Major price increases on selected domains?

We’ve been contacted by a number of customers confused about rumored price increases on Uniregistry Corporation-owned domain extensions. This article seeks to clear up misconceptions and give our customers the information they need to make informed decisions about impending price increases.

Q: Are prices dramatically increasing? Should I be worried?

A: Yes, but only for 12 TLDs and not until September 8, 2017. You should be concerned if you own domains with any of the following Uniregistry Corporation-owned extensions:

.audio
.blackfriday
.christmas
.diet
.flowers
.guitars
.hiphop
.hosting
.juegos
.property
.sexy
.tattoo

Our wholesale cost is slated to increase at least $10 on each of these extensions and in some cases our cost at the registry will increase over $100. Most notably .hosting and .juegos will see a wholesale price increase that will result in those domains being sold for over $300/year. We’ve yet to determine our final retail prices.

In addition, we expect a few dollars per year increase on:
.click
.link
.pics
.help

 

Q: Ack! I own domains in those TLDs! How do I avoid paying the increased price?

A: Since our costs are going up, there’s not a lot we can do after September 8th. However, there is something you can do now: add multiple years of registration to your domain before the price goes up. To do so, click the little circle arrow icon next to your domain in Domain Management:

…and click “Renew Now” to add a maximum of ten years of registration at today’s pre-hike rates.

 

Q: How do other registrars feel about this?

A: We’re already seeing the impact of this price increase ripple across the industry. Last week, GoDaddy took the extraordinary step of boycotting Uniregistry domains, prohibiting transfers in and new registrations of Uniregistry domains in an apparent protest against the price increases. We have no plans to drop support for these domain extensions and will mark up Uniregistry domains as little as possible so as to reduce the impact to our customers.

 

Q: Do I need to worry about other TLDs following suit?

A: We don’t think so. We haven’t heard of any other registries planning dramatic price increases. If anything, the prevailing trend has been a general decrease in prices across the industry and frequent discounts over a wide swath of TLDs.

We will continue to keep our customers apprised of any updates to this story as it unfolds.

DailyMonster.ink: Your Daily Dose of Monster Creativity

Fresh off his Main Stage presentation at RGD’s Design Thinkers conference, notable designer Stefan Bucher stopped by our booth in the exhibit hall and left as the enthusiastic new owner of both 344.design and DailyMonster.ink.

344.design is now home to the company website for Stefan’s studio, 344 Design, through which he has created designs and illustrations for clients David Hockney, Judd Apatow, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, not to mention album covers for the likes of Sting and Whitney Houston.

So why on Earth would this accomplished designer want a .ink website? And what is Daily Monster?

“It’s always hard to break through when you’re presenting your content online, particularly when so many common sense domain names are already taken. The new domains are a great way to liven things up and grab people’s attention.”

When an idea pops into Stefan Bucher’s head he can’t stop until he somehow makes it real. And so began the Daily Monster project. Each day, he films himself putting a few drops of black ink on a piece of paper, blows it out with compressed air, and creates a new monster character out of the resulting shape. “It’s an exercise in beating procrastination and fear. I’m scared of the white page, and the ink blot makes it so that I’m not starting a drawing, I’m finishing one, which is much more fun!”

Much like the monsters themselves, over its life of 10+ years, Daily Monster has expanded and evolved. The website and it’s videos have spawned a book containing stories about each monster sourced from his fans all over the world, and even an app, the DAILY MONSTER Monster Maker!

In its latest evolution, Stefan re-launched DailyMonster.com as DailyMonster.ink.
“After running DailyMonster as a .com for the first 10 years, having a .ink domain for an ongoing exercise in creating characters from blown ink was just too good of a fit to pass up!” He adds, “It’s always hard to break through when you’re presenting your content online, particularly when so many common sense domain names are already taken. The new domains are a great way to liven things up and grab people’s attention. I love that I now get to use 344.design and dailymonster.ink to show my work!”

More about Stefan’s work here, including the six books he’s authored (so it should come as no surprise, he’s won a D&AD award for book design, too).

What are premium domains?

If you’ve been searching Porkbun for a new domain name, you may have noticed that certain domains are listed for a higher amount than the rate shown on our pricing page. These higher-priced domains are known as premium (or “registry premium”) domains.

What makes a domain premium?

