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WordPress.com becomes a domain name registrar

Kevin Murphy, October 19, 2010, 12:42:04 (UTC), Domain Registrars

Automattic, the company behind the WordPress.com blogging service, appears to have been granted an ICANN registrar accreditation, which would allow it to start selling domain names direct to its users.

The development seems to put a question mark next to the company’s reseller relationship with Go Daddy subsidiaries Wild West Domains and Domains By Proxy.

Currently, WordPress.com allows users to buy domain names and map them to their wordpress.com blog directly through their blog’s interface. The company charges $17 a year, with optional privacy.

It’s my understanding that the company currently acts as a Wild West Domains reseller, with the privacy protection service offered by Domains By Proxy. Both are Go Daddy companies.

Recently, WordPress.com started offering an Offsite Redirect service, enabling users to bounce visitors to example.wordpress.com to example.com after they’ve switched hosts.

Go Daddy used this as an opportunity to encourage WordPress.com users to migrate to its own hosting service in this blog post.

Automattic showed up on ICANN’s list of accredited registrars IDs yesterday, suggesting that it will not be long before it is also on the official list of accredited registrars.

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Comments (20)

  1. Odd, before ICANN, prior to 1998, anyone could interface directly to the .COM Registry. They were Registrars called ISPs, webmasters, lawyers, geeks.

    ICANN was supposed to encourage the expansion of Registries.

    Instead, ICANN created MORE Artificial Scarcity via LESS Registrars.

    ICANN Accredited essentially means, “Wealthy enough to send checks to ICANN”. That made the
    Registry operation much easier, yet costs continue to go UP ??

    What do 150 ICANN Staff do all day ?

  2. Prepping for a dot-blog, maybe.

    Kieren

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      You’re the second person to suggest that to me today.

      I don’t deny it’s a possibility, but given the uncertainty surrounding the vertical integration issue, I would have thought that becoming an ICANN accredited registrar would present more of a risk than a benefit. It’s certainly poor timing.

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