This afternoon, Donuts announced that there would be a price drop on 1 million domain names it considers premium. The reduced price domain names are available at Name.com, a consumer-friendly domain registrar owned and operated by Donuts. The news was announced via Twitter:
Domain name security is one of the most important factors I consider when it comes to domain name registrars. It should go without saying, but all domain registrants should enable 2 factor authentication on their accounts if their registrar offers it. Some registrars offer enhanced security products, and I think they are worth looking into.
Name.com sent out an email to customers this morning announcing a new security service called Domain Lock Plus, which is a part of their newly introduced Advanced Security product. The email referenced a blog post that introduced the Domain Lock Plus service and explained what the offering includes. Here’s an excerpt from this morning’s blog post:
“What does Domain Lock Plus do?
Domain Lock Plus prohibits the following operations when enabled:
I detected a domain portfolio acquisition by GoDaddy’s NameFind, and the news was confirmed to me by the company yesterday afternoon. GoDaddy acquired an unknown number of domain names from the Name.com / Rightside domain name portfolio, which I believe was sold by Donuts. Up until earlier this year, Name.com was owned by Rightside, a company that was recently acquired by Donuts. GoDaddy also informed me that the Name.com expiry stream will now go to auction via GoDaddy Auctions.
Nick Fuller, who is Director of Public Relations at GoDaddy, sent me the following statement from VP and GM of the Aftermarket at GoDaddy, Paul Nicks:
“We can confirm that GoDaddy has acquired domain names from Name.com. These names will help anyone looking to make a statement online. The domain names are a mixture of .com domain names as well as new tlds and will be added to the NameFind portfolio. We have also worked out an agreement with Name.com to add their domain names to our expiry auctions.”
The big domain name industry news this morning is that Donuts is acquiring Rightside. According to StreetInsider.com, the deal is for $10.60 per share of NAME stock, which is approximately $213 million. This is an all-cash deal.
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A press release with information about the deal can be found on Yahoo Finance.
I am sure there will be quite a bit of analysis from domain industry sources as well as stock/finance sources, but one of the more intriguing things is that Donuts will own Name.com once the deal closes. Since the company was founded,
Ganjapreneur, a website targeting professionals in the cannabis and marijuana trade, announced a new domain name sales marketplace. As you would expect, the focus is on domain names related to the business of cannabis and marijuana. With the legal status of marijuana and cannabis usage changing in many states over the last few years, this industry is growing considerably.
The company announced the launch of the marketplace in a blog post yesterday, and Andrew Rosener, CEO of Ganjapreneur, shared some additional information about the domain name sales marketplace:
“I’m really excited to announce a new marketplace for cannabis domain names and any domain name that may be a good brand fit for an upcoming cannabis startup or product. After all, many of the best brands don’t inherently imply cannabis at all. The marketplace is highly curated (pun intended) and our objective is to eliminate all the noise (filter out low quality domains). To do so, we charge $99 per domain listing and manually review each and every domain submitted. We also offer a substantial discount for listings of 10 domains or more. This ensures that sellers have some skin in the game and are serious about selling their domains. In return we will bring the best buyers available to your listings. We are also price / value checking every domain. We will not allow names which we don’t think are priced accurately or within reason. To be sure, our target market is end users: cannabis processors, growers, dispensary owners, manufacturers, real estate operators, investors & dreamers. Although, there certainly are great value opportunities as well for savvy domain investors in the know.
We feel strongly that the “pay to play” model of marketplace is justified and appropriate in this case. Between our organic web traffic, podcast, newsletter, video content and our Social Media presence, Ganjapreneur.com and our other media channels reach nearly 5 million people monthly! According to a recent survey we conducted, our subscriber base is 70% cannabis business owners or people who are planning to launch a cannabis business. What that means is, even if we can’t guarantee that your domain name will sell, we can guarantee that it will be seen by the most relevant audience of potential buyers in the World!”
Warning: If you don’t want to get sucked into a really addictive Pacman-like computer video game, do not play Bearglecorn III.
In celebration of the launch of the .Games domain name extension, Name.com created a fun video game called Bearglecorn III. If you were wondering where they got the name from, Bearglecorn is Name.com’s mascot who is part bear, part-eagle, and part-unicorn (that must have been some party).