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Registrar stability

Curious if anyone knows - what would happen if, for example, GoDaddy (which is very high-flying and .COMish at the moment) went belly-up? What would be the status of all of the domain names registered through GoDaddy?

I registered 7 domain names with GoDaddy tonight, but my primary one I renewed under Network Solutions.

Speaking of Network Solutions, it's remarkable how such a once respectable companies became such a clusterfug of douche-bags - apart from things like sending you scary YOUR DOMAIN IS EXPIRING! snail mails over a year before the actual expiration, little things like when you're done renewing it has a "CONTINUE" button that brings you to some shady third party crap on another site. Some thing where it tells you that you're getting $20 back, and it asks for your information and credit card apparently to credit you. If you read the tremendously, in my opinion fraudulently, smaller fine print, you see that you're actually signing up for some nonsense $10/month "service". Uh huh. Does Network Solutions also have marketing agreements with burglars and car thieves?
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
March 18th, 2005
NSI hasn't been respectible for what, over 5 years now?
GoDaddy claims to be profitable--why would they go belly up?
Permalink mb 
March 18th, 2005
"GoDaddy claims to be profitable--why would they go belly up?"

When a low-margin .COM company is buying advertising on the superbowl, it's a pretty ominous sign.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
March 18th, 2005
Try www.webnames.ca

They're likely to be stable forever: they're the direct descendant of the original .ca registrar and they're closely linked w/ UBC. Despite having dealt w/ NSI for a looooong time (single digit NIC handle), I switched 20-odd domains for our company Webnames a few years ago.

I've never even looked at godaddy, so I have no idea if they're cheaper. Webnames can't register anything, but com net org ca cn are all I need.
Permalink Ward 
March 19th, 2005
According to their CEO (and owner) [1], that ad has been extremely successful. I've never seen it. But the CEO's blog makes me interested in possibly being a customer. (I use GANDI at the moment. I have no clue about their stability. Or even their ownership, really.)

[1] http://bobparsons.com/
Permalink mb 
March 19th, 2005
I believe that the domain registration is filed with ICANN and will still be valid for the number of years for which you paid for regsistration even if the registrar goes out of business. You would still own the domain name. When it's time to renew the domain again, you just pick a different registrar. If a well-known registrar does go out of business, it's also likely that another regsitrar will take over its assets and domain registrations.

What's less clear is what would happen to extra features like private registrations (such as GoDaddy's DomainsByProxy service).

There's an article on cnet on this subject:
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6028_7-5333873-1.html
"Pick a registrar, any registrar--even a cheap one"
Permalink Philip Dickerson 
March 19th, 2005
Interesting about GoDaddy. I hadn't even considered them for domain and web hosting until I saw this discussion.

Looks like I'll be transferring my domain. Anyone know how their web hosting is? Their economy plan is a lot better (and cheaper!) than my current host (Verio).
Permalink Erik 
March 19th, 2005
When you purchase a domain, through godaddy or another registrar, you're the legal owner, regardless of the whois records.

If a registrar goes belly up you can always email the 'parent' company and get your domain back.

It's not something to really worry about, especially since you can register a domain for 7 years or more. And companies like goddady (and even moreso enom, the number 1 worldwide I believe) are not going belly up anytime soon.
Permalink Zorg 
March 19th, 2005
>> When it's time to renew the domain again, you just pick a
>> different registrar.

If you wait for it to expire somebody else may grab it; people snatch domains away for a living.

Never -ever- let a domain expire if it's important, transferring a domain only costs a few tenners.
Permalink Zorg 
March 19th, 2005

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
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