.Com Winners & Losers: A strong month for NameSilo

NameSilo has strong month. Here’s how other registrars fared. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers June 2019. NameSilo surged this month, landing at #5 on the monthly list. It’s also nipping at the heels of GMO for #10 on the total .com DUMs chart. This month I began including Ascio and EPAG in Tucows’ numbers. Previously, I only included Tucows and Enom.…

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How to give your developer access to just one domain at GoDaddy

Here’s a tutorial on granting limited access to a developer to manage a single domain at GoDaddy. Letting your web developer register a domain on your behalf or have full access to your registrar account is a bad idea. Unfortunately, not all domain registrars offer an easy way to grant access to a developer to make changes to one domain name. GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, offers a way but it’s not very…

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Beware this PayPal invoice for GoDaddy domains

Scammer is sending PayPal invoices for domain renewals. Fake domain name renewal emails are nothing new, but some aspects of one making the rounds are. A Website Hosting Review reader received a fake renewal notice today. Instead of being sent from the scammer, the person sent it as a PayPal invoice. Here’s what it looks like: A message on the invoice states: The paid registration period of the domain [domain] expired. It is necessary to…

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Upgrading GoDaddy two-factor authentication to a physical key

It’s a lot faster to log in with a physical key. A physical security key, like this one from Yubi, is more secure and also faster to use. At NamesCon in January, GoDaddy promoted the ability to use physical security keys that use the FIDO U2F standard for two-factor authentication. I already use a key for Google, so this was interesting to me. Not only is this more secure, but it’s much faster to use…

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.Com winners and Losers: Dynadot stays hot

Dynadot remains in the top ten registrars for new .com registrations. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers April 2019. Dynadot jumped into the top ten last month and it managed to stay there again this month. Dynadot has stopped its $6.99 promotional price on .com, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the Verisign/ICANN reports catch up to September.…

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GoDaddy launches updated Investor iOS app

Update app is a complete rebuild that will lead to new features in the future. GoDaddy has launched an updated GoDaddy Investor iOS app for bidding on domain name auctions. A new Android app should be released in the coming weeks. The updated app has a new look. It also lets you sort your lists by end time, price, alpha and auction type. While the features aren’t a big upgrade from the last version, a…

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How to improve GoDaddy appraisals

There was some debate on twitter this weekend about GoDaddy domain appraisals. This debate will never end but I have some suggestions for GoDaddy to improve its tool. 1. Change the language for domains greater than $25,000 Automated appraisals break down when domains are very valuable. GoDaddy displays the message “more than $25,000” for domains that are worth more than $25,000. People seem to focus on the $25,000 number anyway and complain about the value…

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GoDaddy gets patent for ‘Portfolio-based domain name recommendations’

Patent suggests ways a registrar can decide which domains to display to customers. Part of a diagram from GoDaddy’s latest patent related to domain name suggestions. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent #10,387,959 to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) today. The patent (pdf) for “Portfolio-based domain name recommendations” provides ways a domain name registrar can select which domain name suggestions to make to a customer. There are many examples covered in the patent. One…

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Turmoil in the SSL market

A big revenue generator is quickly declining. Google’s campaign in recent years to push websites to use an SSL certificate has been a boon to everyone in the SSL marketplace, including certificate issuers and hosting companies. But what Google giveth, Google can taketh away. And this is wreaking havoc on the business of selling SSL certificates. Google is continually downgrading positive indicators of SSL certificates in Google Chrome. Other browser makers are, too. Of course,…

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Tucows releases earnings, quantifies lift from GoDaddy Auctions

Margin contribution from domains up due to price increases and Ascio; Tucows also explains lift from moving Enom expiry stream. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released second quarter earnings (pdf) yesterday after the close of the market. The company has three business lines: domain names, mobile service and internet service. For the domains segment, Q2 revenue was $60.5 million, up from $56.8 million in the same quarter last year. The domain business can be further broken down…

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