Yesterday evening, I read Michele Neylon’s article about the current issue with websites that once resided on subdomains of GB.com. According to Neylon’s post, there is an ongoing dispute involving Centralnic and the company operating the GB.com domain name, and as a result, all of the GB.com subdomains no longer resolve. Instead, they are forwarded to a message on the GB.com homepage:
“You may be here because you have been sold a domain or email service using the gb.com domain that has ceased to work.
You can restore that service swiftly by registering with GB.COM Ltd.
GB.COM Ltd will not provide a service that you have paid others for, unless they have an arrangement with GB.COM Ltd.
If you have already paid for future service and it has ceased then you should contact your supplier.
If you have any queries please send us an email and we will endeavour to answer your questions.
You can sign up here or if you have an account you can login here. “
Not only does this mean that the website operators no longer have operational websites where they once existed, but it also means that emails that utilize the subdomain probably won’t work either. Clearly this could be crippling for a business that operated on one of these subdomains.
Centralnic has put out a statement about the current situation, and that can also be read on Neylon’s post.
From an outsider’s perspective, this issue appears to be some sort of internal dispute. At the present time, GB.com seems to be registered to firstname.lastname@example.org, and enovi.com is registered to a person named Steve Dyer. According to ICANNWiki.com, Centralnic was co-founded by Steve Dyer.
Hopefully this situation is resolved soon since there are a whole lot of sites operating on the GB.com domain name. However, it’s a cautionary tale about what can happen to websites that operate on subdomains.