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GoDaddy Outage: Dangers of Domain Name Registration and Hosting

By Internet Lawyer

When website hosting at GoDaddy went out for six hours, site owners were ticked off. Whether caused by tech gremlins or hackers, there’s a bigger point that needs to be made for business website owners…
Never have your website hosted by the same company where your site’s domain name is registered.
If your site goes down for any reason (hacking, IT problems, copyright infringement claims, etc.), it’s a lot harder to go live again if your website’s domain name is registered with the same company that hosts your content. You’re at the mercy of one company that’s probably being swamped with client support calls if there’s a mass web hosting outage.
Instead, use separate companies to register your domains and host the content for the related sites. If your content goes down, you should be able to quickly point the domain name to new servers at an alternative host.
In other words, don’t put your domain name registrations and website hosting in one basket of risk.
As a final note, let me say that I generally like and have used GoDaddy as a registrar. Other than the GoDaddy’s dumb initial support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that it retracted, GoDaddy is a pretty decent company. But like its competing hosts and domain registrars, you should seriously consider picking them to do one thing for you and finding another company to handle the other.

ICANN TLDs: Get ready for domain name hell

By Intellectual Property, Internet Lawyer

Until now .com has been king when it comes to domain names. ICANN is changing that by unleashing thousands of new top level domain suffixes upon the world.

A couple thousand applications have been submitted for new TLDs (PDF file)…each with a $185,000 application fee.

Of course, there’s competition. For example, Amazon, Google, and five other companies look like they’re heading to an auction to see who gets .music

Making some Internet lawyers happy, there’s going to be intellectual property fights clogging the courts in addition to mucking up the search engine results. Two drug companies are fighting over .merck with some interesting trademark implications if they don’t come to an agreement. Chances are the owner of the existing ClassicSpa.com isn’t going to be happy about a new Classic.spa

Will these new TLDs be worth anything for search engine purposes? Google and Microsoft (Bing) seem to think so. Google appears to have applied for more than 100 of these TLDs. Microsoft wants 11 of them.

Barring a lawsuit preventing it, or a change of plans by ICANN, you should start seeing these new domain suffixes online by 2Q2013.

3 things you must know when buying or selling a website

By Internet Lawyer

If you want to buy or sell a website, here are a few things you’ll want to consider…

1. Will there be a broker involved? Website brokers can put buyers and sellers together but there will be a commission for doing so. Know who the broker is representing (you or the other side).

2. Will the website’s assets be sold (e.g. domain name, client list, etc.) or will the entity (e.g. corporation or limited liability company) that owns the website be sold? There are different liability issues depending upon how the sale is structured.

3. If only part of the purchase price is being paid up front, how will the intellectual property (e.g. domain name, copyrights, etc.) be protected if payments stop? Who will own it? The buyer or the seller?

It’s a great time to buy websites if you’re looking to own your own business. It’s also a nice time to sell websites because many downsized employees are looking to own their own business.

Just be careful when structuring the transaction so that you’re not getting burned in the process.

TIP: A great way to pick up some websites related to what you’re already doing online is to search for a keyword/key phrase in your business on Google. Find some aged sites with stale content that are still ranking on pages 2 or 3 of the search results for your keyword or phrase, and make the website owner a lowball offer for the site.

Internet Lawyer: Domain Names and How to Avoid Losing Yours

By Internet Lawyer

With police speed traps now using cameras, drivers have had enough abuse of the system. Let’s face it. Traffic tickets have little to do with public safety and everything to do with revenue raising. Where I live, the donut patrol sits near affluent shopping centers and stops luxury vehicles because the police know the drivers will pay the tickets. This means that the Internet lawyer, the small business owner, the doctor, etc. get ticketed.

In a metro area where 1 out of 5 residents are illegal aliens, many of whom drive without licenses and auto insurance, three guesses which cars don’t get stopped. The banged-up old Honda with peeling do-it-your-self window tinting, smoke blowing out the tail pipe, and using the spare tire as a regular wheel suddenly turns invisible as it speeds by the cop car. The police know pulling over the driver means extra work but no money for the city.

What’s this have to do with domain names? There’s a guy in another city who got nailed with a $90 speeding ticket. As he did some research online, he discovered that the police department had let its domain name registration lapse. So he registered the domain name and turned it into an anti-speed trap web site. Good for him. Bad for the cops.

But this story is an important reminder to make sure your domain names don’t lapse and get poached by someone else before you have a chance to renew them. It’s expensive to retain an Internet lawyer and try to fight to get your domain name back after it’s been lost or stolen.

Here are some things you can do to protect your domains.

  • Although it may make sense to register speculative domain names for a year, your bread-and-butter profitable sites should be registered for multiple years. Consider doing at least 5 years if you can. That gives you some time to build up the sites without having to worry when the domain name is going to expire this year.
  • Be sure to mark expiration dates on your calender if you don’t have the domains set up for autorenewal. Ideally, you’ll want autorenewal in place too.
  • Verify that your credit card info on file for registration is accurate and conbusiness that the card isn’t going to expire before renewal will take place.
  • Restrict domain name transfers to reduce the risk someone impersonates you to hijack your domain.
  • Make sure your registrar has valid contact info for you, including at least two up-to-date e-mail addresses and current phone number.
  • And if your domain name includes a unique term, consider getting a registered trademark for that term if it qualifies.

For more details, talk about this issue with your Internet lawyer. If you have other tips for domain name protection, feel free to leave them as comments.

Best wishes,

-Mike the Internet lawyer

P.S. To protect your business when outsourcing work, check out the InstaSourcing System I created for entrepreneurs like you.

Speedy Domain Registration And Protecting Your Domain Names

By Internet Lawyer

Several of my domains were registered through SpeedyDomainRegistration.com, a reseller. As two were about to expire, I renewed them and paid through PayPal. I subsequently received notice from DotRegistrar.com that the domains were being canceled because of nonpayment.

When I provided the PayPal receipt to DotRegistrar, they explained that Speedy had been doing this for months, collecting fees, not passing on funds to DotRegistrar, and that DotRegistrar was unable to contact Speedy. A scam?
As you can see at this link, it is apparently a common problem for those who used Speedy for domain registrations.
Here’s what I did.

1. Attempted to e-mail Speedy. All e-mail bounced back as undeliverable. Left a voice mail message at the contact number. No response.

2. Faxed the info for all my domains registered through Speedy to DotRegistrar together with a copy of my ID to prove ownership.

3. Renewed the domains directly through DotRegistrar at www.MyDomain.com.

4. Disputed the PayPal payment to Speedy based on fraud.

According to WHOIS, Speedy’s domain is registered to:

Tom Sonsuwan
269 N Slate St
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Tel: 866.515.8191

Fortunately, most of my domains were registered elsewhere and DotRegistar was helpful in fixing the problem.

If you’re in a similar situation consider following the steps that I did.

If you’re considering using Speedy for domain registration, at least you know the risks.