Domain industry messaging circa 1996-1998.

idNames Home Page May 1998

Over the weekend I visited the fabulous Wayback Machine to see if I could find screen shots of the website we created in the 90’s for Internet Domain Names Inc. (idNames.com). That was the first domain name business I got involved with as a co-founder with Marc Ostrofsky. I got a chuckle looking back at how we designed that site, but also just looking at the messaging and how much of it still holds true today to some extent.  One thing that has changed is pricing…it’s definitely gone lower. We were charging roughly $250 per new registration in each unrestricted ccTLD back then. Restricted ccTLD registrations started at $450.

If you’d like to see more screen shots of how we were messaging and selling domain name registration services in 1998, or just want a laugh, please go to my new FaceBook page I’ve set up for my consultancy and you can view pics there. And while you’re visiting please be sure to ‘like’ my new page! Thanks.

Published by pinkybrand

I publish to three blogs. One (PinkysEye.com) is related to my lifelong interest in photography, video, wanderlust travel, and telling stories. The second (PinkyBrand.com) addresses my experiences and opinions on business development, China, and the domain name industry, where I’ve spent the better part of the last 24 years at the registry and registrar levels. The third (RegistryOffice.blog) shares knowledge and updates on how RegistryOffice business intelligence joins data from multiple sources and uses machine learning together with AI to improve insight in order to find patterns and trends that would otherwise be hard for domain name registries to discover manually.

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