Is domain monopoly possible?

by Adie
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I never heard this happened in major domain extensions like com, net, org but our local domain registrar seems monopolizing everything. This is the reason why I'm afraid to register a domain with local extension (dot ph) even though I have a very good domain in mind.

Our biggest local classified ads was redirected to its biggest competitor (how ridiculous), and the weird thing is, this happened 2x already.

Will you entrust your business to your local TLD registrar?
#domain #monopoly
  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    What do you mean monopolizing? Do they just steal your domains?
    I don't know about .ph, but I have a lot of ccTLD's, mostly one-word domains like
    free, money, fashion, realestate, cars, jobs, health, travel, art etc.

    I know some 1-word domains are reserved by registry, which means they won't even allow you to register them, but taking your existing domains. Never heard about this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Not really stealing but many people suspects that the hacking is done by someone who is connected to the registrar.
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    You might be right, but it might have nothing to do with someone from registrar. Someone could have hacked your site by brute force or the computer of someone who has access to your server was compromised. There are sites that can infect local computer with virus, which then seeks for ftp passwords and sends the details to the hacker. A few years ago I got 2 sites hacked and redirected the same day, after I got a virus. The sites were hosted at two different hosts, therefore I conclude the passwords were stolen from local computer, rather than brute forced.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    My mistake. The one that was hacked actually was the registrar as the domain details were changed and the nameserver were changed as well. That happened 2 times already and the support is worse.
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    I see.

    BTW, about the articles. Can you write articles in Tagalog? I assume it's your native tongue. Sorry if I am wrong.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by HN View Post

      I see.

      BTW, about the articles. Can you write articles in Tagalog? I assume it's your native tongue. Sorry if I am wrong.
      Yes, and I will do it personally
      ..and I know how to speak Japanese as well but can't write..
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  • Profile picture of the author HN
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    Great I 'll send you PM.
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    • Profile picture of the author planetlubs
      This can happen if for example you do not register the domain your self (Using your credit card or payment information). For example, when I was just starting out, I needed hosting and I used a local hosting company. However, you had to select the hosting package you want and the domain and then send it to them. They would register it on your behalf and set up your hosting account.

      When it expired, you had to send money to them and they would renew it for you. So you had no control over it.

      Now that was 2006 and i finally gave up the domain.

      What happens now, even for "some" international registrors is that when your domain expires and you have not yet renewed it, they will (Not all registrars) redirect it to any webpage they desire, and it make sense that local registrars will redirect it to another local company, though this is not good business practice.

      The only way you can minimizes this is to always register the domain using your own payment details where by you have full control over renewal and extensions. You should also use professional companies. I believe there are many over there in Philippines.

      Lastly, It could have been hacked as others have pointed out. I have seen many famous sites hacked and redirected to other sites. Usually, the owner may not know that this is happening until the damage has been done.
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  • Profile picture of the author yoangov
    Why don't you just go after the English speaking market? It would be much more rewarding, and you won't have to worry about stuff like that
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by yoangov View Post

      Why don't you just go after the English speaking market? It would be much more rewarding, and you won't have to worry about stuff like that
      Would you do that if you are in Japan, Korea, Russia, Germany, or other non-English speaking countries? There are reasons why country TLDs are created but the problem is the security issues.
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      • Profile picture of the author Meharis
        Originally Posted by Adie View Post

        Would you do that if you are in Japan, Korea, Russia, Germany, or other non-English speaking countries? There are reasons why country TLDs are created but the problem is the security issues.
        Adie,

        You can have a dot com site and let the viewers have the choice of selecting
        all those language you mentioned.
        To avoid any security issues, you register your domain with a well known company and hosting with another reputable company.

        Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author Pdomain
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    For security purposes, stick with Godaddy, it won't like to ruin its reputation for little...
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  • Profile picture of the author domainscience
    The .com, .net., and .org is the only ones that I will register.
    Others are able to simply raise their prices once they see your business is doing good.
    Even if they give you a ten year contract, so what?
    After ten years, they will raise it if they are still around.
    Good luck.
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