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WordPress ditches grammar checker

Automattic drops Proofreading tool from latest JetPack release.

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WordPress has sunset its Proofreading tool in JetPack.

WordPress creator Automattic has ditched a great feature in the latest update to its JetPack plugin.

As of the newly released JetPack 7.3, Proofreading is no longer supported.

The proofreading tool checked posts for grammar and spelling prior to publishing them. I found it to be a good tool that often caught stuff that other grammar checkers missed. It also made good word-choice suggestions.

WordPress engineer James Huff stated that the feature was dropped because other tools get the job done:

We removed the feature as it has become a bit redundant lately. Most major web browsers have some form of this already built-in, and free extensions like [Grammarly] are making huge strides in the field.

It felt like the right time to back out of that field and focus more on everything else we offer.

I imagine it took a lot of resources to keep this featuring working. It’s good news for Grammarly; I’ll probably upgrade to its paid version.

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WordPress ditches grammar checker

 Domain Name Wire: Automattic drops Proofreading tool from latest JetPack release. WordPress creator Automattic has ditched a great feature in the latest update to its JetPack plugin. As of the newly released JetPack 7.3, Proofreading is no longer supported. The proofreading tool checked posts for grammar and spelling prior to publishing them. I found ...

Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

Wix adds fewer paying customers in Q1 compared to a year ago.

Wix website builder logoWebsite builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) added a net 180,000 paying customers in Q1 2019, the company reported in its earnings release today. That brings the total to 4.2 million.

By comparison, it added 231,000 net paying customers in Q1 2018 and 147,000 in Q4 2018.

Wix added 6.6 million new registered users in the quarter, bringing the total to 148 million. Only about 3% of its registered users are paying customers.

Revenue for the quarter was $174.3 million, up 27% year-over-year. Collections (essentially billings) were up 26% to $200.4 million.

The company expects Q2 revenue in the $182 million – $184 million range.

Read the DNW Wix review.

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Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

Wix adds fewer paying customers in Q1 compared to a year ago.

Wix website builder logoWebsite builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) added a net 180,000 paying customers in Q1 2019, the company reported in its earnings release today. That brings the total to 4.2 million.

By comparison, it added 231,000 net paying customers in Q1 2018 and 147,000 in Q4 2018.

Wix added 6.6 million new registered users in the quarter, bringing the total to 148 million. Only about 3% of its registered users are paying customers.

Revenue for the quarter was $174.3 million, up 27% year-over-year. Collections (essentially billings) were up 26% to $200.4 million.

The company expects Q2 revenue in the $182 million – $184 million range.

Read the DNW Wix review.

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Don’t give your web developer access to your domain registrar account

Another business says it lost its domain to a web developer.

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I know I’ve written about this many times, but if these stories prevent just one legal issue then it’s worth it.

Please, don’t give your web developer full access to your domain name registrar account.

Yesterday, a web site owner in Nevada filed a lawsuit (pdf) against a contract developer alleging that the developer has taken over his domain name and business.

EB Publishing, Inc. publishes ApplianceRepair.net. It hired Adrian Bursill to do work on its website. Now it alleges that he abused his access to the registrar account and switched the ownership of the website to his name.

Historical Whois records for the domain show that it changed from EB Publishing to Bursill in 2016. The domain has not switched registrars.

EB Publishing has operated the website since 1998 but says it has now lost control of it.

Your web developer should not need access to your domain registrar account. If they want access to change nameservers (which I still recommend you do yourself), make sure the access limits what they can do in the account. They should not be able to change domain contacts or transfer the domain.

Greenberg & Lieberman is representing EB Publishing.

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.Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

CentralNic wins another registry contract.

Logo for WordPress' .blog top level domain nameAutomattic, the company behind WordPress, is switching backend registry providers for its .blog top level domain name.

The company has used Nominet since the launch but will switch to CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) later this year.

Nominet is the registry for .uk domain names. CentralNic is a diversified domain name company that has won many registry contracts with its flexible pricing.

Michele Neylon, CEO of domain name registrar Blacknight, noted that many new TLD operators signed contracts before they knew how big their zones would be. Now that they have a better idea, they might get a better deal from another backend registry provider.

He also pointed out that registry provider switches are a pain for registrars. I suspect registrars are getting used to these changes as the original contracts come up for renewal.

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.Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

CentralNic wins another registry contract.

Logo for WordPress' .blog top level domain nameAutomattic, the company behind WordPress, is switching backend registry providers for its .blog top level domain name.

