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.
The registration and transfer of the following Uniregistry TLDs will be discontinued on Namecheap as of September 7, 2017:
Namecheap will also be discontinuing the registration and transfer of these domains due to their extremely high registration price:
*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.
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You can follow how this whole Uniregistry story unfolded in these 5 posts with 250+ comments: