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WordPress ditches grammar checker

May 17, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on WordPress ditches grammar checker

Automattic drops Proofreading tool from latest JetPack release.

Image showing WordPress JetPack Proofreading tool, which has been discontinued

WordPress has sunset its Proofreading tool in JetPack.

WordPress creator Automattic has ditched a great feature in the latest update to its JetPack plugin.

As of the newly released JetPack 7.3, Proofreading is no longer supported.

The proofreading tool checked posts for grammar and spelling prior to publishing them. I found it to be a good tool that often caught stuff that other grammar checkers missed. It also made good word-choice suggestions.

WordPress engineer James Huff stated that the feature was dropped because other tools get the job done:

We removed the feature as it has become a bit redundant lately. Most major web browsers have some form of this already built-in, and free extensions like [Grammarly] are making huge strides in the field.

It felt like the right time to back out of that field and focus more on everything else we offer.

I imagine it took a lot of resources to keep this featuring working. It’s good news for Grammarly; I’ll probably upgrade to its paid version.

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12 end user domain name sales up to €29k

May 16, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on 12 end user domain name sales up to €29k

A candy company, an escape room and an upscale hotel chain bought domain names last week.

graphic of briefcase full of money related to end user domain name sales

This week’s list of end user sales at Sedo includes an eclectic mix such as Hero.eu, RedCircle.com and ModernAnimal.com.

Here’s the list of end user sales from the past week. You can view previous lists like this here.

Hero.eu €29,000 – Hero offers interim staffing company in the Netherlands.

RedCircle.com $17,000 – RedCircle, a podcast hosting service provider that also supplies users with analytics and promotional tools, upgraded its domain. It uses GetRedCircle.com.

Veridic.com €12,000 – Forwards to Veridic.co.uk, a mobile app developer based in London that now owns the .com version of its domain.

ModernAnimal.com €11,000 – In development by a Veterinarian in Los Angeles.

MyMontage.com $10,000 – Purchased by the Montage Management Group, a luxury international hotel chain with locations in California, Mexico and some ski destinations. It uses the domain MontageHotels.com.

WeeBeastie.com $6,118 – A creative agency in Ventura, CA. It forwards to WeeBeastie.tv. This was a SedoMLS sale.

BeanBagChairs.com $5,559 – This domain used to forward to a store that sold bean bag chairs. The new buyer is developing it.

SoccerGround.com $5,000 – SoccerGround is a German company specializing in the planning, installation and assembly of small walled soccer fields.

Rowingblazers.mx $5,000 – Rowing Blazers bought another ccTLD that matches its brand. It bought two other ccTLDs a couple of weeks ago.

BV-Auctions.com $3,559 – The best guess is the buyer is the high-end car collector auction site BV Collector Car Auctions GmbH, which uses BV-Auctions.de.

Indizio.de $2,600 – Indizio is an escape room style entertainment place with two locations in Germany. The German ccTLD forwards to Indizio.one.

Vanparys.com $2,000 – A Belgium confectionery company specializing in a Dragées, an M&M-like candy with a hard outer shell. They were established in 1889 and claim to be “The Original Chocolate Dragee”.

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Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

May 16, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

Wix adds fewer paying customers in Q1 compared to a year ago.

Wix website builder logoWebsite builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) added a net 180,000 paying customers in Q1 2019, the company reported in its earnings release today. That brings the total to 4.2 million.

By comparison, it added 231,000 net paying customers in Q1 2018 and 147,000 in Q4 2018.

Wix added 6.6 million new registered users in the quarter, bringing the total to 148 million. Only about 3% of its registered users are paying customers.

Revenue for the quarter was $174.3 million, up 27% year-over-year. Collections (essentially billings) were up 26% to $200.4 million.

The company expects Q2 revenue in the $182 million – $184 million range.

Read the DNW Wix review.

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Don’t give your web developer access to your domain registrar account

May 16, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Don’t give your web developer access to your domain registrar account

Another business says it lost its domain to a web developer.

Image of megaphone with words "Public Service Announcement" below it

I know I’ve written about this many times, but if these stories prevent just one legal issue then it’s worth it.

Please, don’t give your web developer full access to your domain name registrar account.

Yesterday, a web site owner in Nevada filed a lawsuit (pdf) against a contract developer alleging that the developer has taken over his domain name and business.

EB Publishing, Inc. publishes ApplianceRepair.net. It hired Adrian Bursill to do work on its website. Now it alleges that he abused his access to the registrar account and switched the ownership of the website to his name.

Historical Whois records for the domain show that it changed from EB Publishing to Bursill in 2016. The domain has not switched registrars.

EB Publishing has operated the website since 1998 but says it has now lost control of it.

Your web developer should not need access to your domain registrar account. If they want access to change nameservers (which I still recommend you do yourself), make sure the access limits what they can do in the account. They should not be able to change domain contacts or transfer the domain.

Greenberg & Lieberman is representing EB Publishing.

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.Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

May 16, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on .Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

CentralNic wins another registry contract.

Logo for WordPress' .blog top level domain nameAutomattic, the company behind WordPress, is switching backend registry providers for its .blog top level domain name.

The company has used Nominet since the launch but will switch to CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) later this year.

Nominet is the registry for .uk domain names. CentralNic is a diversified domain name company that has won many registry contracts with its flexible pricing.

Michele Neylon, CEO of domain name registrar Blacknight, noted that many new TLD operators signed contracts before they knew how big their zones would be. Now that they have a better idea, they might get a better deal from another backend registry provider.

He also pointed out that registry provider switches are a pain for registrars. I suspect registrars are getting used to these changes as the original contracts come up for renewal.

