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Yes, that’s the number of domain names now registered worldwide according to VeriSign INC, in its latest domain name industry brief. And, at least 7 million new domains were added to the Internet in the first part of 2012 representing a 3.3% growth rate over last year’s numbers.
“The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth, reaching a combined total of approximately 116.7 million domain names in the adjusted zone in the first quarter of 2012,” said VeriSign. “This represents a 2.5 percent increase in the base over the fourth quarter of 2011 and an 8.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2011. The .com registry also grew to more than 100 million domain names during the quarter”
Happy Friday everyone! I just wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know the new Control Panel is really coming along great!
I’m happy to announce that the hosting functions are almost completed.
Tomorrow I will be heading to Boston for HostingCon 2012 so if you’re attending HostingCon this year please shoot me a tweet and let’s meet up!
Once I return I will be posting major updates as we near the finish line for the new control panel.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for choosing Resell.biz!
Happy Monday! I know we’re not used to being happy on Mondays after a nice relaxing weekend but this Monday I can say I’m extremely happy to be in the office.
The reason for that is I came into the office this morning and found the SSL section completed in our new control panel.
Listed below are a few screenshots of the SSL ordering process, please let us know what you think.
Step 1) Choose your SSL Type
Step 2) Generate / Provide a CSR
Step 3) Choose your Webserver type and best contact email address
Step 4) Verify your SSL Information and Submit for processing
Step 5) Order Submitted
And that about wraps up the ordering process. From Step 5 you would locate the email from our SSL Provider Comodo, Approve, and you’re done. All SSL’s will be manageable within the control panel on the SSL overview page as seen here:
Please let us know what you think. SSLs are just one small part of our new platform but a very exciting part as it’s our first SSL offering.
Have a wonderful week!
I’m VERY happy to announce that we will be offering an SSL Certificate product line within the Resell.biz offering!
With out new control panel all Resell.biz customers will be able to sell SSL certificates via control panel and API.
The SSL ordering process will be extremely quick and easy. If you do not have your own CSR when ordering your SSL you can easily create one right inside of our control panel:
Once your SSL order is completed you will be able to access the ordered SSL along with any other SSL certificates under your account with the click of a button in our all-new control panel:
Initially we will have two SSL Certificate options available (Powered by Comodo) as seen above but in the near future we will be offering additional SSL’s from vendors such as Geotrust, Globalsign, etc.
That about wraps it up for now. I will be posting updates related to our upcoming service additions and control panel development as I get them so stay tuned!
Over the last few months we have been working extremely hard at improving our current service offerings and overall experience. With that being said, I would like to let you in on a few things going on around the office here.
First off, we will be launching some major updates to our website as well as our domain and hosting offerings. Not only are we going to be offering dozens of additional TLD’s, but you will see tons of monthly specials allowing you to offer your customers the best possible prices around!
Along with that we will be offering three all new predefined hosting packages allowing you to compete in today’s world of unlimited hosting offerings. These packages are competitively priced and include unlimited space, bandwidth, and many unlimited features.
By now you may be trying to figure out why this blog post is titled “All for one, and one for all!”.
Well the reason I chose that title is because I’m happy to announce we’re going to be merging everything into one easy-to-use control panel. As of right now our customers have to use two separate control panels to manage their domains and hosting services which just makes things difficult! Once our new control panel is launched you will be able to manage ALL of your resell.biz services within one easy to access location.
So please stay tuned as I’ll be posting numerous updates in the weeks to come. We will be announcing a few new service offerings such as Cloud and SSL as well as posting some screenshots of the fancy new control panel.
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week!
114 million .net and .com domains were purchased in the in the final quarter of 2011 which is almost 8% higher than figures recorded in 2010. These numbers were released by Verisign as part of their executive summary contained under quarterly ‘State of the Domain’ reports.
“The largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order, .com, .de (Germany), .net, .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .info, .tk (Tokelau), .nl (Netherlands), .ru (Russian Federation) and .eu (European Union),” said Verisign.
Interestingly, Verisign also recorded about 64 billion DNS queries to its system in the final part of 2011. This is a staggering figure! There was also a 73% domain renewal rate for .com and .net extensions over the third quarter.
These figures above are great news for domain and website resellers, as they offer clear indications that there is income to be made by web entrepreneurs. Plus, there are zero fees and zero commitments to get started as a domain reseller. The risk levels are low and the rewards great.
