That was a close one... we were almost shut down!
I'm sure everyone here keeps up with the latest tech news so you were probably aware of this well before I was. Well yesterday I was perusing Digg when I saw a story on RegisterFly. Seems RegisterFly, which I had been using to register our domain nbrid.net, has had some "issues" over the past month (some say year). Some of these "issues" included people losing their domain names, names not being renewed on time and users having to pay $160 to get them back, not to mention customer support has been AWOL for ages. Uh-oh...
Suffice to say while I'm willing to fork over 8 bucks every year for this shit hole, 160 and say goodbye to this place.
It sure was fun trying to unlock the domain so I could transfer it to another registrar. It took three tries to get it to actually unlock despite the fact it kept saying it was. Getting up-to-date info in the whois by turning off ProtectFly was a real chore. It kept giving errors, and in fact I'm really not sure how I eventually got it off. I was then able to at least get some auth code I need to transfer.
At least I can say today the transfer was made complete and now nbrid.net is not only registered for another year (expires in Aug of 2008, god knows why), but we are away from that so-called 'evil' place.
So long Registerfly. I only used it originally because it would host our domain at no additional cost, which when using free web hosts is a necessity though isn't needed anymore since we have a real web host these days. I had heard a few horror stories about Registerfly, but since I never had any problems (I only have one domain after all) I didn't really see a need to go through the whole transfer process. Yesterday I did.
We are now registered through Namecheap, an eNom reseller. As an interesting aside, originally Registerfly was an eNom reseller. It was just last year they became a full ICANN accredited registrar and I guess when I renewed nbrid.net last year it in essace transfered the domain from eNom to Registerfly unbeknown to me. Well it's back where it belongs I guess.
What's great is even though they are in this mess and are losing their ICANN accreditation at the end of March there is NO mention of it on their site (GoDaddy has decided to take advantage of the situation and even they have it mentioned). Supposedly after a failed takeover and this whole mess the owner is trying to regain control. But even if you believe that BS after all that's been written only a fool would give them any money. Who knows what will happen to domains still registered through them at the end of this month... but nbrid.net will remain spreading the story of Tupac's rebirth across the internet! And you know those domain harvesters would be all over nbrid.net since LeapFish.com has its value up to $72,000 these days...