New WHOIS Verification Requirements

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Just read that starting January 1, 2014, registrars like Godaddy and Namecheap will be required to send out emails to verify registration of a domain and if you don't respond to the verification email, you could end up having your website becoming non-functional as the domain name server will likely be changed by the registrar if there is a lack of compliance.

What I heard is that CANN’s 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement will require WHOIS verification starting in January, 2014.

Starting January 1, when you register a domain name, you will have to verify your contact details with the registrar. Most registrars will most likely send a verification email to you with verification instructions.

The domain name registration will be suspended if you fail to respond with 15 days. As a result, your domain name registrar is likely to change the nameservers on your domain name to point it to a warning page, similar to what happens when a domain expires.

Even if a newly registered domain name is suspended, it’s not a huge loss because its is not likely that you would have invested a lot or would have built up a lot of traffic yet.

But the new rules also requires verification if you change the name or email address of the registrant which could easily happen if you sell your site on Flippa or through other means. So you might want to notify buyers of the new requirement so they don't have any problems.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
#requirements #verification #whois
  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    I simply say this: another headache.
    Though not for most people here, if you have thousands of domains it will be.
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      Sign the necessary documents.

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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    I have thousands of domains/websites that bring me millions of visitors, that isn't the issue. What I don't need is losing time with bureaucratic stuff everytime I alter the whois for several reasons.
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    • Profile picture of the author ColdWritingLLC
      Originally Posted by Nuno View Post

      I have thousands of domains/websites that bring me millions of visitors, that isn't the issue. What I don't need is losing time with bureaucratic stuff everytime I alter the whois for several reasons.
      I think you're being a bit hyperbolic. How many times have you modified the address in the WHOIS of your domains? Do you really think that they aren't going to allow you to modify your name servers without verification or something, because you'd be simply making stuff up if you did.

      If this is the kind of stuff that is going to put a hamper on your business then I'm afraid you probably should reconsider what you're doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
      I agree. While I less than 500 domains, I get a ton of gmail emails every day so it will be easy to miss the verification. Hopefully, they will send out at least one reminder if you don't respond.
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      • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
        Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

        I agree. While I less than 500 domains, I get a ton of gmail emails every day so it will be easy to miss the verification. Hopefully, they will send out at least one reminder if you don't respond.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    Agreed. If anything, you should be happy that they are adding an extra verification step. This will protect you.

    It is already a violation of ICANN rules to not have accurate whois data on the domain. If you have to click one more link to complete/verify the sale process, are you really that inconvenienced?
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    • Profile picture of the author Nuno
      "modify your name servers without verification or something" ? Have I said anything like this? It has nothing to do with nameservers, and I do know why my whois info changes often, it's one of my secrets to bring me more customers, and I do this for a long, long time. Rest assured my info is always accurate.

      This doesn't bring me any extra protection, at all. It will just bring visitors to registrar's "temporary" pages. You'll see how many confirmation emails will go to spam folders, owners will never click the links and their websites will be offline until they notice it. I wrote it first here and won't add any more details.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheAdsenseGuy
    Can you provide a link to this?


    Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

    Just read that starting January 1, 2014, registrars like Godaddy and Namecheap will be required to send out emails to verify registration of a domain and if you don't respond to the verification email, you could end up having your website becoming non-functional as the domain name server will likely be changed by the registrar if there is a lack of compliance.

    What I heard is that CANN's 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement will require WHOIS verification starting in January, 2014.

    Starting January 1, when you register a domain name, you will have to verify your contact details with the registrar. Most registrars will most likely send a verification email to you with verification instructions.

    The domain name registration will be suspended if you fail to respond with 15 days. As a result, your domain name registrar is likely to change the nameservers on your domain name to point it to a warning page, similar to what happens when a domain expires.

    Even if a newly registered domain name is suspended, it's not a huge loss because its is not likely that you would have invested a lot or would have built up a lot of traffic yet.

    But the new rules also requires verification if you change the name or email address of the registrant which could easily happen if you sell your site on Flippa or through other means. So you might want to notify buyers of the new requirement so they don't have any problems.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Yes! I have also heard this in fact one of my domain registrar has sent me email regarding this and its enom.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bruce NewMedia
    I would have to classify this as a small annoyance, but nothing more. If all you need to
    do is respond to an email, just make sure you use an address you're likely to check
    fairly often.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      they already do this periodically - I have had to verify the registrant details on my domains for ICANN before -

      I don't think it's a big deal - just another part of doing business online.

      If you have too many domains to handle - then some of this annoying work can be outsourced - there are enough people in this world who would gladly do this work for you.
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