Opportunities exist to resell .com, .net, .info, .biz, .name, .us and .in domains to an international audience. Generally, you can expect your new reseller account to feature privacy protection, domain forwarding and mail forwarding, managed DNS, domain theft protection and high-level control panel or management tools.
Plus, all of the above is wrapped up in a white label reseller package which allows you to tightly manage your company branding experience without letting any of your customers (or competitors) know you are using Resell.biz to power your domain business.
By the way, in the fourth quarter of 2011 Verisign reports that there 225 million domain name registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.9 million domain names, or 2.7 percent over the third quarter. Registrations have grown by more than 20.4 million, or 10 percent, since the fourth quarter of 2010. You can see why domain-reselling packages are becoming so popular!
The .CO began life in 1999 under the direction of Colombia’s Universidad de los Andes who quickly understood that the shortened extension might have some commercial value.
It soon found it self in the cross-hairs of the Colombian government who rejected their bid to treat the domain like a .COM extension. The government viewed the domain as a public asset and exerted extreme pressure on the University to relinquish its control or at the very least refrain from commercializing the domain.
The University had intended sub-contracting the domain out to an independent registrar via an international bidding process. To do this it had to get the permission from ICANN, the international body controlling all domain names.
Meetings took place between the University, Government and ICANN, resulting in a mixed outcome. At one point it looked like the Colombian government had decided not to override the University’s control.
However unbeknownst to the University, the Colombian government passed a resolution to put the domain under its partial regulatory control and gave notice to ICANN about the law and it’s new parental guidance. The University was still allowed to administer the domain, but the Government basically had final say over any domain action, including commercialization.
This resulted in more disagreements between the University and the Government, until a defining moment in 2006 when Colombia issued Law 1065, which ordered that full administration control be placed under the Ministry of Communications.
ICANN initially attempted to influence the Colombian government as to how re-delegation of the domain should proceed, including a bottom-up rather than top-down selection process. However, the government held firm in its wish to exclusively administer the domain under the Ministry of Education, despite objections from ICANN throughout much of 2007.
ICANN then issued the statement in 2008 that “that unless there was a proposed operator for .CO the “due diligence [for redelegation process] could not be made”.
Eventually a bidding procurement process took place between .CO Internet SAS and VeriSign Switzerland SA for the right to delegate the domain on behalf of the Government. The Government elected the former due to VeriSign’s apparently lacking “specific experience”.
By 2010, the administration of the .CO domain was transferred from the University to .CO Internet SAS, under the regulatory and policy supervision of the Ministry of Communications of Colombia.
In July, 2010, the .CO domain was open for worldwide business. By 2012, nearly 1 million .CO domains had been registered and this number is expected to reach 5 million by around 2017.
By contrast the .COM domain now stands at around 84 million, probably more.
Thus, .CO domain registrations looks set to exponentially surge upwards which is why registrars like Go Daddy are spent upwards of $3 million for a 30 second commercial spot on Super Bowl Sunday.
It has been an interesting couple of weeks. We just pushed our first large revision of functionality within the hosting platform. Here are a couple of items we have drastically improved:
|Improvement||What it Does|
|Reseller Views||Resellers can now easily view all services, accounts and sub accounts under their reseller account.|
|Search||Search for accounts, services and orders all from a single location.|
|Improved Order Management Controls||Better filtering, sorting and functionality including deleting and rejecting orders.|
|Full Screen Support||Turn off windowed navigation and use the control panel as a browser if you’d like.|
|Password Management||Password synchronization between cPanel and the reseller control panel is now complete. If Reseller control panel passwords are lost, easy e-mail retrieval is now available.|
Overall, the Control panel is coming along nicely. The aesthetic changes that have happened recently have been outstanding. We’d like to hear what you would like to see though, drop us an e-mail or leave a comment to this post.
We’ve also been hard at work preparing for Hosting Con! We have been fabricating a custom putting green, who knew it was so much fun to work with foam and fiberglass ;-). It is going to be quite challenging, but a hole-in-one will earn our visitors the chance to win one of several apple products we’ll be giving away at the conference. Are you an Apple fan boy? Would you enjoy a new iPod or Mac? You should stop by our booth and put your putting skills to the test. We’ve also worked out a great relationship with our friends at cPanel. We are sponsoring a large portion of the cPanel party. Check it out!
It has been quite some time since I took a moment to post about our progress. I am happy to announce, if you haven’t already noticed, the release of our new Classic Reseller Hosting product! I am quite proud of it.