The vast majority of domains are considered non-premium, so in general, the price listed on our pricing page is what you can expect to pay at checkout. However, most registries (the companies that own the domain extension) maintain a list of high-value keywords they’ve classified as premium terms. This means that when a registrar such as Porkbun registers a premium domain on behalf of a customer, the registry for that domain charges a higher-than-usual cost that the registrar must pass on to the consumer.

What terms are considered premium?

Premium terms vary from registry to registry. Common first and last names, short words, and short numbers are more likely to be flagged as premium by a registry. Combinations of first and last names, less-common words, word combinations, and larger numbers are more frequently non-premium. For instance: smith.example and jessica.example might both be considered premium, whereas jessicasmith.example would probably be non-premium. 30.example might be flagged as premium, whereas 30001.example likely would not.

Words closely associated with a particular domain extension might also be considered premium. For example, pen.ink is probably a premium name, whereas pen.dog probably isn’t.

How can I identify premium domains?

When searching Porkbun or one of our affiliated sites for a premium domain, it is displayed in the search results with the phrase “premium registration” shown underneath the price.

How much more do I have to pay?

Depending on perceived value of a given term, a registry may charge more or less. Depending on the term and the registry, you may end up paying anywhere from a few extra bucks per year to thousands of dollars for certain extremely desirable domain names.

Where to review Porkbun

Our goal is to provide the best customer experience in the (dot) biz. If you’re especially loving the support you’ve received from Porkbun—or maybe our pricing or easy-to-use interface is rocking your world—rate us! Here’s the registrar ranking sites where we have profiles:

Thanks for your review! Rating Porkbun helps us continue to offer industry-low prices without sacrificing standard features like free SSL, WHOIS Privacy, and top-notch support.

Disappointed with a recent customer service experience at Porkbun? We want to make things right. Send your complaint via our feedback form, email support@porkbun.com, or call us directly at 1-855-PORKBUN.

 

Why Porkbun is actually the best deal around

Why choose Porkbun?

In a word: value. Not only do we have some of the lowest prices around, SSL and WHOIS Privacy (essential features for keeping eavesdroppers and spammers away from your domain) are included free with every Porkbun domain.

Plus, at Porkbun, you get free email forwarding, free web hosting through our Weebly-powered site builder, and free top-notch tech support. We think we’re the best deal around, and we hope you’ll agree!

How to transfer a domain from Porkbun to another registrar

Transferring a domain to another registrar? Before you go, we’d love it if you took a moment to read “Why Porkbun is actually the best deal around.” You might be surprised at the answer!

Still want to transfer your domain away?

Let’s do it!

Before we start, please answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it away from Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with Porkbun for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another. Please keep in mind that if you become dissatisfied with your new registrar, you’ll need to wait 60 days to transfer your domain back to Porkbun for the same reason.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at Porkbun is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your contact info. The registrar you’re transferring to will require that the contact info attached to your domain have an up-to-date email address. To change it, log into Porkbun and from the Domain Management console, locate your domain. To the right of the domain, find and click the gear icon. Select “Contacts.”

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Verify that the email address on file is correct. If it’s not, change it. If you’re setting contact types individually, make sure the email address is current for both the Registrant and Administrative contact. Once your info is current, click Submit to apply your changes and return to the Domain Management console.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain.

This one’s easy: click the green locked padlock icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to unlock the domain. Say yes. The green padlock icon appears is replaced by a grey unlocked padlock icon to indicate that the domain is unlocked and ready to transfer.

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…and the third and final step:

Turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click the green sunglasses icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click OK. The green sunglasses icon is replaced by a grey regular-glasses icon to indicate that WHOIS privacy is turned off.

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Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) to prove that you’re you. From your Domain Management console, click the gear icon and select “Transfer Auth Code.” screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-52-46-am

A window will pop up with your key.

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Initiate the transfer

In another tab or window, connect to your new registrar and begin the process of transferring over your domain. When asked for your authorization code, copy and paste in the code you generated in the previous step.

Once you’ve paid your new registrar, they’ll send you an email to confirm the transfer.

We’re sorry to see you go!

Hey, we’re sorry it didn’t work out. No hard feelings. If you are ever dissatisfied with your new registrar, or you just miss us, it’s easy to transfer your domain back to Porkbun. In most cases any months of registration you purchased at the other registrar will automatically added to your Porkbun account upon your return! We’ll miss you in the meantime, though.

Arrivederci!

How long will it take?

When it comes to domains, everything takes time. Whether you’re waiting five minutes for a DNS record to propagate or 65 days for an expired domain to become available, there’s a lot of numbers to keep track of, and a lot of misinformation on the web about how long everything takes. To set the record straight, we had our tech team compile and verify the following list.

