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Latest .com ranking has some surprises

Two registrars posted big gains in September. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers September 2020. There were a couple of surprises in the monthly numbers. Perhaps they are anomalies. First, Hosting Concepts/OpenProvider had a surge in one-year .com registrations, placing it in […]

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GoDaddy to pay up to $365 million for payments company Poynt

GoDaddy adds key payments component to commerce platform. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) is buying payments processor Poynt for $320 million upfront and up to $45 million in deferred payments. Poynt offers in-store and online payment processing for merchants, as well as virtual terminal services for phone and keyed-in payments. The acquisition will give GoDaddy a greater […]

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Top .Com domain name registrars

Xin Net continues its fall, Key-Systems jumps. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers August 2020. Xin Net continues its precipitous fall in domains under management, likely due to Chinese domain investors not renewing their domains. Also notable this month is Key-Systems making […]

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Web presence companies ramp up ad spend as demand soars

GoDaddy and Wix spend more to capture demand surge during the pandemic. It’s been a good year for service providers that help people establish a web presence. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to shift business online in whole or in part. From yoga instructors offering online instruction to restaurants adding online take-out ordering, businesses […]

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How domain stocks are faring in 2020

Endurance leads the way after acquisition. It’s been a wild ride in the stock market this year. On March 14, I wrote about how domain name stocks fared during the pandemic market crash up through the close on March 13. I wrote an update in May about how shares had rebounded with the market. Fast forward […]

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GoDaddy completes Neustar Registry acquisition

GoDaddy is now in the registry business. GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) has completed its acquisition of Neustar’s domain name registry business, marking a big entry into the wholesale part of the domain business. The company announced the $218 million acquisition in April. Neustar Registry, now named GoDaddy Registry, operates the back end for many new top […]

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GoDaddy and Verisign get more patents

Companies keep building their patent war chests. The United States Patent and Trademark Office granted two patents to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) and one to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) today. The two companies are the most prolific patent filers in the domain name industry. GoDaddy has only used its patents defensively to date. Verisign previously said it […]

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GoDaddy’s domain privacy email buries the lede

GoDaddy customers are unlikely to understand their options.   GoDaddy has begun sending emails to customers about changes to domain privacy. As I wrote about on June 8, the company has started redacting personal information from Whois records. This means the Domains by Proxy service is no longer necessary for most people. GoDaddy will give […]

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Top ten domain name registrars, ranked by .com

A monthly look at the latest .com data ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers December 2019. Wix landed in the top ten list for new .com registrations for the second month in a row. As usual, Chinese registrars were in flux. Note […]

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