The journey from concept to launch has been rather complex but that has made it interesting. At times we found ourselves stuck in a tug-of-war battle between a delivery timeline, necessary functionality, handy (desired) features and pricing. We have worked hard to ensure the core functionality is up to our expectations and at the same time, we have built out a list of features we want to add in short order. There were a couple of times we had to go back to the drawing board to ensure we lived up to our standards. Our development team demonstrated quick thinking and quicker coding, hats off to them!
Now on to a little explanation and maybe a bit of road-mapping. From the outset, we were determined to start shaping Resell.biz into a one stop Reseller shop. We wanted to develop a platform with a line of products that would be easy to buy, configure and re-sell and we wanted to do it in a way that is cost effective and all from a single location. The new control panel and the cheap reseller hosting available therein are just the first steps of many towards our end goal. By years end, we’ll be offering Reseller in/of the Cloud, Reseller of Dedicated Servers and we’ll have introduced a new Domain Management module for our new control panel for you Domain Managers ;-).
So lets get into some of the existing features of the control panel. First of all, the control panel operates more like an operating system with a tab or task bar. You can interact with the control panel in several ways at the same time and updates in one open window will impact the others. It has been segmented into logical operating areas. Resources to be resold can be scaled as desired and client control panels are only a click away (no password or URL to remember). We have also been able to squeeze in an unlimited sub-reseller model; thats right, resellers can host unlimited resellers!
So whats on the docket for polishing and refinement, you ask. We’ve got some work to do on our password management utilities and some additional resource consumption warning and tracking functionality including a “smart” growth notification system. We will add a full client communication module including a full-function dashboard and e-mail communication with full mailing list management capabilities. Easy SSH access for Resellers to each of their end-user accounts. We’ll also build out a server farm and network status page and a full reporting platform. Custom name-server and reverse DNS management is on the horizon as well. My actual list of refinements is quite long and I am sure I’ve missed something of interest in my summary but we are excited to get this up and running. As always, we are interested what you think so far.
We are so interested in your feedback that we are making it impossible for you to turn down your chance to experience our new product. For the next month, each new reseller will receive 10 GB of disk space and 50 GB bandwidth free for their first month! Thats right, an easy way to start your hosting business with no strings attached and no payment necessary. Don’t pass go, head right over to our sign up form and fill it out. If you’re only interested in the free stuff(who can resist free stuff ;-)), elect to configure your resources later. Don’t worry, we assume you want the free stuff an include it anyway!
Its been a couple of weeks since I posted. The anxiety has been building and along with it, the stress, I have this nagging tension pain between my shoulder blades, but we are really close to launching our new platform. Talking about the progress we have made feels therapeutic to be honest.
So you may ask, “whats so different with your pricing model that it deserves its own post.” Here is the skinny: Buy what you need, when you need it and do it from your control panel instantly.
There were some risks associated with this model and they were intimidating to some degree. You know what they say though, if a change didn’t scare you, it probably wasn’t big enough. This is really where we start to take our stand. If one considers what type of position this puts us in with our clients, one would soon see that giving our resellers the ability to buy only what they need, instantly removes our ability to market our Classic Reseller Hosting by overselling it. Yes you read that correctly, this is the end of overselling and it fits our stability focus like a glove. We aren’t going to oversell and overpopulate our servers, we can’t. We did however determine what our pricing per resource unit has to be to remain profitable and we are going to stick to it.
Applying this same pricing model to our competition, you’ll realize that our price per resource unit is higher than our competition. The difference is that we expect you to use up every scrap of the resources you purchase rather than selling you a product we hope you never crack open. I think the price differences are minimal once you consider this perspective and once you factor in the increased stability introduced by our focus, our product becomes a no brainer.
Our Classic Reseller Hosting pricing model will allow our resellers to buy Disk Space, Bandwidth and IP Addresses independently of one another and in small increments. We won’t limit resellers to the number of accounts they create or host while still giving them the ability to administer their packages and marketing as they see fit.
Pricing will be broken into two tiers with better pricing provided to those resellers that buy more. We still made this simple however, and the threshold into the 2nd tier pricing will simply be the amount of disk space purchased for resell. Once our resellers have purchased more than 100 GB of disk space from us per month, they will automatically be moved into our 2nd tier of pricing.
All in all this is an exciting time, but I am glad that we are getting close to launch. The next several weeks will be very interesting!