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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CentralNic acquires Hexonet reseller for $3.4 million

Company closes Hexonet transaction and buys one of its resellers. Domain name company CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) has completed its acquisition of Hexonet, and scooped up one of its resellers for another NZD $5.2 million (USD $3.4m). It’s noteworthy that the company paid €10 million to acquire Hexonet and then secured one of its big resellers for an additional $3.4 million. The reseller, Ideegeo Group Limited, sells domain names at IWantMyName.com. Ideegeo has 80,000 customers and…

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Epik provides update on 8chan

Epik will provide registrar services but not content delivery. CEO Monster says, “Their community grew and their moderation skills did not.” A screenshot of 8ch.net, the 8chan website, on August 3. As captured by Archive.org. Further down the page are deragotry threads about black people and Jewish people, among others. Domain name registrar Epik has issued an update on providing services to 8chan. 8chan came under fire after the shooting in El Paso this weekend.…

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Dynadot jumps into top 10

Dynadot jumps into 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. An anomaly this month is Dynadot, which jumped into the top ten for monthly .com registrations. This pushed NameSilo out of the top ten. I think this has to do with pricing; while NameSilo’s .com sale ended at the end of Q1, Dynadot…

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Epik CEO Rob Monster statement on 8chan

8ch.net moves to Epik. Here’s Rob Monster’s response. Rob Monster, CEO of Epik, releases statement on 8chan moving to his registrar. 8Chan, a website again in the spotlight after the shooting in El Paso this weekend, has switched registrars. It already got booted off of its DDoS provider CloudFlare. Now, perhaps to avoid any pressure from its domain registrar, it moved to Epik for registration services. Epik also offers DDoS. Epik has accepted domains that…

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Scott Wagner leaving GoDaddy for health reasons, new CEO from Expedia named

Wagner will be replaced by Expedia veteran Aman Bhutani. Aman Bhutani Scott Wagner is stepping down as CEO of GoDaddy for unspecified health reasons, the company announced today. Wagner has been involved with GoDaddy since KKR invested in the company in 2011. He served as interim CEO for a bit in 2012-2013 until Blake Irving was hired, and then held President/COO and CEO roles since then. He will be succeeded by Aman Bhutani, who has…

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Endurance reports earnings, domain customer growth

Green shoots at Endurance International Group? Endurance International Group (NASDAQ: EIGI) reported second-quarter earnings this morning. All major metrics for the business continue to decline as forecasted. Revenue was $278.2 million, down from $287.8 million in the same quarter last year and $280.7 million in Q1 2019. Adjusted EBITDA and the customer base also declined. On the positive side, the company continues to pay down its heavy debt load. Endurance is maintaining its full-year guidance…

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CentralNic completes Melbourne IT acquisition, should close Hexonet next week

Company integrated two domain businesses funded by bond sale. CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) has completed its acquisition of what was left of the former Melbourne IT’s reseller business. Called TPP Wholesale, the division includes a strong reseller base in the Australasia region. CentralNic paid AUD $24 million for the business. Tucows acquired the bulk of Melbourne IT’s reseller business in 2016. CentralNic says it plans to complete its acquisition of Hexonet, a reseller and retail registrar,…

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How to add more value to Whois lookup statistics

GoDaddy should change how it calculates Whois lookups. Now that GoDaddy has retired its old domain manager, some Website Hosting Review readers have asked how to download Whois counts for their domains. It turns out that this feature is temporarily unavailable in the new domain manager but should return shortly. This got me thinking: it would be great if GoDaddy improved its Whois counts during this upgrade process. If you aren’t familiar with Whois counts,…

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