5 all-time domain expirations in Internet’s history

One of the worst things that you can do as a website owner is let your domain expire. A domain name is a copyrighted web address which directs users to a website. Domain names are a big business and with a great domain name it’s much easier for visitors to find a website on the web. Popular domain names like google.com have multiple variations as companies will buy the rights to multiple domains based off of geographical locations as well as to make sure that their pages are regularly visited.  By using resources such as WHOIS it’s fairly easy to look up when domains were registered and when they are going to expire. Perhaps one of the biggest problems with domain expiry is that once a domain does expire anyone can reregister for that domain requiring even major companies to pay thousands or even millions of dollars to get their web address back. Expired domain names make a massive impact when it comes to lost finances on the web and more. Gather around the fire folks, cause here are the top 5 blunders of all time when it comes to domain expiry and the problems that they caused.

5. In April of 2012 the second largest online travel site for Indian tourists, responsible for up to 30% of the online travel related transactions in India forgot to renew their domain name. This Rs.370 billion industry lost countless customers and lost their partnership with the State Bank of India who produced a custom travel credit card with the company. It has not been as successful since.

Source: Yatra.com forgets to renew their domain, site inactive

Yatra.com forgets to renew their domain, site inactive

Yatra.com forgets to renew their domain, site inactive

4. The 22nd largest bank in the United States, Regions Bank that contains over 1700 branches and 2400 ATMs, forgot to renew their domain name in April of 2013. Customers lost the ability to access online banking, online services and access to the main bank website. The bank was forced to make a public apology and Web services were down for close to a week.

Source: Major Bank Forgets to Renew Domain Name: Entire Online Operation Goes Down

Dallas Cowboys forget to renew their domain name

Dallas Cowboys forget to renew their domain name

3. Perhaps one of the most famous examples that got #3 comes from the Dallas Cowboys. The team forgot to renew their domain name in 2010 during a major news brief where they fired their head coach. The domain name that was purchased just years earlier it expired and the website was replaced by two boys playing soccer and contact information for the sale. The organization had to pay out the registrar of the domain name and the website was down for several days. Please don’t tell me the head coach registered the domain…

Source: Dallas Cowboys fire coach, forget to renew their web domain

2. This one was a biggie back in 1999 when:”Microsoft forgets to pay for domain renewal causing Hotmail (among other sites) to be impossible to reach for many users.” You read that right, about 15 years ago, Microsoft forgot to renew their domain name passport.com and made the headlines, especially in the Linux community that was waking up at that time. As that wasn’t bad enough, in 2003, again Microsoft forgot to renew an important domain, this time hotmail.co.uk!

Source: Slashdot: Microsoft forgets to renew their domain name passport.com
Source 2: The guy that captured the domain passport.com auctioned the $500 check it got from Microsoft for the domain, and donated the money he got
Source 3: Microsoft forgets to renew hotmail.co.uk domain
 


1. For our number one forgetfulness,
that could be described as Alzheimer’s brother goes to a company that at that time raised $10 million in funding, and then drops the ball. The only reason Microsoft didn’t make #1 is because passport.com is not their main domain. Foursquare.com on the other hand is the most valuable equity of that digital company. In the past 6 months there were predictions of Foursquare’s IPO and buyout. Whatever they do, they better hold on to their domain, and at least until 2021 they don’t have to worry about that, or perhaps they should.

Foursquare forgets to renew it's domain name

Foursquare forgets to renew it’s domain name

I guess it’s true what they say. Lesson learned on your own skin is learned best.

Source: Techcrunch – Foursquare forgets to renew it’s domain name

P.S.

