Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Losing magnolia.info

Right now, we do no longer own the domain magnolia.info. Since we did not expect this to happen, it means you cannot reach us on the web or via email any longer. You will land at a dummy website. Since all of our business depends on us being found, this is not really funny.

The whole story can be put in rather simple words: when we bought the domain a couple of years ago, it was registered with a a registrar that made it hard for us to move the domain anywhere else, so we simply kept it there instead of moving it to network solutions, where most of our domains are registered. Now, we found out the hard way that the original registrar is part of an elaborate network set up by a squatter, see: http://www.rootfest.net/squatters.html.

So, while every decent registrar will try to contact you if your domain expires, this has not happened in our case (well, our registered email address was outdated and we could not be reached there any longer, but we did have valid information for the phone and fax). If a decent registrar can't reach you, he will park the domain for 2 weeks and you will see a message like "this domain has not been paid for" or similar. In any case, it should be straightforward to get it back. Not so in our case. The domain has been transferred today without us ever having received a notice. The new owner is Belize Domain WHOIS Service Ltd. who owns about 150k-170k domains. AFAIK ICANN requires that a domain is not transferred without the current owner giving its ok, so the fact that this has been transferred within 30 days after the domain expired is rather striking.

We have sent the new owner of magnolia.info, who is not reachable via phone, an ultimatum and an offer to get back the domain by tomorrow morning 9 AM CET.

Should we not get the domain back, we will relaunch our complete infrastructure on magnolia-cms.com. We will start working on that at 9 AM CET tomorrow, hence the ultimatum. Once we start the work, we will not look back. Since we own all of our infrastructure and know how to do these things, we'll be spending the next couple of days in our server room and make it happen. We will also contact everybody that links to us and ask them to rewrite their links.

So for anyone wanting to contact us, we'll be back tomorrow on the new domain magnolia-cms.com.

And we'll have some great news to share next Wednesday. So whereever you will reach us by then, we'll be celebrating.

Plus think of the positive side: no more spam.