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Cautionary Tale About Subdomains


Yesterday evening, I read Michele Neylon’s article about the current issue with websites that once resided on subdomains of According to Neylon’s post, there is an ongoing dispute involving Centralnic and the company operating the domain name, and as a result, all of the subdomains no longer resolve. Instead, they are forwarded to a message on the homepage:

“You may be here because you have been sold a domain or email service using the 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, seems to be registered to, and is registered to a person named Steve Dyer. According to, Centralnic was co-founded by Steve Dyer.

Hopefully this situation is resolved soon since there are a whole lot of sites operating on the domain name. However, it’s a cautionary tale about what can happen to websites that operate on subdomains.

About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has sold seven figures worth of domain names in the last five years. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest.

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Comments (7)

    Brad Mugford

    I feel bad for the people who lost their business here, but building a business on a subdomain is a really bad idea.

    There is also a similar risk dealing in ccTLD of unstable countries.


    August 1st, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Samit Madan

    Elliot, you have a typo in your title, it’s tale, not tail.

    And I agree with Brad, that’s the risk businesses take for not having a fully qualified domain name.

    I wonder where all the emails for domains are going??

    August 1st, 2011 at 6:59 am

      Elliot Silver

      @ Samit

      Thanks… As soon as I saw the first comment, I noticed my typo.

      August 1st, 2011 at 8:49 am

    with 'tale' between legs ... or not?!

    Or, perhaps the title was purposely written to include a clever ‘play on words’!?

    Clearly, as revealed by the article, the “moral of the tale” is to use extreme caution with respect to a certain class of domain “tail” (…in this particular case, the domain ‘tail’)!


    August 1st, 2011 at 8:50 am


    Ahhh … If only I was 1 minute quicker (ahead of your posted typo recognition comment) … you could have instead flaunted your literary prowess! hehe Next time!


    August 1st, 2011 at 9:06 am

    upset user

    Cant believe my website and email have been taken down. Centralnic have let me down very badly and how could they sell me a subdomain when they don’t control the I will never use them again and I am going to speak to my lawyer about this

    August 1st, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Graham Schreiber

    CentralNic domains face demise under United States Law – 15 USC § 1125 – False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden.

    If your using a CentralNic false ccTLD, you might want to consider abandoning it, or be subject to Prosecution under US Law In Rem or In Personam yourself.

    Regards, Graham.

    July 23rd, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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