The Texas whistleblowing website setup for people to anonymously dob in doctors performing what are believed to be illegal abortions in the state following the signing into law of the Texas Heartbeat Act is finding it difficult to find a domain name registrar and webhost. First up after the issue was pushed on Twitter, GoDaddy booted it saying the website violated their terms of service.
A Texas whistleblowing website that resulted from an anti-abortion law President Biden said “unleashes unconstitutional chaos” against women has been punted by GoDaddy for violating their terms of service.
GoDaddy, the domain name and web hosting behemoth, continues to grow rapidly with the company reporting impressive growth in total revenue, total bookings, domains revenue and hostings and presence revenue when it reported its second quarter results Wednesday. It also continues to innovate with new payments and integration solutions added during the quarter.
This week GoDaddy Registry announced it was expanding its registry services with the acquisition of more than 30 new generic top-level domains (new gTLDs), including 28 from Minds + Machines, .club and .design, plus the provision of registry services for .basketball and .rugby and Ally Financial’s branded .ally domain. The move will see the company add over 3 million domains under management to their portfolio, although GoDaddy Registry already provides registry services for .club’s 1.1 million domain names. Upon close of the acquisitions, it will see GoDaddy Registry own, manage or operate more than 240 top-level domains, with more than 14 million DUM.
CentralNic has made yet another acquisition, this time Wando Internet Solutions GmbH for €5.4m (US$6.5m). Based in Berlin, Germany, Wando is a technology company operating in the fields of social marketing, display advertising and SEM Advertising.
GoDaddy launched GoDaddy Corporate Domains Tuesday, a rebranded rethought Brandsight, the corporate domain management company GoDaddy bought in February 2020.
GoDaddy Inc. reported its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020, and announced the departure of Andrew Low Ah Kee, Chief Operating Officer, who is leaving to take a President role in a different segment of the technology space. A financial highlight was a growth in bookings and revenue during the quarter with 17% year over year growth, while domains revenue was $387.4 million, up 12.2%, and hosting and presence revenue was $302.4 million, up 6.1% year over year. There was also another quarter of over 400,000 new customers for the quarter, taking the total of new customers to 1 million in 2020 to date.
[news release] GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, yesterday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SkyVerge, a leading WooCommerce product developer. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
[news release] GoDaddy, the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today released the GoDaddy Global Entrepreneurship Survey which looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world’s smallest businesses. The research shows the pandemic has severely affected their businesses, with 75 percent reporting a fall-off in revenues. Yet, the findings also reveal a steely resolve by these entrepreneurs to not only survive the economic crisis but thrive.
The global COVID-19 pandemic is not hurting domain name registrars, with three of the largest, GoDaddy, CentralNic and Tucows, all announcing financial results to 30 June over the last week showing each company is doing well.