 

Changes to domain records

While everyone wishes changes to their DNS configuration appeared worldwide instantly, the sad truth is that DNS can be slow to update. How long will it take for your changes to apply?

Time it takes for a brand new DNS record to resolve worldwide:

0-5 seconds.

When you add a new DNS record via Porkbun’s Domain Management console, it almost always resolves everywhere moments after you click “add.”

Time it takes for a change to a Porkbun-hosted DNS record to update worldwide:
five minutes.

Unlike new records, modifications to an existing record take some time before they’re live everywhere. In order to save bandwidth, DNS servers will continue to serve out a “cached” or saved version of your old configuration until the “TTL” of those records runs out.

TTL is short for “Time To Live” or the maximum number of seconds a DNS server should ever cache your records. We say should because some DNS servers ignore the TTL and cache for longer. Porkbun DNS allows a minimum TTL of 300 seconds, or five minutes. According to our tests, records set with a TTL of 300 propagate to about 50% of the Internet after one minute and 95% of the Internet after five minutes. To check the propagation of a DNS record change, you can use a DNS propagation checker such as https://www.whatsmydns.net/

Max. time for a brand new domain to become accessible worldwide:
48 hours.

New registrations can take a while to propagate out through DNS, although usually most name servers will see the new domain within a few hours. Porkbun informs the appropriate registry of your new domain immediately, but it can take some time before the registry makes that information public. This may be why your recently-purchased domain might not receive web requests or emails for some hours after registration.

Max. time for a change to your Authoritative Nameserver to apply worldwide:
48 hours.

Similarly, if you change your Authoritative Nameservers in Porkbun’s Domain Management console, this change can take 48 hours to fully propagate across the Internet. Porkbun immediately submits any Authoritative Nameserver changes you make to the appropriate registry, but after that it’s pretty much out of our hands. To check the Authoritative Nameserver propagation, you can use a DNS propagation checker such as https://www.whatsmydns.net/ and select “NS” as the record type.

Max. time for a domain to transfer from one registrar to another:
five days.

ICANN policy allows for transfers that take less than five days, but it’s entirely up to the old (aka “losing”) registrar as to how long to delay the transfer. Some registrars always wait the full five days in an attempt to cut down on domain hijack attempts, for instance when the domain owner’s email account is breached.

The five day maximum is set by ICANN’s rules:

“Failure by the Registrar of Record to respond within five (5) calendar days to a notification from the Registry regarding a transfer request will result in a default “approval” of the transfer.”

source: https://archive.icann.org/en/transfers/policy-12jul04.htm

When you purchase a transfer, Porkbun sends a confirmation email to the domain’s administrative contact. The five day countdown begins when the transfer is confirmed by clicking the link provided in that email, not at the moment of purchase.

 

Domain expirations

Another area where there are a lot of hard-to-remember dates is the timeline of what happens after a domain expires. If you allow a domain to pass its expiration date without renewing it, your domain faces deletion. It’s easy enough to lose track of an upcoming domain renewal, which is why we recommend Porkbun users turn on auto-renew and attach a credit card to their account. But in case you didn’t and your domain expires, there’s still some leeway built into the system.

Length of Porkbun’s “Auto-Renew Grace Period”:
30 days.

This begins the moment your domain expires. There’s two subsequent grace periods that can occur after a domain expires. This is the one you want to be in. During this first grace period, you can renew a domain without incurring an extra redemption fee on top of your renewal cost.

ICANN grants registrars the leeway to set the Auto-Renew Grace Period at anywhere between 0-45 days, so be warned that other registrars might immediately skip this period and charge you a redemption fee the minute after your domain expires.

From ICANN’s rules:

Once your domain has expired, it will be in Auto-Renew Grace Period (for 0-45 days), followed by a 30-day Redemption Grace Period. At the end of the Redemption Grace Period, you will not be able to renew your domain name. Your domain name will be released for registration by third parties. Source: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/expired-2013-05-03-en

How long Porkbun-registered domains will continue to resolve DNS requests after a domain has expired:
10 days.

We understand that lapses in registration happen, so our servers will continue to respond to DNS requests for the first 10 days of the Auto-Renew Grace Period to prevent service interruptions if there’s a few days’ lag before you renew your domain.

Length of the “Redemption Grace Period” for all registrars, including Porkbun:
30 days.

