Domain registrar journey across two decades

Having registered my first domain in early 1997, I took a minute to recall what has changed in the domain registrar industry since then. Network Solutions remained the only registrar during the first few years of the commercial Internet, but that changed quickly. As with every industry, once monopolies end and alternate options are introduced, consumer loyalty is easy to be lost. Consumers gauge their options on a number of parameters: price, features, ease of use, and customer support. So what has been my domain registrar journey through these two plus decades? In the beginning, there was NetSol. I registered less than 10 domains with them. Once new registrars began to operate, I started using GoDaddy in the late 90's. The GoDaddy interface was not complicated at the time, but … [Continue reading]

Domain security : Password protect your USB drive

When traveling, whether it's to attend domain name conferences or for leisure, make sure all your digital devices are safe and secure. At the turn of the new year, I took a trip to Puerto Rico; a great place, where the food is delicious and the people and island waters are warm year-round. A rocky earthquake finale brought back memories from Greece, but that's part of life's experiences; to awaken one's senses fully. On my flight to San Juan I found a shiny USB drive on the floor, as soon as I sat down. I put it in my backpack and forgot about it for the rest of the trip. After all, I had lovely company to keep me occupied, and a family party to attend on New Year's eve. Upon returning home, I plugged the USB drive in my computer, and by a quick look of the filenames the stick was … [Continue reading]

‘Tis the season to reprice your domain names

Happy holidays. 'Tis the season to be jolly, and while you allow the spirit of Christmas empower you, it's your own initiative that will carry you into the new year, 2020. In this time and era, domain names are increasingly establishing an indisputable role in how they shape brands. About time too. When I began my journey as a domain investor, it was fun checking out domains via the InterNic WHOIS tool, and almost 75% of the time, these queries resulted in domain availability. More than 20 years later, good luck with that. The holiday season is time for introspection, and it's the right time to reprice your domain names. Assuming you went through the weed and feed process earlier on, it's time to jack up the prices. That's right. Repricing means increasing the asking price, … [Continue reading]

The PIR ORGy should not drive domain investors away from this premium TLD

The sale of PIR to a newly formed entity that's not covered by the non-profit umbrella might have been widely accepted, if the timing were different. Weeks after ICANN decided to ignore more than … [Continue reading]

Sedo pays really, really fast for domain auctions

As a domain investor, when I sell a domain name through a third party platform, I'm eager to get paid for the digital asset I provided, as fast as possible. Our interconnected world offers a number … [Continue reading]