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Escrow.com reports record results in Q1

Domain name transactions help push Escrow.com to its second consecutive quarterly record. Escrow.com released its quarterly Domain Investment Index (pdf) today, and parent company Freelancer.com released its quarterly results last week. Total domain name transactions in Q1 2021 were $110 million, up from about $94 million in the last quarter of 2020 and $86 million […]

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NamesCon to host its next virtual event in September

NamesCon Online returns under new ownership group. The next virtual NamesCon Online will take place in September, organizers announced today. The third NamesCon Online will take place September 22-24. An email announcing the event suggests that the event will cover NFTs, emerging social platforms, fractional ownership, increasing domain values and new use cases. NamesCon is […]

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Shopify results quantify the ecommerce boom

Shopify facilitated nearly double the value of orders in Q1 2021 than in Q1 2020. Businesses that depend on ecommerce transactions for much of their revenue typically have seasonal results. Revenue peaks in the fourth quarter because of the holidays and then falls again in the first quarter. But e-commerce growth has been so strong […]

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Squarespace files to go public

Site builder files S-1. One month after raising $300 million from investors, website building software company Squarespace has filed its S-1 with the SEC to allow investors to sell their shares on the market. Here’s a look at Squarespace’s business by the numbers. 3.7 million unique subscriptions at the end of 2020, up from 3.0 […]

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Escrow.com set a record in 2020

Strong finish to the year helped Escrow.com set a record for gross payment volume. And it wasn’t just from domain names. A strong finish to the year helped Escrow.com set a record for gross payment volume in 2020. The company recorded US $486.1m in gross payment volume last year, up 15.2% year over year. The […]

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Desktop.com launches out of beta

Remote team and web app platform is backed by several people in the domain name industry. Desktop.com has officially launched the non-beta version of its product. The service is the brainchild of .Global founder Rolf Larsen. Larsen sold .Global to Afilias in 2019 and began working on his vision for Desktop.com shortly thereafter. The timing […]

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DigitalOcean files to go public

Cloud platform has over 570,000 customers, including Domain Name Wire. Cloud platform DigitalOcean has filed to go public, planning to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker DOCN. It currently lists the raise at $100 million. The company was founded in 2012. Last year, it generated $318.4 million in revenue, up from $254.8 […]

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CentralNic acquires advertising company for up to €10.8 million

Company adds to its online advertising portfolio. We knew CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) was about to acquire another company. Now we know what it is. The company announced today that it is acquiring Wando Internet Solutions GmbH. CentralNic will pay €5.4 million upfront and up to another €5.4 million in Q3 2022, depending on performance. […]

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How to use Microsoft Clarity to improve your website

Clarity provides free heatmaps and session recordings to improve your website. When I created my first website in 1997, it was incredibly difficult just to provision a hosting account and connect a domain name to it. When I created my first e-commerce site in 2001, shopping cart solutions cost thousands of dollars or required coding […]

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Verisign reports 2020 earnings

Verisign reports another steady year at the helm of the .com registry. Top level domain registry Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) reported earnings yesterday. Revenue was up 3.1% in Q4 2020 compared to the same quarter of 2019, clocking in at $320 million. Net income increased from $147 million in Q4 2019 to $157 in Q4 2020. […]

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