On a daily basis, HostJury deletes defunct web hosts that have accumulated over the years from the directory. As with any industry, business failure is a given. While no recognized in-depth studies have not been conducted to date, at least not any that I am aware of, the low cost entry barriers into the web hosting field appears to increase the likelihood of failure among at least early entrants to the marketplace.
In recent weeks, the number of web hosts closing their doors or modifying their business plan to move away from web hosting has perceptively increased. Not all defunct web hosts can be accused of the “take the money and run” operandus. Many conscientious web hosts notify their clients of impending changes in a responsible manner. Others make an arrangement that allows for the orderly transfer of clients to another web hosting company.
Still, as seen in the last weeks with dotnet-host, the hacked server(s) appear to have been left on the rack while clients scrambled to retrieve their data. Fortunately, some did have back-ups but it still does not negate the fact that many dotnet-host clients were unable to manage or transfer their domains. While Domain registrar Enom is working with the affected clients to provide access to the domains, the frustration felt by many individuals could easily have been averted with even minimal communication from dotnet-host management.
Deep end of the Dead Pool.
"It appears dead Jim" (okay my browser shows it everytime my tweetdeck dies!)
HostJury sent an email which bounced a short while later:
This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed: sales AT managed101.com
Domain Name: MANAGED101.COM
Name Server: NS1.ONTRACKIT.COM
Updated Date: 09-mar-2012
Creation Date: 27-jul-2007
Expiration Date: 27-jul-2012
No recent forum activity
No Tweets on Twitter
It appear the domain was updated on March 9th. Regardless, it’s a pretty good indicator that once a web host shuts down sales, there is change forthcoming. There does not appear to be any angry clients. Kudo’s to Managed 101. Some in the past have chosen to shut off support while the cash register kept churning!
Page to nowhere!
Irish web host Manoban homepage now redirect to a page showing a countdown image for merging with Radical Solutions (radical.ie). Both domains appear controlled by Adam Hoban
HostJury has sent an email to the domain administrative contact: adam hoban (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Awaiting a response so this one may yet live!
Domain Name: MANOBANWEB.COM
Name Server: NS1.MYGOODSERVER.INFO
Name Server: NS2.MYGOODSERVER.INFO
Updated Date: 04-jan-2012
Creation Date: 04-aug-2007
Expiration Date: 04-aug-2013
A search appears to reveal very little activity after mid 2011. There was a number of special offers available at this time. Regardless, there does not appears to be any major complaints either before the host went quiet, or afterward.
Domain is for sale. Going once ... Going Twice.. anyone!
Toronto web host Millenium Data made a noisy entrance into the web hosting industry a number of years ago.
Looking at the details of the domain Whois, creation date, update of the name servers, and an owner in Florida suggests that the domain expired and was scooped up for its residual value.
Domain Name: MILLENNIUMDATA.COM
Registrar: DYNADOT, LLC
Name Server: NS1.FABULOUS.COM
Name Server: NS2.FABULOUS.COM
Updated Date: 12-feb-2012
Creation Date: 12-feb-2012
Expiration Date: 12-feb-2013
So while the Millenium Data domain may be for sale, HostMDS continues operations and is not affected by the change. HostMDS appears to be controlled by MS Transactions using the domain mstransactions.com.
Domain is pending renewal or deletion. Never a good thing!
Last known activity January 9, 2012
NCISP opened for business as an ISP in North Carolina in 1998. Providing dialup, web hosting, web design, and collocated servers. We experienced rapid growth, doubling in size and office space yearly. When DSL became available, we were one of the first in our area to deploy it, becoming well known in our area as alternate to behemoth and bloated phone companies. Recently, we have spread our DSL and T1 service nationwide. Many of our customers have been with us for 9 or 10 years, and we are proud to have been a part of their growth and success.
Domain Name: NCISP.NET
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Name Server: NS1.PENDINGRENEWALDELETION.COM
Name Server: NS2.PENDINGRENEWALDELETION.COM
Updated Date: 19-may-2012
Creation Date: 17-may-1999
Expiration Date: 17-may-2013