Notable mentions:
Clydesdayle and Yorkshire Banks: these two major UK banks forgot to renew their domain names and as a result their banking services were delayed by days as they reclaimed their website domain back. The good news for the bank is that their domain was not snatched up by another party after the registration expired, but the loss and services caused a customer service nightmare.
Source: Confirmed Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks forgot to renew domain name

Tens of thousands of websites rely upon Sitemeter to provide tracking capabilities: April 4th 2013 they forgot to renew their domain.
Source: Sitemeter forgets to renew domain name

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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Partnering with SoftLayer under the Startup catalyst program

I am proud to announce today that we have finished succesfully the moving of our API server and several others to the SoftLayer’s datacenter in Amsterdam. Our users should feel an increase in speed of service, as we keep improving both our infrastructure, and our technology.

WhoAPI joins SoftLayer's startup catalyst program

WhoAPI joins SoftLayer’s startup catalyst program

We found a great partner in SoftLayer’s support team, and especially Jonathan Wisler (who spotted WhoAPI project in April 2012, before many, at the World Hosting Days) Joshua Krammes, Andy Muy and Anna Bofill Bert. Thanks guys.

Joshua Krammes - SoftLayerHere’s what Joshua (Vice President of Community Development) had to say about this.

“SoftLayer has always been committed to entrepreneurs and helping the global community with next-generation innovation. As a startup ourselves in 2005, we know what resources entrepreneurs need in order to build a successful company. We feel strongly we have done that ourselves. Our recent acquisition by IBM also allows us to broaden our support of early stage technology, born-on-the-web companies through a deep expansion of our data center footprint, including Hong Kong, London, Paris, and several other locations in 2014.
As evidenced by our work with over 1,500 startups through our Catalyst Incubator program, and our work with companies like WhoAPI, SoftLayer puts it’s reputation on the line to help the startup community.”

WhoAPI earned it’s entry in the Startup Catalyst program as one of the participants of 500 startups accelerator programs in batch 5 during the winter 2012 accelerator process.

If you would like to take a look inside in one of SoftLayer’s datacenters here you go. That sound inside just gives me goosebumps!

Stay tuned for more great news.

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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New pricing and packages go live on July 1st

After careful analysis we recorded that only less than 5% of our paying clients will be affected with this package change, and we hope that you will find value in our service, respect our decision, and support our constant and never ending improvement. All our current clients will keep their old prices as a reward for their support so far.

So if you were ever considered about upgrading, now is the time. Free package will become more limited and prices will go up (shown below). We haven’t changed our pricing since December 2012, and our service has improved since. Increase in cost will allow us to further develop and upgrade our technology and infrastructure. After this change, we don’t plan to change prices or packages in following 6 months.

Free package

Up until now, the free package featured:
- 1 domain in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 1.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 10 queries per minute (API)
- up to 1 whois query per minute (API)

From now on, the free package will have
- 1 domain in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 100 queries per month (bulk)
- 1 query per minute (API)
- up to 1 whois query per minute (API)

Basic package

Basic package was priced at $9 and it featured:
- 10 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 20.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 50 queries per minute (API)
- up to 5 whois queries per minute (API)

Basic package will change on July 1st:
- 10 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 5.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 10 queries per minute (approximately 432.000 API requests)
- up to 2 whois queries per minute (approximately 86.400 API requests)
- Priced at $19

Standard package

Standard package was priced at $49 and it featured:
- 50 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 200.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 100 queries per minute (API)
- up to 10 whois queries per minute (API)

Standard package will change on July 1st:
- 50 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 20.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 50 queries per minute (approximately 2.160.000 API requests)
- up to 8 whois queries per minute (approximately 345.600 API requests)
- Priced at $79

Professional package

Professional package was priced at $149 and it featured:
- 200 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 500.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 200 queries per minute (API)
- up to 50 whois queries per minute (API)

Professional package will change on July 1st:
- 200 domains in Ultimate Domain Notifier
- 80.000 queries per month (bulk)
- up to 150 queries per minute (approximately 3.456.000 API requests)
- up to 30 whois queries per minute (approximately 1.296.000 API requests)
- Priced at $199

 

Goran Duskic

I am the founder and CEO of WhoAPI with decade of experience in business development, online marketing strategy in the hosting and domain industry.

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