Moniker’s CEO Bonnie Wittenburg Sends Message But No Timeline

Moniker’s migration to a new system has caused a lot of problems to all it’s users. Today Moniker’s CEO Bonnie Wittenburg sent a message but I don’t see how this is any help. It has been 10 days since the system migration and functionality has not yet been restored. At this point there is no way to restore settings as the new database is being used and the old one has become obsolete.

Here is the message:

To all Moniker Customers,

My name is Bonnie Wittenburg, Moniker’s recently appointed CEO as of February 2014. This letter comes to you with transparency and the best intentions in mind as a result of recent events that have taken place at Moniker. As you know, Moniker recently transitioned to a completely new website design which features an all new user interface for both our website and customer dashboards. Our goal was and remains to increase the products and services we offer while at the same time maintaining the tools you have come to expect from us – enabling you to effectively manage your Web properties in a single place as simply as possible.

Since becoming CEO of Moniker, through my own observation and carefully considering the opinions of our users, it was apparent we needed to change in a big way.  With the launch of this new website, we would be able to improve how you interact with our services and provide a better platform to bring further innovations to market.

I am still confident a system upgrade and platform enhancement was the right decision, but some things went wrong with the migration of our data and customer information from our old database to our new systems. Although our systems were carefully tested to avoid any major issues, an unforeseen technical problem involving a script responsible for running the data transfer did not run optimally. The manifestation of this to our customers appeared in the form of missing domains, unintended auto-renewals, and erroneous charges to payment methods on file, among others.

I sincerely apologize on behalf of all Moniker employees that this took place. I want to reassure you that no security vulnerabilities resulted from the issues we experienced during the data migration; this includes no lost domain names, no unauthorized transfers of ownership, and no functionality lost as part of our Domain MaxLock and Portfolio MaxLock products. These issues have, however, resulted in a backlog of customer support inquiries and greatly increased call volume to our support staff. Our representatives are working their hardest to resolve each and every case while providing each customer with the attention they deserve. Many technical issues have been resolved, including restoring the missing domains from client accounts and reverting charges incurred as a result of invalid domain renewals.

We are not done correcting all of the issues, our technical staff is working around the clock to fix and improve remaining problems to allow Moniker to operate at full capacity. We are listening to you regarding what features are working and what needs improvement.  We value your business, your patience, and understanding that we will make this right. You expected better from us and we failed to deliver. We are working to restore your faith in the operations of Moniker. I realize apologizing may simply not be enough and promise that we will work tirelessly to show you that we care.

Thank you,

Bonnie Wittenburg

Bonnie Wittenburg describes above some of the problems with the new Moniker but there are plenty more. And of course there is no timeline for solving all these problems. It could be a week, a month or a year.

Moniker: let the problems begin! (auto-renew, credit cards, control panel)

Moniker Problems #2 (disappearing domains, wrong whois, invoices, new account ID)

Moniker is closed for maintenance until 9:00 am (EDT)

Moniker is back up. Problems remain! (#3)

I haven’t gotten a response to my 10 day support tickets and I don’t expect I ever will. Unlike some of the US customers I am not able to call Moniker 10 times and hold for 2 hours each time to get a simple reply, as I am in Greece. I think that even a lawsuit would be cheaper than that. Get the hint Moniker?

Sold.Domains

About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

10 comments

  1. A Message from Moniker’s CEO | Bonnie Wittenburg
    “I am still confident a system upgrade and platform enhancement was the right decision, but some things went wrong with the migration of our data”
    Stop reading right there. THAT is the fundamental flaw now with Moniker. The FAILURE to recognize that even if the data had transferred proprerly, the new system is so POORLY designed, especially the invoicing workflow, NO ONE will want to use it.
    Doubled down on stupid. Game over. Moniker is dead.
    – See more at: http://domainnamewire.com/2014/06/11/sorry-moniker-its-over/?replytocom=2201577#respond

  2. Reputation already lost. Period. Too much time passed without excuses and explanations. END OF GAMES AND TIME STOLEN

    Be careful! It appears only as an attempt to take time, probably because credit card circuits have “banned” them. It seems their plans were stopped and they are not able to gain more from their plans at this moment

  3. So did she send this letter to “all moniker customers” only to you? Because I didn’t get one.

    • It seemed to me that the intended audience for the letter was ‘domainers’ and not ‘all Moniker customers’. For Moniker to consider you a domainer, you likely need a minimum of xx domains registered at Moniker.

      I have no idea what xx equals; but I received a letter and I only have about a dozen domains at Moniker.

  4. I didn’t receive nothing too. Where is ICANN?!?

  5. “I am still confident a system upgrade and platform enhancement was the right decision”

    That sentence was the signal for us to start transferring our domains away from Moniker. When the new Moniker CEO stubbornly refuses to face the facts, you know it’s time to jump ship.

    There’s literally hundreds of posts and comments out there pointing out the problems in Moniker’s new interface and these problems are clearly not limited to “issues experienced during the data migration.”

    Admitting you made the wrong decision may not always be easy – especially not when you’re new at the helm – but sometimes it’s better to lose face than to lose the majority of your customer-base.

  6. Hi, can anyone help me on how to renew a domain (just expired) at Moniker? A step by step guide would be great. I could not find a way to renew it. Thanks

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