This Is What The Internet Was Missing: A Nigerian Registrar

Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced the accreditation of Nigeria’s registrar, Upperlink, which makes the company the first Nigerian and the eighth accredited registrar in Africa.

I am not so sure this is what the internet and domain names was missing.

I am sorry to sound so negative but I wrote a post last month about how corrupted the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) that is the .ng ccTLD registry is. Upperlink is the leading .ng registrar.

Upperlink signed the 2013 RAA and can offer the following TLDs according to ICANN: .aero .asia .biz .cat .com .coop .info .jobs .mobi .museum .name .net .org .pro .tel .travel .xxx.

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Go Daddy Customer Complains About 2 Domains That Were Removed From His Account

A Go Daddy customer is complaining that he registered 2 .xyz domains in June and Go Daddy removed the 2 domains from his account in July and registered the domains under some other name.

I am not sure what happened because the 2 domains he mentions have different registration dates and one of the domains is not registered with Go Daddy. registered on July 2 2014 at registered on July 17 2014 at Go Daddy

I checked and I can’t find a whois record earlier than the dates above.

The review is titled:
“GoDaddy’s flawed Trademark filter can cause you to lose your domains.”

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Moniker Update: Support Replies, Bulk Auth Codes, Privacy Email Fail, Privacy Price

This is time for another Moniker update. The past 2 months have been crazy. I have made 8 posts, including this one, describing what have been a Moniker system disaster.

Before a couple of days I received some cryptic emails from Moniker:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of 8.45 $ by TRANSACTION [Receipt of payment cash; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account.].

and then:

we hereby acknowledge receipt of your payment in the amount of -8.45 $ by Balancing of negative account debit; Transferring balance from duplicate account to active account..

These 2 payments cancel out and they don’t appear in my invoice or transaction history so I am not sure if I need to worry or not. I have no idea what the “duplicate account” refers to…

Problems with Moniker are not really improving fast but I did receive a response to my support ticket for the emails above during the weekend:

When the system was migrated, another account was created for you by accident. The system closed the other account and transferred the funds to your active account ****. We do apologize for this error and hope you understand what happened.

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“Domain Registry of America” Registrar Suspended By ICANN For 90 Days

The registrar BRANDON GRAY INTERNET SERVICES INC. (dba that has been behind the ”Domain Registry of America”  (DRoA) or “Domain Renewal Group” scam was suspended by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) on the 19th of July 2014.

Brandon Gray’s ability to create new Registered Names or initiate inbound transfers of Registered Names is suspended for 90 days pursuant to Section 5.7 of the RAA. The suspension is effective 19 July 2014 at 00:00 UTC and will conclude on 17 October 2014 at 00:00 UTC, or longer if Brandon Gray has not demonstrated compliance on or before 10 October 2014.

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I Have Been Refunded $3,000 From Go Daddy And I Have Yet To Find Someone Else With The Same Problem

In the past 4 months I have been refunded $3,000 from Go Daddy from failed New gTLD EAP pre-orders. I was refunded $2,850 back in March and $150 just a couple of days ago. The EAP fee is the Early Access Program that is only offered for Donuts New gTLDs. EAP prices start at about $12,500 and are lowered within the course of the week until they reach the regular registration cost after the 7 day period.

In these 4 months I have found 20 New gTLD EAP pre-orders that had a problem. (20 x $150 = $3,000) The problem is that Go Daddy was not refunding the EAP day 5 fee, and maybe earlier day fees as well, that is $150 or more. They were only making a partial refund for the registration/renewal fee only. I think that somehow someone thought that the fee was “not refundable” as I have this written on a few pre-order receipts. But of course the EAP fee is refundable.

It has been all these months and I have made 3 posts about this problem and I have yet to find someone else with the same problem. I can only think of 4 explanations: Continue reading

The Go Daddy Refunds For New gTLD EAP Domain Pre-Orders Are Still Having Trouble

I was doing some quarterly taxes and I found by accident that Go Daddy owes me some money once again. $150 this time. Do you remember how I found out that Go Daddy was owning me $2,850 back in March because they were not making refunds of New gTLD pre-registrations properly?

See what happened back in March in my posts “Go Daddy is inclined to miss EAP pre-registrations: They keep the EAP fee and pay nothing to Donuts” and “Go Daddy Refunds EAP Pre-Registration Fees to Affected Customers“.

I was told by Go Daddy that the problem would be fixed soon and it was actually fixed in most cases. I had several EAP pre-orders that were refunded ok but this one was not. That was in late March.

On the 17th of May I made an EAP pre-order for one of the Donuts New gTLDs and specifically a .foundation domain name. Continue reading

Dynadot Gets More Registrars And Offers .COM Backorders For $7.85 In July

Dynadot announced that it is running a drop catch sale for the month of July. They recently increased their registry connections and updated the technology behind our Dynadot drop catcher. I am not sure with the opened more registrars or they are using other registrars as drop catching partners.

The drop catch sale prices are:

$7.85 .COM
$7.85 .NET
$8.25 .ORG

In the case of a drop catch domain having more than one request, Dynadot will hold a 3-day private auction for the domain.

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Who Cares About New Domain Names? Google Does And You Should Too!

Google had a presentation on New gTLDs called “Who cares about new domain names? We do. If you want happy users, then you should too.” at the Google I/O in San Francisco.

This is how the New gTLD session was described by Google:
“The first new generic top-level domains are coming online, from .photography to .みんな. Who cares, you say? We do. We’ll tell you how the explosion of new domain names means cool things for the future of the web. But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. New domain names also creating unique challenges for developers. In fact, they may be impacting your products already. Join us to find out what’s happening, get a glimpse at what’s coming, and learn how to prepare.”
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GoDaddy Unveils ‘Get Paid’ To Help Small Businesses Get Paid Anytime, Anywhere By Any Method

GoDaddy unveiled Get Paid, a new offering designed to help small businesses ‘get paid’ anytime, anywhere, and by any digital method.

With Get Paid, small business owners can create and send invoices and estimates, accept all payment types on any device, set up recurring invoices, bill expenses back to clients, manage weekly sales and expenses and track billable and non-billable time. Get Paid supports all forms of payment such as credit and debit cards, electronic checks and mobile payments. GoDaddy has partnered with PayPal, Dwolla and Stripe to provide Get Paid customers with an easy, one-stop shop solution for receiving payments on mobile phones, laptops and tablets.

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In Search Of A New Domain Name Registrar…

I have been using Fabulous and Dynadot for the past few years as my main registrars. I was using Moniker up until about 2007 but then I started transferring domains out. Their system was full of bugs, random things would happen all the time and support had started deteriorating. Of course it was still a lot better than what is going on these days. See here my latest post about all my Moniker problems after their system change about a month ago.

I now have a few names at Moniker, about 5% of what I once had, and I am looking to move them somewhere else.

I like consolidation but I also like to use 2 or 3 registrars because I don’t want to keep all my eggs in one basket. And there are a few reasons more. e.g. Although I like Fabulous they don’t offer .biz and .us and didn’t offer more than 6 extensions until recently. And Dynadot does not offer privacy for domains. Although they say they do, they don’t actually hide the name in whois but only the contact details (address, phone, email, etc.).

So I am looking for a reliable registrar,
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