The Parler social platform has been in the news quite a bit lately because many of President Donald Trump’s biggest supporters have either moved their social media presence to Parler or have added accounts there. Under pressure from various service providers, the Parler.com domain name recently transferred to Epik. It is unclear what other services, beyond domain registration, Epik is providing to Parler, if any.
I was curious about the history of the Parler.com domain name considering it was created before the Parler platform was launched in 2018. Whois records show that Parler.com was registered in May of 1998. This means that Parler.com was acquired by its current registrant in the aftermarket.
A quick search of NameBio provides more information about how much Parler.com was sold for in 2018: $4,814. Parler.com (just the domain name) was sold on February 6, 2018 at Sedo. According to the seller (Virtual Network SA), the actual price of Parler.com was 3888 EUR. Around that time, the domain name transferred from GoDaddy to DreamHost, where it was registered under privacy proxy. The domain name stayed at DreamHost until it recently transferred to Epik.
One interesting aspect of this is that Parler.com is almost certainly regularly spelled incorrectly as Parlor.com. Parlor is a more widely recognized word, so Parlor.com likely gets a fair amount of traffic from people intending to visit Parler.com. If you visit Parlor.com, you are greeted by an age verification landing page, and it would appear that Parlor.com is being used as an adult-related website.