Registrars consider the cost of changes and number of customers impacted before implementing registry pricing exceptions.
The new top level domain name program has ushered in a new era of complexity for domain pricing. The biggest change has been multiple pricing tiers based on the domain. There was also complex variations for landrush. Now that domains have been out for a few years, we’re also seeing price changes and grandfathered pricing for some domain names.
For example, Donuts has changed the prices on a handful of domains and grandfathered existing registrations. Some registries, such as MMX, have dropped premium renewals but only on domains registered after certain dates. And Uniregistry recently jacked up the prices on many of its domains, but later agreed to grandfather existing registrations.
All of these changes create work for domain name registrars, and some of them are balking at the changes.
After dropping Uniregistry domain names in the wake of the price hike, GoDaddy now sells Uniregistry domain names but isn’t implementing grandfathering on the renewal of existing domains. I reached out to Godaddy to ask why. In a statement, SVP & GM, Domains Mike McLaughlin said: Click here to continue reading…