Domain Registrars

Namecheap Ups the Ante for 2015 Move Your Domain Day

Since 2011, Namecheap has held its annual Move Your Domain Day, which has raised nearly $250,000 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). This year’s Move Your Domain Day will be held on January 27, 2015, and Namecheap has a special offer to increase the amount of money raised for the EFF.

There are three fundraising tiers based on the number of domain names transferred to Namecheap and hosting plans purchased. The company’s donation to the EFF will vary depending on the tier that is hit. The full details are below, but this has the potential to raise much more money for the EFF than in years past.

In addition to the fundraising aspect of this event, Namecheap will be hosting a Reddit AMA to answer questions people may have about the company. The AMA will begin at 11am (EST) on January 27th, and it will be hosted by Richard Kirkendall, founder and CEO, with the username NamecheapCEO.

Here are the fleshed out details that were provided to me for Move Your Domain Day 2015:

Namecheap: Runtime Error (Updated)

For the last week or so, popular domain registrar Namecheap has been promoting its special offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday via its blog and social media channels. A few hours ago on Twitter, the company cited heavy demand for its increase in the number of special offers:

I went to check out some of the company’s domain name offers, and I saw a

Uniregistry Now Accepting Topcoin

According to a tweet from Uniregistry founder Frank Schilling, Uniregistry is now accepting Topcoin to pay for domain registrations across all extensions. By the end of the day today, Topcoin can also be used for inbound domain transfers and renewals across all extensions. I was told company will soon accept the cryptocurrency to pay for premium domain names offered by the registry, such as registry reserved .Link, .Help, .Property and other domain names.

I was told “Uniregistry customers receive 50% of their purchase in topcoin at no additional charge when they buy, transfer or renew a domain name. They can redeem 20-35% of registration, transfer or renewal purchases in Topcoin. Early in the new year you will be able to redeem up to 100% of premium domain name purchases in Topcoin.

Topcoin (TPC) is a cryptocurrency that

My Thoughts on Rightside Q3 Earnings Report

Rightside reported its Q3 earnings after the market closed yesterday, and judging by the after hours trading, investors were happy with the company’s third quarter performance. As of right now, Rightside stock (ticker: NAME) is trading at $12.53/share, which is up 33.16% from where it closed yesterday. There isn’t much trading volume in after hours trading, so we will get a better indication when the market opens this morning. This is an interesting  contrast to what happened to Web.com stock after its earnings were released.

You can read the full report on the SEC website, but I want to share three things I found interesting in the report along with why I found the information interesting:

Choosing a Domain Registrar

Choosing a domain name registrar is an important decision every domain owner needs to make. I’ve been asked many times about domain registrars, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some of my thoughts on what goes into choosing a registrar. I presume most domain investors weigh things differently than small business owners and non-commercial registrants.

Obviously, some of the things I consider are more important for my business and may not be as important to others. Some people may prefer to pay more and receive more services and support, and others would rather have less support but better pricing.

You are invited to share other considerations that I may have overlooked:

Domain Registrar Account Phishing: Who is at Responsible?

I would imagine that just about every domain name owner has received an email that purports to be a domain registrar. Typically, these phishing emails request that the recipient click a link within the email and then provide private account information, which would give the sender access to the domain owner’s registrar account. Some of these emails look pretty close to actual registrar emails, and they can be confusing.

I’ve shared some probably examples of phishing emails I received or were submitted to me. For instance, here is an example of a likely GoDaddy phishing email and here is an example of a likely Register.com phishing email. I also discussed why domain registrar phishing emails are bad for everyone who buys and sells domain names. Put simply, domain phishing is harmful to the business of domain investing.

The question I have today is who is

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