This 30 day window kicks in right after the end of the Auto-Renew Grace Period, so for domains registered at Porkbun, this 30 day window begins the 31st day after your domain has expired and extends to the 60th day.

During the Redemption Grace Period, you can no longer renew your domain for free. Instead, you can “redeem” (get back) your expired domain for an additional fee. Porkbun sets this fee at $120 in addition to the normal renewal price, which you’ll still need to pay. If your domain has been expired for more than 30 but less than 60 days, contact support@porkbun.com to agree to the $120 fee and begin the redemption process.

At the end of Porkbun’s Redemption Grace Period, it will have been 60 days since your Porkbun-registered domain expired. Your domain will enter “Pending Delete” status.

Length of the “Pending Delete” period following the Redemption Grace Period:
five days.

Once your domain is marked Pending Delete, there’s no turning back. All you can do is wait five days at which point your domain is released to the public and anyone can register it.

How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Porkbun

So, you’ve got a domain at GoDaddy that you want to transfer to Porkbun. Let’s do it!

Potential showstoppers

Before we start, answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it to Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with GoDaddy for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another.

Did your domain expire recently, or is it about to expire? GoDaddy generally allows you 42 days once your domain expired to transfer domains to another registrar, but the exact figure varies by top-level domain. If it’s close, you may want to renew your domain with GoDaddy first before transferring it to Porkbun to prevent any interruption of service. Please note that domain transfers can take up to five days to complete. Please consult GoDaddy’s expired domain transfer policy or contact GoDaddy support for a definite answer about whether your expired domain will transfer in time.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Made it this far? Great! Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at GoDaddy is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your domain contact info at GoDaddy. Specifically, the email address associated with your “Administrator” contact must be correct in order for your domain transfer to go through. If you don’t know how to change your contact info, GoDaddy provides a guide to help you through the process.

⚠️  WARNING: If your email address is out-of-date, update it. However, if you change your Organization name (or your First or Last name if there is no organization listed), you won’t be able to transfer your domain to Porkbun for an additional 60 days.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain at GoDaddy. This guide shows you how.

…and the third and final step:

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Protected Registration service, cancel it.

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Private Registration service, cancel it.

Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) from GoDaddy to prove that you’re you. This guide shows you how to get your code. GoDaddy will email it to you within 24 hours to the email address listed under your “Administrator” contact.

Initiate the transfer

Once you’ve got your code, go to https://porkbun.com/transfer

Type in your domain to be transferred under Domain Name, then copy the authorization code from your email from GoDaddy and paste it into the Auth Code field. Hit Submit.

Once you’ve paid Porkbun, Porkbun and GoDaddy will both send you emails asking you to confirm the transfer. Find the Porkbun email and click the provided link to confirm the transfer. Then, find the GoDaddy email and follow the instructions to confirm the transfer on their end. If you don’t receive the email from GoDaddy fairly quickly, follow this guide to manually approve the transfer.

Now we play the waiting game…

Pat yourself on the back for making it this far! Now that you’ve initiated the transfer, it can take up to five business days for it to complete. You’ll know your domain has transferred over once it shows up in your Domain Management area. You can check on the status of pending transfers by logging into your Porkbun account, clicking your username in the upper right, and clicking Transfer Management.

Web hosting, etc.

Once your domain is transferred over, you may want to move over any hosted web content, connect your domain at an existing web hosting service, or build a site from scratch.

If GoDaddy provided your web hosting in addition to your domain hosting, we can help you move your hosted WordPress, wiki, etc. over to Porkbun. Email support@porkbun.com with the specifics of what you’re moving over and we’ll come up with a plan to make it work. Our pricing for traditional web hosting is available here.

If you want to build a site from scratch but aren’t a developer, Porkbun has partnered with Weebly to offer a free site builder that allows anyone to build beautiful, practical, responsive websites. We’re proud of our site builder, and we think you’ll like it. Did we mention it’s free?

Finally, if you just want your domain to connect to existing hosting service, we’ve got that covered as well! We offer guides that show how to quickly connect your Porkbun-hosted domain to Wix, Squarespace or Weebly, or pretty much any other hosted web service.

How to update your Porkbun-hosted website via FTP

If you’ve purchased full-blown web hosting from Porkbun, you may be wishing there was an easy way to update your website via FTP. Well, there is! Here’s how:

Log into your Porkbun account and navigate to Domain Management.

If you’ve purchased traditional web hosting from Porkbun, you’ll see a green icon that looks like a bee hive just to the right of your domain name. That’s the link to take you to the Web Hosting screen. Click it.

