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goMobi Go!

If you’re one of the half a billion people accessing the internet on a mobile device, then you’ve probably had the frustrating experience of a website that either doesn’t work or is just plain hard to use. This can be especially trying when all you want to do is view the menu of a restaurant nearby and see if it will satisfy your grumpy hunger goblin of a spouse. Well goMobi is here to help.

goMobi is the latest innovation from the folks at dotMobi, an extension that’s made for mobile websites. Using goMobi, it’s a cinch to get your website converted to a mobile friendly version that makes all of your important details visible and easy to navigate. It offers a basic setup for the everyday person and there’s even advanced features for designers and developers. The best part is is the only registrar currently offering this easy to manage service and you can try it out for 30 days with no obligations or feature limitations. If after 30 days, you find that goMobi is the right fit for your business, it will only cost you $5.99/month.

What about all the different mobile devices with different sized browser windows? Not to worry. dotMobi has this nifty technology called DeviceAtlas that automatically detects the different devices and optimizes your website for viewing on that device. So whether your customer is viewing your website on an iPhone or an older Nokia, they’ll be getting the optimal experience for their phone.

Now is your chance to turn your frustrated mobile viewers into loyal customers!

This Week is National Small Business Week!

For all the entrepreneurs out there, National Small Business Week is upon us! A tradition that has been around since the ’60s, National Small Business Week is an event that honors the 27 million small businesses in the United States and some of the top entrepreneurs in the country. This year it falls on the week of May 23-29, and while the main event is held in Washington D.C., there are a number of other cities that celebrate this week with their own events, Denver being one of those cities.

The Denver Metro Small Business Development Center has posted a schedule (pdf) of the events they have lined up next week. There are some interesting sessions ranging from the effects of healthcare reform on your business to the future of technology and marketing. We’re looking forward to meeting and networking with some of our fellow Denver businesses!

Now it’s no secret that we love small business at, so in honor of Small Business Week we’ve decided to put together some discounts for our small business customers. Until May 30th, if you purchase a hosting plan, and/or any SSL certificates and use the promo code SMALLBIZWEEK, you will get 25% off off either of those items!

Cheers and happy Small Business Week! Proudly Offering Premium .TV Domains!

VeriSign recently announced a re-launch of all premium .TV domains with drastically reduced pricing, and is happy to announce that we can offer these premium domains to our customers! Premium .TV domains can now be registered for as little as a few hundred dollars for the first year and standard renewal pricing after that. The best part is that is able to offer most of these names at prices lower than our competitors.

We’re big fans of the .TV extension and we’re excited to see the market opened up to more people. It’s a great move for the .TV community and we look forward to seeing it grow. is also offering regular .TV registrations for just $19.99 for a limited time! So whether you’re looking to invest or just start your own video blog, can help. If you have any questions about .TV don’t hesitate to give us a shout.

.ORG Chinese IDN launch!

Starting on January 23 at around 19:00 UTC/GMT, you can register a .ORG Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) with!

Why go with a .ORG Chinese IDN?

For just $9.99 you can register a domain in the most widely spoken language in the world using one of the most established and recognized top level domains. This gives you the potential to reach literally billions of people and turn them into readers and customers.

You can read about the .ORG extension here and we have more details about .ORG Chinese IDNs here.

Please feel free to post any questions in the comments, or you can always contact us on Facebook and Twitter.

Domain Transfer Pricing and Domain Regsitration Specials

Before I dig into all those great domain name specials, first let’s talk about domain name transfers. Lots of folks have been asking about domain transfer promo codes and specials. I want to be frank with you. We’ve got an everyday low rate of $7.99 for common gTLD transfers. Some other providers might lure folks with prices that are below cost and hope to make it up on renewal (when their real prices jump more than 30%). We’re not playing that game. $7.99 gets your name over to and $8.99 renews it a year later.

Do the math:
The other guys: $7 today + $10 next year = $17
Want email? Add another $14/year
How about some privacy? Another $9/year
Wow! $30 a year – it adds up quick!

With $7.99 today + $8.99 next year = 16.98
Add email = FREE
Add private registration = FREE
For under $10 a year you can have your own domain, registered privately with email powered by GMail for your domain.

Year after year is a better value than any other registrar. Visit to transfer domains today

Domain Registration Specials

What else? We’ve got some great specials running right now. For a limited time take advantage of there special prices on new one year registrations:

.ME Domains $13.49
.IN Domains $8.99
.US Domains $5.99
.INFO Domains $1.99

Don’t forget that for a limited time you can get a free .US or .INFO domain name when you purchase Rapid Blog. Learn more about Rapid Blog Launches New Level of Account Security

Domain Name Hijacking has been an issue for almost as long as domain names have been around. In 1995 was stolen from it’s registrant in a very high profile case. It was still happening in 2001. In 2003. 2008 was a rough year from Godaddy – they were hit hard twice, in February and again in November and December.

The December incident, arguably one of the most troubling domain thefts in history made us realize how lacking domain registrars have been in dealing with account security.

