GB.com among domain names that will no longer operate like a registry.
CentralNic (LSE:CNIC) is going to terminate a handful of third level domain name options it offered to registrants the same way second level domain names are registered.
Domains registered under .AR.COM, .GB.COM, .HU.COM, .KR.COM, .QC.COM, .NO.COM, .SE.COM, AND .UY.COM will no longer work after April 30, 2017.
CentralNic offered domains like example.gb.com and example.se.com through registrars, the same way you would register example.com or example.info.
As CentralNic CEO Ben Crawford explained on Domain Name Wire Podcast #79, CentralNic owns some of the second level domains it operates as registries, and partners with third parties for others.
The appreciation of two letter domain name values probably means that most of them have more value being sold than operated as a registry.
CentralNic is trying to make amends to registrars’ customers by offering another third level domain for free for two years. .XYZ and .co.com are also offering free registrations to CentralNic’s customers.
Of course, changing domain names is a real pain. I would recommend that customers not transition to another pseudo domain name, and instead, switch to a true second level domain choice.
Users of GB.com domains have been inconvenienced before. Their websites stopped resolving when there was a dispute over control of the domain name.
I suspect the termination of these other strings will also give pause to registrars that offer CentralNic’s third level domains. Is it worth the customer backlash?