The company has used Nominet since the launch but will switch to CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) later this year.

Nominet is the registry for .uk domain names. CentralNic is a diversified domain name company that has won many registry contracts with its flexible pricing.

Michele Neylon, CEO of domain name registrar Blacknight, noted that many new TLD operators signed contracts before they knew how big their zones would be. Now that they have a better idea, they might get a better deal from another backend registry provider.

He also pointed out that registry provider switches are a pain for registrars. I suspect registrars are getting used to these changes as the original contracts come up for renewal.

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Wix nets 180k paying subscribers in Q1

 Domain Name Wire: Wix adds fewer paying customers in Q1 compared to a year ago. Website builder Wix (NASDAQ: WIX) added a net 180,000 paying customers in Q1 2019, the company reported in its earnings release today. That brings the total to 4.2 million. By comparison, it added 231,000 net paying customers in Q1 2018 and 147,000 in […] © DomainNam...

Don’t give your web developer access to your domain registrar account

 Domain Name Wire: Another business says it lost its domain to a web developer. I know I’ve written about this many times, but if these stories prevent just one legal issue then it’s worth it. Please, don’t give your web developer full access to your domain name registrar account. Yesterday, a web site owner in Nevada filed a […...

.Blog jumps from Nominet to CentralNic

 Domain Name Wire: CentralNic wins another registry contract. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, is switching backend registry providers for its .blog top level domain name. The company has used Nominet since the launch but will switch to CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) later this year. Nominet is the registry for .uk domain names. CentralNic is a...

Escrow.com: Domain sales jumped in Q1

Escrow provider reports robust domain name market in 2019.

Online escrow service Escrow.com released its Q1 market report (pdf) today, showing that domain sales were strong to start 2019.

Escrow.com handled $85 million of domain name and website transactions during Q1 2019. This was up both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year:

Chart shows Escrow.com Q1 2019 sales were higher than Q4 2018 and Q1 2018.

The United States continues to be Escrow.com’s largest source of transactions. It represents over 70% of transactions. Canada was surprisingly the second largest source of transactions during Q1 (when you split China and Hong Kong):

Chart shows that the United States is the largest for Escrow.com, followed by Canada in Q1 2019

In addition to domain names, Escrow.com handled $15.2 million of website sales (domain plus content) in the quarter with a median price of $9,800.

Domain names without content traded at a median price of $2,500, the same as the previous five quarters.

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Escrow.com: Domain sales jumped in Q1

Escrow provider reports robust domain name market in 2019.

Online escrow service Escrow.com released its Q1 market report (pdf) today, showing that domain sales were strong to start 2019.

Escrow.com handled $85 million of domain name and website transactions during Q1 2019. This was up both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year:

Chart shows Escrow.com Q1 2019 sales were higher than Q4 2018 and Q1 2018.

The United States continues to be Escrow.com’s largest source of transactions. It represents over 70% of transactions. Canada was surprisingly the second largest source of transactions during Q1 (when you split China and Hong Kong):

Chart shows that the United States is the largest for Escrow.com, followed by Canada in Q1 2019

In addition to domain names, Escrow.com handled $15.2 million of website sales (domain plus content) in the quarter with a median price of $9,800.

Domain names without content traded at a median price of $2,500, the same as the previous five quarters.

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5 Domain Name Thoughts

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about lately.

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It must be difficult for expired domain name research tools to compete with ExpiredDomains.net. It’s hard to beat free with such a solid feature set.

There’s a new domain name generator out that you might want to check out, called NameBounce. I tried it and got some good results. My favorite name generator is still LeanDomainSearch, and it appears to have gotten an upgrade recently.

Sedo’s auction board isn’t as active as GoDaddy and NameJet, but it’s worth stopping in from time-to-time. Right now Jet.biz has 16 bids and is $650. GV.biz has 17 bids and is EUR 355. Someone placed a $4,200 bid on FreeSlots.casino; I suspect that was pushed to auction after an offer.

Speaking of Sedo, I’d like to give them props for continuing to publish sales data. It’s very helpful for the industry.

For everyone who blasts GoDaddy’s appraisals, I challenge them to sort an expired domain list by the GoValues. Each value might not be perfect, but you’ll notice a marked drop in quality as you go down the list.

I sold another domain through Afternic today and I’m thinking it’s time for me to switch to buy now landers. I waste lots of time responding to inquiries with prices. I like how easy buy now is.

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Could Chrome downplay domains?

