I have now left Uniregistry once and for all. Yes, I am now completely Uniregistry free and it feels great. The company had great potential when it started but it has been going downhill for the past 2-3 years due to poor business and management decisions and some marketing disasters.
I have left Uniregistry (now rebranding as Uni) in every possible way I can:
- As a domain name registrar
I was using Uniregistry as one of my secondary registrars from immediately after they launched a few years back. I was up to about 750 domains with them at one time but I am now down to 16 domains. (All 16 are new hand registrations that I did them at Uniregistry to use up my remaining credit. I will move all domains out in about a month.)
Uniregistry could have been a good registrar (as a system) but I don’t trust them long term so I would have any domains with them. The latest disaster has been the introduction of “Domain Perks”. See Uniregistry: Huge price increase on domain name registrations and renewals! and Uniregistry: the absolute mathematical madness of “Domain Perks”!.
I also didn’t like the Uniregistry personnel turnaround and support was always sub-par being closed during weekends etc.
I now use Epik as my main registrar and also have 3 other secondary registrars.
- As a New gTLD registry
I had about 15 Uniregistry New gTLD domains at some point like some numeric .click domains that I bought during the Chinese domain madness. I have now dropped all of them. I didn’t even try to sell them.
Uniregistry (that didn’t exactly choose the best New gTLD extensions) made some poor decisions including Frank Schilling nailing the first nail on the New gTLD coffin by increasing prices on Uniregistry extensions by up to 3000%: Frank Schilling just killed the New gTLD domain name program (Warning!) Many registrars (including GoDaddy, Tucows and Namecheap) dropped support for some or all Uniregistry extensions at that time.
Now almost all of my remaining New gTLD domains are from Donuts.
- As a PPC parking provider and domain name selling platform
I used to have almost all my domains parked and for sale at Uniregistry. I think I now have about 50 domains left at Uniregistry (from one of my secondary registrars) that I will move away when I have some time. I was never too impressed with the Uniregistry brokers, quite the opposite. I now use Efty and ParkingCrew.
It seems that Uniregistry has been taking one bad decision after another in all different business units and alienating one domaining group after another.
The latest episode with Uniregistry is their rebranding as Uni that was not really necessary (or maybe it was considering all the business and marketing disasters?) and was not really done effectively considering that the domain name Uni.com is not owned by Uniregistry (now Uni). This rebrand came at the same time with the launch of what Frank Schilling had called Uniregistry’s greatest product that was just another website builder. (?)
Uniregistry partnerships over the years with .xyz, .sucks and Topcoin shuttered any trust I had left for this (once promising) company.
It seems that being great at one thing doesn’t make you great at everything and being a great domainer doesn’t make you a good business owner or good decision maker.