Consolidation in the domain name industry is continuing at a great pace, the latest being the Web.com Group announcing they acquired Freeparking, New Zealand’s number one domain name registrar and web hosting provider last week. The announcement, according to Web.com, rounds out their strategic expansion into the Australian, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian markets with its acquisition of Dreamscape Networks last year. They also failed in their takeover of the Australian-based Webcentral Group in September.
Launched in 2000, Freeparking, an Umbrellar Group premium brand, grew to become New Zealand’s number one online services provider, serving more than 90,000 customers and operating four brands including Freeparking, Open Host, Domains4less and Discount Domains.
“The Freeparking deal underscores Web’s dedication to offer best-in-class web presence solutions to customers across the globe. Businesses require reliable online solutions and partners that support changing business needs. Freeparking is a natural extension for our comprehensive web technology brands,” said Sharon Rowlands, CEO and president, Web.com Group. Freeparking will be managed by Mark Evans, CEO of Dreamscape Networks, as part of the Dreamscape portfolio of brands.
“The team at Freeparking are pleased to announce that we are joining forces with Web.com Group. In doing so, we will be positioned to provide our customers with even greater service and an international standard of market leading online services, unlocking further growth potential for our customers’ businesses,” said Robert Rolls, General Manager, Freeparking Group.
“We’re pleased to welcome Freeparking to the Web.com Group,” said Tyler Sipprelle, principal at Siris Capital and director at Web.com Group. “As a multi-brand web technology business, we believe Web.com Group has much to offer to businesses requiring a strategic partner to support their next phase of growth.”