It’s that time of year again. The leaves start to turn. The nights get a little cooler. And the domain registry operators gratuitously raise their prices, because ICANN apparently sent Homer Simpson to negotiate their contracts. We received notice of the specific effects on us today.
Effective September 30th, 2008, our prices for domain registrations, transfers, and renewals in our supported TLDs (com, net, org, biz, info & name) will increase from $7.99 to $8.59 per domain per year.
This gives you almost two weeks to renew existing domains at the old prices. Remember that domains can be renewed up to ten years in advance, so you can lock in present prices for an awfully long time if you choose.
I want to remind people of a little-known feature, the Renewal Monitor, which makes it easy to see what domains are up for renewal and to renew them. We also changed our system a while back so that it is no longer necessary to unlock domains before renewing them.
Update 2008-09-29: The original increase was to $8.89/year. Like many of our members, we felt this was excessive, and like our members, we weren’t hesitant to say so. I’m pleased to report that our view has apparently prevailed, because we have been informed by our registrar that some of the increase is being rolled back. The new price will be $8.59/year. A $0.60 increase is still more than the official $0.44 increase Verisign helped themselves to on the .COM TLD, or the $0.36 increase in .NET, but it’s in-line with the increase on .ORG, so I suspect we’ll all have to live with it. Maybe infinite gTLDs will bring some much-needed competition to the domain registration industry.
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