owned) money printing operation in the world just raised their prices again, effective July 1st.
A domain name is nothing more than a small database record, just a few kb of space. For the privilege of controlling one of such little bits of text, Verisign owns, as a monopoly, the rights to ALL .com and .net domains in the world. They allow resellers to provide this service too, at a wholesale price that is 99.99% profit to Verisign.
Basically, they don’t do a fucking thing, yet they get to rake it in.
Smart wholesalers know this is a volume game: the winners are going to be the ones that manage to get the most registrations done, which means selling super cheap. This is why GoDaddy displays a sale price that is UNDER what it costs them to register the domain, because those few cents of difference is what makes sure that they are always listed on the top 5 for raw price.
With this new price raise from Verisign, they will keep advertising the same price, yet charge a little more for the Verisign/ICANN whatever fee. We won’t do that, we have always strived to advertise a flat price to the customer, the fee is our problem, not yours.
I don’t have final word from my wholesalers as to our new wholesale price, but they have preempted this mess by giving us a very generous discount on first year registrations.
New domains are going to be $7.14 for the first year, between March 8 and March 31 2010. This is $2.75 cheaper than our regular price of $9.89 per domain. Please keep in mind that this discounted price is only for the first year for new domains. There is no limit on how many domains are purchased.
Friday, January 22, 2010
We have had WHOIS privacy as an opt-in service since it became available. Why? Because it is an effective speed bump against automated harvesting of personal information for spamming purposes. This speed bump is also very effective against the assholes that harvest our WHOIS information from our customers, then send them domain renewal letters to try to con them into switching over to a new domain that charges a hell of a lot more than we do, and without any value added.
If you are a spammer trying to hide behind WHOIS privacy, you are wasting your time because the second that we get a spam complaint, the registrar will immediately suspend the domain.