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-11-53-57-amOn the Web Hosting screen, click “Login” in the Control Panel box.

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Now that you’re logged into cPanel, click the “FTP Accounts” button in the “FILES” section.

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FTP Account settings

We’re now ready to set up the FTP account we’ll use to manually update our website. Let’s look at how we should set up the account to allow for easy FTP changes to your website.

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First up is the Log In field. Here’s where you’ll put the username you’ll use to log in over FTP. Some examples are: admin, webmaster, etc.

You may be surprised to see that you are asked for a Password. This is because you can set up multiple FTP accounts that are restricted to different areas of your website if desired.

Under Directory, type:

public_html

The above gives this FTP user access to your entire website. If you’d like to restrict access to a subfolder of your website, you can instead enter:

public_html/subfolder

The Quota can remain “Unlimited” unless you need to limit the amount of data that your user can upload to your website.

Once you’ve got everything looking right, click Create FTP Account to create the account. You’re now ready to log in!

Logging in

To retrieve your login credentials, click the gear icon or “Configure FTP Client” under FTP Accounts near the bottom of the page. screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-08-18-pm

Note that your FTP username is your Log In name @ your DomainYou must enter the entire FTP Username when logging in via FTP, not just the Log In name.

You can simply copy and paste the FTP Username and FTP Server into your FTP client, or you can also download pre-built configuration files for your FTP client of choice in the Configuration Files section. Click the blue “FTP Configuration File” that matches your FTP client, and a configuration file will download that can be imported into your FTP client by following the linked instructions underneath the download link.

Changes at Porkbun to Support ICANN’s new transfer policy

Recently, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers, aka ICANN, updated their policy previously known as the IRTP and now known simply as the Transfer Policy. Generally, these policy changes affect what happens any time the given name, organization, or email address associated with a Porkbun customer’s domain is updated; WHOIS privacy is turned on or off; or domains are transferred to another registrar.

The new Transfer Policy will go into effect on December 1, 2016. To comply with these changes, Porkbun is updating its Domain Name Registration Agreement and Terms of Service in a way designed to impact our customers as little as possible.

The new language allows Porkbun and its privacy service, Private by Design LLC, to act as your “Designated Agent” when you use the WHOIS Privacy on/off button in the Domain Management console. In case you haven’t used the feature before, if you click the grey glasses icon in your Domain Management console, WHOIS Privacy is activated, which shields your personal information from being published online. The changes to our policies will allow us to continue to offer this free, “one-click” privacy solution.

Additionally, we have included an explicit opt-out of the 60 day transfer lock imposed by ICANN’s policy following changes to the registered name holder’s information. In the case of removing WHOIS Privacy, for example, registrants are often required to discontinue using privacy prior to an inter-registrar transfer. We believe that locking a domain after WHOIS privacy has been removed may prevent registrants from being able to freely move their domains to the registrar of their choice. Opting out of this lock will not keep you from locking your domain after any such change, as you will still be able to lock/unlock your domain from within Porkbun’s Domain Management console.

Finally, any change to the listed registered name holder’s email, business name, or name found in Porkbun’s “Your Account” area will cause additional emails to be sent to confirm the change. Not responding to such messages will delay the requested changes.

Specific changes to language

In order to accommodate these changes to ICANN’s Transfer Policy while minimally affecting your experience using Porkbun.com to manage your domains, we’ve made the following change to our Domain Name Registration Agreement (DNRA):

You agree that Porkbun has the authority to act as your Designated Agent as defined in ICANN’s Transfer Policy. As your Designated Agent, Porkbun will maintain the right to approve requests to modify registrant information and changes in domain ownership, including the use of Porkbun’s WHOIS privacy service provider. You also expressly agree to opt out of the 60 day inter-registrar transfer lock following any Material Change of registrant information or domain ownership, as defined in ICANN’s Transfer Policy.

Private by Design LLC’s Terms of Service has also been updated to reflect the change:

You agree that Porkbun’s Domain Name Privacy Service [Private by Design] has the authority to act as your Designated Agent as defined in ICANN’s Transfer Policy. As your Designated Agent, Domain Privacy Service [Private by Design] will maintain the right to approve requests to modify registrant information and changes in domain ownership, including enabling and disabling WHOIS privacy. You also expressly agree to opt out of the 60 day inter-registrar transfer lock following any Material Change of registrant information or domain ownership, as defined in ICANN’s Transfer Policy.