Rightside

    • RightSide cuts super-premium fees in half, drops premium renewals

      New gTLD registry RightSide has slashed the minimum price of its so-called “Platinum” tier premium domains and dropped renewal fees for these domains down to an affordable level. The price changes come as part of two new marketing initiatives designed to start shifting more of its 14,000-strong portfolio of super-premiums through brokers and registrar partners.

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  • Rightside new gTLD renewals can top 80%

    … ones in its portfolio to have gone through two full renewal cycles. The renewal rate after year one was a modest 69% — in other words it lost almost a third of its installed base after 12 months — but this increased to 81% after the second year. The actual number of domains involved in quite tiny — 81% equates to just 21,000 names across all seven…

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  • Donuts rolls the dice with $22.5 million .web lawsuit

    …, the Donuts company that applied for .web, is subject to an arrangement not dissimilar to NDC’s with Verisign. Ruby Glen is owned by Covered TLD LLC, in turn a wholly-owned Donuts subsidiary. It’s well-known that fellow portfolio registry Rightside has rights to acquire Covered TLD’s over 100 applied-for strings, but this is not disclosed in its .web…

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  • Rightside refuses Donuts “opportunistic” $70m gTLD offer

    … evaluation, Rightside’s Board has determined that Donuts’ proposal significantly undervalues Rightside’s Registry assets. We believe Donuts’ proposal is an opportunistic attempt to acquire Rightside’s valuable portfolio of domain extensions with an undervalued price and in a manner that would not be in the best interests of Rightside shareholders…

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  • Web.com acquires dozens of registrars from Rightside

    … in an auction in which customers of either site could participate. This would have the effect of increasing the number of caught names going to auction due to there being multiple bidders, and thus the eventual sales prices. Tweet Tagged: dropcatch.com, enom, namebright, network solutions, rightside, snapnames, web.com …

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  • Rightside to modernize eNom, predicts $75m new gTLD revs

    … Rightside used its first quarter earnings call yesterday to address, albeit indirectly, some of the criticisms recently leveled at it by activist investors and competitors. CEO Taryn Naidu revealed for the first time how the company sees the new gTLD market playing out in the longer term. He said than in three to five years, Rightside expects…

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  • Rightside rejects Negari’s $5m new gTLD offer

    … Rightside has turned down Daniel Negari’s $5 million offer to acquire four of its new gTLDs, according to Negari. The XYZ.com CEO told DI via email tonight: I was looking forward to operating .Army, .Dance, .Dentist, and .Vet under the XYZ umbrella. I’m disappointed that Rightside didn’t entertain my offer, especially since I believe $5MM…

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  • Rightside offers $10 renewals on premium names

    … Rightside is to run a promotion that will discount renewals on premium names down to .com prices. From May 16 to June 30, if you buy any of the domains that Rightside has marked as premium — except the super-premium “Platinum” names — the wholesale renewal fee will be just $10. Registrars will mark this up according to their own pricing models…

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  • Schilling agrees with activist Rightside investor

    …. He said he agrees with 7.32% shareholder J Carlo Cannell, who says that Rightside should get rid of some of its weaker new gTLDs. Cannell, of Cannell Capital, is demanding Rightside lay off one in five of its staff, dump its weakest new gTLDs, and refocus the company on its eNom registrar business. He’s threatening to launch a proxy fight…

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  • Rightside moves into China too

    … and registrars require formal accreditation before domain names can be used by Chinese citizens. Opening up a local office or working with a local proxy appear to be requirements to obtain this accreditation. Rightside points out that 45% of new gTLD domain names — 5.4 million — are registered in China. Its own portfolio has seen 90,000 of these. Related posts: Two new gTLD registries open offices in China XYZ to put global block on domains banned in China XYZ to rethink China gateway plans …

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  • Rightside to auction “xyz” domains at NamesCon

    … .xyz made a bit of a splash with domain investors in 2015, but is the meaningless string “xyz” inherently attractive? Even at the second level? Rightside seems to think so. The registry, which does not operate .xyz, is planning to auction at least four “xyz” domains during next Monday’s live auction at the NamesCon conference in Las Vegas…

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  • Apple using apple.news as (yawn) redirect service

    … Apple has become the latest famous brand to deploy a new gTLD domain in the wild. The domain apple.news has been observed this week being used as a URL redirection service by its Apple News app. It seems that when somebody shares a link to a news site via social media, using Apple News, the app automatically shares an apple.news redirect link…

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  • .cam given the nod as Rightside wins confusion appeal

    … Rightside’s application for .cam will be un-rejected after the company beat Verisign in an appeal against a 2013 String Confusion Objection decision. That’s right, .cam is officially no longer too confusingly similar to .com. In a just-published August 26 decision (pdf) a three-person International Centre for Dispute Resolution panel overruled…

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  • No, CentralNic isn’t the biggest new gTLD back-end

    … CentralNic’s registry back-end business may have got a big boost by last week’s news that Google has adopted a .xyz domain for its new parent, but it is not yet the biggest back-end provider. That honor still belongs to Rightside, which currently leads CentralNic by a few hundred thousand names, according to zone files. When Google started…

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