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Namecheap will discontinue several Uniregistry and XYZ domain extensions

Namecheap announced that it will be discontinuing several of the Uniregistry and XYZ domain name extensions (plus .rich and .luxury) on September 7, 2017. Kudos to Namecheap!

The domain name registrar said that it has been increasing the number of top level domain names, or TLDs, that they offer to our customers but from time to time they have to discontinue support of some TLDs.

This time the Uniregistry New gTLDs face significant price increases from the registry. As a result, Namecheap has decided to discontinue the sale of these domains to protect its customers.

Namecheap will also be sunsetting extensions that have “extremely” high registration and renewal cost such as .auto, .car and .cars. These are extensions that are run jointly by the Uniregistry and XYZ registries.

“While saying goodbye to a bunch of TLDs is not our preference as a domain registrar, we made the decision to discontinue these domains out of a concern for our customer experience.”

Namecheap stopped supporting .XYZ domain names in October 2016. This was big decision to make but I think it was the right thing to do given the .xyz negative track record in the domain name industry.

In May 2017 Tucows decided to drop 9 of the Uniregistry extensions. Another good decision. Namecheap is stopping support for these 9 same extensions plus .tattoo and .christmas.

The difference between Tucows and Namecheap is that Namecheap will be allowing renewals of existing domain names.

GoDaddy suspended all Uniregistry extensions after the price increases were announced but then reinstated all of the extensions after Uniregistry said that it will be grandfathering prices on SOME of the extensions.

My opinion has been that registrars should drop .XYZ domains because of many reasons and incidents over the years including this: Another reputation disaster: .XYZ takes back tens of NNN.xyz domain names. This post has 99 comments and is a good read.

I am glad Namecheap has dropped .xyz domains. I have also wondered why registrars are dropping several Uniregistry extensions while keeping .auto, .car and .cars that are selling for $2,500+ per year. Namecheap has made that right as well.

Discontinued TLDs

The registration and transfer of the following Uniregistry TLDs will be discontinued on Namecheap as of September 7, 2017:

PROPERTY HOSTING
CHRISTMAS JUEGOS
TATTOO AUDIO
GUITARS BLACKFRIDAY
HIPHOP DIET
FLOWERS

Namecheap will also be discontinuing the registration and transfer of these domains due to their extremely high registration price:

AUTO SECURITY
CAR RICH
CARS THEATER*
PROTECTION LUXURY

*Although the announcement says that .theater is going to be discontinued I believe this is a typo. Namecheap must have meant .theatre. .Theater is a Donuts extensions selling at about $70 per year while .theatre is a XYZ extension selling at about $1,000 per year.

.Auto, .car and .cars are extensions run jointly by the Uniregsitry and XYZ registries. .Security, . Protection and .Theatre are run by the XYZ registry.

What if I Already Own One of these TLDs or Want One?

After September 7, you will no longer be able to buy these domains from Namecheap. However, they will still fully support existing domains during their active term, and you will be able to renew them at the current price (with the exception of .christmas and .tattoo TLDs, where there will be a $10 price increase (to $35.88) to renew).

If you are interested in one of the TLDs that Namecheap is sunsetting and want to have the ability to renew them at the current price, hurry up and register these domains by Sept 7.

Up until our September 7 deadline, your renewal price will stay exactly the same for all of these domains.

Other TLD Changes

In addition to the above, Namecheap has four TLDs they will continue to support from Uniregistry, but which will have a price increase for renewals and registrations.

TLD Old renewal price New renewal price
SEXY $16.88 $29.88
HELP $16.88 $23.88
PICS $16.88 $23.88
CLICK $6.88 $8.88

You can follow how this whole Uniregistry story unfolded in these 5 posts with 250+ comments:

Frank Schilling just killed the New gTLD domain name program (Warning!)

The real percentages of the upcoming Uniregistry domain extension price increases (5% to 3115%)

The Uniregistry disaster continues: registrar increases domain retail prices by 62% to 75%

Too little, too late: Uniregistry will offer price protection on 9 domain extensions

Tucows stops support for 9 Uniregistry New gTLDs

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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.

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5 comments

  1. Seems NameCheap isn’t afraid to drop domain extensions, which I respect. 🙂

  2. I am not astonished, Namecheap has no pity with competition… (and with anyone BTW). Don’t imagine anything else, you will be in the error. Everybody will remember their legendary opportunism this past decade… Everytime a registrar was in difficulty for any reason they came with fake excuses as if they were the saver, simply to crunch competition’s market.

    In another note Frank has a strong problem, one day he should seriously consider to sell his registrar or registry business, there is a contradiction there and this is killing him quietly as you see it there.

  3. Good Call Namecheap, way to step up your game!

    Besides, Uniregistry is your main competitor, it’s in YOUR best interest not to sell any of their junk new gtld extensions.

  4. Very good move.

    I do not think “this is killing” Frank Schilling.
    His business could be hurt many time for what he did in the past if he was in different industry.
    But fortunately for him he is in the domain business where many domainers came to domaining because they were losers in everything else so obviously they are not very smart. Domaining have seemed to them easy because you need to just register names….of course over 90% of them just loosing money, time etc.
    Person like Frank can manipulate them as he wants.
    To run a real business successfully you have to be smart, intelligent, know many things etc. There is a huge difference between a business person and a domainer. Obviously the latter one is not respected in business world.
    Just go visit namepross you will see bunch of funny people trying to convince each other who is right, who knows better, know more etc. Successful people are too busy to spend time like this.

  5. Goddady and NameCheap has made their decision; so let it be. Smart, smarter and smartest; where are you? These two registrars leave no room for domain names drama momma. This because, they know you are smart; but they are smarter. Next time you used the toilet, please put the seat back on….💃

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