Some users report a change in the latest version of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome shows recently-visited sites when you start typing the domain. Some users report this has changed to prioritize search results.

Back in the old days, web browsers had just an address bar. Type in a domain name and hit enter. Type in part of a domain and the browser automatically added .com to it.

That changed with the combined web address/search box. This impacted type-in traffic to websites but it was certainly user-friendly. It makes navigating the web much easier.

Ghacks has spotted behavior in the latest build of Google Chrome that could downplay domain names and previously visited sites even more.

The site has discovered that Google is promoting search over recently visited sites. Start typing the domain of a site you visited and it defaults to a search query rather than autocompleting the domain and letting you hit enter to visit it.

I have not been able to replicate this behavior even though I am using the same version of Chrome. I have tried it both logged in and logged out.

Ghacks shows a fix, and it leads me to believe that people experiencing this are facing a bug rather than a feature. While it makes since from a user standpoint to combine the address bar and search box, making it harder for visitors to access recently-visited websites does not. As much as Google would like more search traffic, I don’t think it would take this step.

I don’t think everything Google does that downplays domains is user-friendly. I have major concerns about not showing the full URL in the browser or replacing it with a site name in search results. That’s is a security issue.

But I don’t think Chrome would purposefully put search results above sites you want to visit again.

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5 Domain Name Thoughts

 Domain Name Wire: Here are some things I’ve been thinking about lately. It must be difficult for expired domain name research tools to compete with ExpiredDomains.net. It’s hard to beat free with such a solid feature set. There’s a new domain name generator out that you might want to check out, called NameBounce. I tried it and got [...

Could Chrome downplay domains?

 Domain Name Wire: Some users report a change in the latest version of Google Chrome. Back in the old days, web browsers had just an address bar. Type in a domain name and hit enter. Type in part of a domain and the browser automatically added .com to it. That changed with the combined web address/search box. This […] © DomainNameWire.com 2019. T...

Building Great.com with Erik Bergman – DNW Podcast #236

Is a great dot com all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s an update from someone who paid $900k for a domain.

dnw-podcastA year after paying $900,000 for Great.com, Erik Bergman is starting to ramp up the business. Listen to today’s show to find out what Erik is building on Great.com and his progress so far. You’ll learn:

  • If he thinks it was worthwhile to spend $900k on Great.com
  • What Erik would say to anyone thinking about buying a premium domain name
  • How he’s going to leverage the domain name to build a business that donates all of its profits to charity

You can listen to Erik’s original interview in episode 182.

This week’s sponsor: Name.com.

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PIR’s rebrand takes shape

Domain company files trademark applications for new logos.

Public Interest Registry, the non-profit that manages the .org top level domain name, is in the middle of a rebrand. It can’t happen soon enough; my eyes tear up every time I visit its website that has light blue text on a dark blue background.

We now have the first glimpse of this rebrand. The organization filed three intent-to-use trademark applications for new logos. Here’s a comparison of the old PIR logo vs. the new one:

Image showing old PIR logo (left) and new logo (right)

Each of the top level domains will also get a refreshed logo. Here’s the planned .org logo:

New .Org domain logo

I imagine they will have a color that matches the organization’s new color scheme.

New logos will be nice but I’ll settle for a website with readable text.

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CentralNic revenue doubled in 2018

Acquisitions boost CentralNic in 2018.

CentralNic logoDomain name company CentralNic (London AIM: CNIC) reported full year 2018 results today.

The company’s revenue doubled to £42.7 million and gross profit was up 69% to £19.7m.

Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes share based payments, expense for options, premium domain sales, foreign exchange, and non core operating costs, was up 66% to £7.0m.

The boost came courtesy of the company’s acquisition of KeyDrive last year. It also acquired the .sk country code manager just before 2018. .Sk contributed £1.7 to EBITDA in 2018.

In its earnings report, the company made it clear that it plans to grow by acquiring more companies.

It’s encouraging that the company is getting off the premium domain treadmill — it even removed premium domain revenue from its main revenue number. Whether that was by choice or necessity, it bodes well for future years. The company had essentially no premium domain revenue in 2018; it had £3.0m in 2017.

 

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Building Great.com with Erik Bergman – DNW Podcast #236

 Domain Name Wire: Is a great dot com all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s an update from someone who paid $900k for a domain. A year after paying $900,000 for Great.com, Erik Bergman is starting to ramp up the business. Listen to today’s show to find out what Erik is building on Great.com and his progress so […] © DomainNameWire.com 201...
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