Reason #9,999 why I love Namecheap – they’re out there right now fighting for our rights as domain owners

Okay, this post is going to read like a Namecheap lovefest, and for good reason – the popular domain registrar has decided to take a major stand against the recent .ORG and .INFO price increases. It’s pretty incredible to hear that a registrar is fighting against something that could actually make them more money…but that’s what makes Namecheap so unique.

I first read the news on DomainNameWire.com and today DomainIncite.com provided some really good in-depth coverage of everything Namecheap is doing to fight the price increase.

The filing that Namecheap made is public, so if you want to read all the nitty gritty details, you can check out the full PDF here. Here’s a look at the first page:

The point Namecheap is making feels pretty darn logical, in essence they’re saying this decision goes against ICANN’s Core Values and will in the end stifle innovation.

I think we all know why ICANN removed the price caps…to make more money, period. So far ICANN has provided no sound reasoning as to how this will be a benefit to anyone, it’s really just a license to print more money at the expense of .ORG and .INFO owners.

I applaud Namecheap for taking a stand here, for me personally I know I’ll never buy a .ORG or .INFO domain again. In a sea of new domain name extensions I think price increases on .ORG and .INFO will only deter people from registering and renewing these domains.

Can anyone think of a single logical reason ICANN could come up with for explaining why these price increases align with their Core Values? I sure can’t!

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  • Michael July 25, 2019, 9:58 am

    Thank you for your willingness to raise these important issues and stating unequivocally your pro-domainer/pro-consumer opinions. And thank you to Namecheap for standing up when no others would. It’s notable that a scrappy up and coming company is taking this stand as opposed to the entrenched registrars that have more of an interest in the status quo or even in seeing prices rise. That’s how the old guard gets replaced. And that’s the sound of my domains moving over to Namecheap.

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  • Jose July 25, 2019, 10:10 am

    Namecheap is brave, he does not think that he will lose money, if doing this is because he is more for his customer account than being the most affected.

    Now the challenge is on the table for Godaddy, Tucows ………

    Happy Day. Jose.

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  • kun July 25, 2019, 11:05 am

    Great job NameCheap! Way to show you are a great registrar! One for the people. Not for the few elite who are entrenched in politics, backdoor deals, and revolving doors!

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  • Michael July 25, 2019, 11:25 am

    Maybe the goal is just to keep .com number one forever! By hurting .ORG and .INFO doesn’t that just make .com better? Looking at namecheaps prices, I only pay 10.79 a year for .ORG and they charge 14.98 so what does that mean?

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  • Nick July 28, 2019, 11:10 am

    Reason 0001 why I no longer like, nor will purchase domains at, namecheap? SMS SPAM. Yep, in the past 2 months I’ve received 3 SMS spams, per week, from namecheap registered domains. I have complained to abuse@namecheap.com WITH screen shots of my spam + screen shots of the registration of the name — showing that the timing of these registrations and the SMS spam time are usually within 10 minutes of the domain being registered.

    The reply I got? “We cant do anything, contact the FCC” Thats BS. They CAN do something. Shut down their ability to email and investigate. If found guilty then shut down the domain name completely.

    My screen shots were enough to incriminate these spammers. Here is an example spam:

    “This Keto supplement can help you shed 51lbs in 59 days. Get your bottle at http://l9csro.com/yqect . ssjjcj *** Text no to stop *****”

    If you look at the registration details you find the creation date is: Creation Date: 2019-07-26T23:07:43.00Z and the date/time I received the spam is: 2019-07-26 at 9:43PM at my time zone. Given the difference between zulu and my time zone, the spam came in 37 minutes after the domains registration.

    ALL of the domains are cryptic like l9csro.com and ALL of them are namecheap and ALL of them result in SMS Spam that cant be blocked because there is no phone number associated with the spam.

    Namecheap knows who is purchasing these domains and can take action – if they wish to, but they dont want to so they have lost a customer over this. I used to spend a lot of money with them, thousands a year but not any more. I am transferring my names out and wont register any new ones with them.

    Call the FCC… yea.

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