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Escrow.com: Domain sales jumped in Q1

May 15, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Escrow.com: Domain sales jumped in Q1

Escrow provider reports robust domain name market in 2019.

Online escrow service Escrow.com released its Q1 market report (pdf) today, showing that domain sales were strong to start 2019.

Escrow.com handled $85 million of domain name and website transactions during Q1 2019. This was up both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year:

Chart shows Escrow.com Q1 2019 sales were higher than Q4 2018 and Q1 2018.

The United States continues to be Escrow.com’s largest source of transactions. It represents over 70% of transactions. Canada was surprisingly the second largest source of transactions during Q1 (when you split China and Hong Kong):

Chart shows that the United States is the largest for Escrow.com, followed by Canada in Q1 2019

In addition to domain names, Escrow.com handled $15.2 million of website sales (domain plus content) in the quarter with a median price of $9,800.

Domain names without content traded at a median price of $2,500, the same as the previous five quarters.

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Google launches Safe.page to improve web security smarts

May 15, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Google launches Safe.page to improve web security smarts

Survey shows people still need help.

Screenshot of safe.page, a Google Registry site about safe web browsing

People still need help with web security.

Google Registry, the Alphabet division responsible for new top level domain names such as .dev and .app, has launched a website at Safe.page that helps people learn about phishing and secure websites. The company released survey results today showing that people still need security help.

The survey of over 2,000 adults shows:

  • 42% didn’t realize the difference between http and https in a web address
  • 69% didn’t realize that https could be used in a phishing attack
  • 64% used the same password on multiple websites

One interesting non-security datapoint in the survey is about Gen Z. 34% of those surveyed between 16-24 who have already created a website did it for a class project. This is an interesting opportunity for domain registries and registrars.

Safe.page includes a quiz for people to review URLs in emails to check which ones are safe and which aren’t. I admit to overlooking a double-s typo in one of the quiz questions. That puts me in the 97% of people who missed at least one question on the quiz.

Google suggests people double-check domains before entering sensitive information. I hope its search team that designs the search results pages follows the same guidelines, especially on mobile pages.

Google promotes three of its domains that require SSL on the site: .page, .app and .dev.

Listen to a podcast about the security of these namespaces in DNW Podcast episode #221.

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Mailchimp overhauls audience definition in new plans

May 15, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Mailchimp overhauls audience definition in new plans

Company makes change as it introduces new features beyond email.

Mailchimp logo

Popular email marketing platform Mailchimp is making a radical change to its pricing structure as it grows into a more-than-email marketing platform. The change goes into effect today for new customers. Existing customers are grandfathered into the existing structure unless they change their plan.

The big change is how Mailchimp defines an audience, which is how account tiers are priced. As an email marketing platform, Mailchimp charged a monthly fee based on how many current subscribers a customer had. Now Mailchimp offers more than email marketing so it is redefining the audience.

The audience used to calculate fees now includes people who have unsubscribed from mailing lists as well as people captured in the system that never subscribed, such as someone who signed up to attend a customer’s webinar.

That audience is part of what Mailchimp addresses with some of its new tools. For example, users can use Facebook retargeting based on audience email addresses. The targeting can include people who have unsubscribed from a list.

Customers can reduce the size of their audience by archiving contacts, which will no longer be addressed by the additional tools such as retargeting.

Mailchimp’s feature growth has been constrained somewhat by its name and reputation as an email provider. It ran a big marketing campaign a couple of years ago to show that it’s more than just an email company.

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Supernanny wins domain name ahead of new season

May 15, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Supernanny wins domain name ahead of new season

Show gets domain name after announcing new season on Lifetime.

Logo of Super Nanny TV show

The producer of Supernanny, a reality TV show featuring nanny Jo Frost, has won the rights to the domain name SuperNanny.com through a cybersquatting dispute.

The show debuted in 2004, so you might be surprised that the group waited until 2019 to file a UDRP cybersquatting case against the domain name. It turns out that at the end of March this year they announced a new season coming to the Lifetime network in 2020. They filed the cybersquatting dispute two weeks later.

Supernanny.com was originally registered in January 2000, well before the show debuted in Britain. Normally a domain name must be registered after trademark rights are established in order to win a UDRP. However, the show used historical Whois records to show that the domain name has changed hands multiple times since it was originally registered.

The owner of the domain name didn’t respond to the dispute, so the panelist gave the benefit of the doubt to the Complainant.

 

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5 Domain Name Thoughts

May 14, 2019Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on 5 Domain Name Thoughts

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about lately.

Man with thought bubble

It must be difficult for expired domain name research tools to compete with ExpiredDomains.net. It’s hard to beat free with such a solid feature set.

There’s a new domain name generator out that you might want to check out, called NameBounce. I tried it and got some good results. My favorite name generator is still LeanDomainSearch, and it appears to have gotten an upgrade recently.

Sedo’s auction board isn’t as active as GoDaddy and NameJet, but it’s worth stopping in from time-to-time. Right now Jet.biz has 16 bids and is $650. GV.biz has 17 bids and is EUR 355. Someone placed a $4,200 bid on FreeSlots.casino; I suspect that was pushed to auction after an offer.

Speaking of Sedo, I’d like to give them props for continuing to publish sales data. It’s very helpful for the industry.

For everyone who blasts GoDaddy’s appraisals, I challenge them to sort an expired domain list by the GoValues. Each value might not be perfect, but you’ll notice a marked drop in quality as you go down the list.

I sold another domain through Afternic today and I’m thinking it’s time for me to switch to buy now landers. I waste lots of time responding to inquiries with prices. I like how easy buy now is.

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