But a domain name doesn’t have to be stolen to be problematic. USA Today addressed cyber criminal attacks being on the rise today and highlights the recent fiasco:

In another recent attack, someone acquired the user name and password for a system administrator at, the nation’s largest e-bill payment system. Using those log-in credentials, an intruder gained access to CheckFree’s domain name service account ’97 an account that permits the administrator to redirect traffic trying to access CheckFree’s home page to other legitimate company pages.

For several hours, the intruder redirected anyone typing to a Web server in the Ukraine that tried to install a password-stealing Trojan. Although as many as 160,000 customers may have been affected, none had any of his or her data stolen, says Lori Stafford-Thomas, a spokeswoman for Fiserv, the parent company of CheckFree. “CheckFree sites are all up and running properly and securely,” she says.

But the attempt was a sign of things to come, says Amit Klein, CTO of security firm Trusteer.

“The moral of this attack is that it’s so easy to take over your (website),” Klein says. “I just need to get ahold of your user name and password once. And we all know how easy it is to get your credentials.” has long offered some of the industries best tools to keep entire accounts safe with login tracking/emails, history and IP restrictions. We’ve demonstrated once again why registrants trust us with their valuable digital assets by partnering with Verisign to offer their VIP (Verisign Identity Protection) service branded under NameSafe.

The NameSafe service offers a two factor authentication – combining something you know (your username and password) with something only you have access to (your one time randomly generate password) to create a more secure registrar experience. Currently both keyfob and credit card form factors are available for a nominal fee, and soon mobile phone options will be available for even greater convenience. cuts 10% of staff, says goodbye to fantastic team members has always been a close knit family. Even as we expanded last year we’d kept a very family oriented approach to business. We eat together, we play together, we take care of each other. This week our family is smaller as a result of cuts we’ve been forced to make.

As I sat with the individuals who cared for our customers, who made sure our services were the best they can be, I thought about some of the questions I get asked every day:

1. Why do you charge $8.99 for a domain?
2. Why did you raise your price from $5.99?
3. Can you match $6.99 that Registrar X is offering?
4. Can I have a discount code?

Let’s discuss domain economics for a minute:

Every business has a margin. The margins in the domain industry are often razor thin. The cost of a .com name is $7.06 at the moment. In a world where retail margins are often 200%, we eek by with a 21% margin (before credit card processing fees). Out of the 21% we pay payroll & various HR costs, rent, accreditation fees, credit card fees, utilities, technology costs, communications costs, taxes, and various other operating expenses. 18 – 20% is what many of the companies I’ve worked for could expect to put in their profit column.

We began cost cutting measures in October, first with little things like the couple hundred bucks we spent to bring in a chair massage session twice a month, then with some big changes which would save us money like a change in some of our service providers. It wasn’t enough. We had to let go of some very dedicated and very talented folks.

We’re confident that we’ve done the right thing for the health of the company but we’re sad to see members of our family off on their own during this tough economic time. As we move into what is likely to be one of the hardest economic periods our company is likely to encounter we’re hopeful for the future while we keep a keen eye on the bottom line.

We’re not going anywhere. We’re in it for the long haul, but we’re all about letting you know what’s happening behind the orange facade of

We wish our recently departed family members the very best and hope they will find a new work home that will treat them better than ever.

.TEL Landrush Pre-orders Now Being Accepted

We’ve begun accepting Landrush pre-orders for .tel domains. TEL is a very special type of domain name that allows both individuals and organizations the ability to have their contact information on the web without the need to build a website. By utilizing the telHosting Platform you can easily enter and format information in a clear and concise manner. You can find more information on how to use .tel on our .tel information page.

During Landrush the registration price is set at a premium and we’re charging $295 for the three year minimum term.

Landrush pre-orders will be processed on February 3, 2009 on a first come-first serve basis. Any domain names that are not successfully acquired for our customers will be eligible for a refund less a $10 processing fee.

Oh the things in store!

Are you excited? I watch Obama’s acceptance speech last night in the presence of about one hundred strangers at a bar in my neighborhood. There was certainly anticipation in the room leading up to the speech. There was an lush quiet while he spoke. Then excitement. Regeneration. Hope. This, as they say, is a good thing.

When I came into the office today I realized that’s not very different from what’s been going on here at We’ve been pretty quiet lately. Heads down and working hard to beef up our infrastructure to keep up with our phenomenal growth and prepare for even more.

The last several months have been really busy and we’re just starting to see some of the fruits of those labors. Most of those things are completely behind the scenes. It’s no always been easy and it’s not always gone the way we hoped, but go it did.

Over the next several months there’s lots more to do and those are the things I am really excited about. I can’t talk about a lot of them right now but you can expect some enhancements to our feature set, perhaps a facelift and who knows’85 maybe a new product or two. Keep your eyes peeled.

AOL Offering Vanity Email on

This might not interest many of you, but if you remember Mosiac you might remember that was their domain name back in the day. AOL has started offering some vanity email addresses of this and a few other domains. Some of which great like, and, others of which are – shall we say, “longtail” at best.

It’s puzzling to me that they would choose to use something like for this service. There’s so much more that can be done with a short brandable generic like that. It’s a shame really. But I guess when you’re struggling and for sale you make some silly decisions.