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New Domain Prices

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As of August 31 the domain authority has raised the registration price of some domain extensions, which has trickled down to all domain registrars and resellers. Due to this raise in our cost, we have had to make some pretty hard decisions on the price of domains we offer. The goal was to keep prices as low as possible for our clients, while making sure that we weren’t throwing ourselves under the bus. We already offer certain extensions in our free domains with yearly hosting, but what about those of you who want more than one domain?

Rather than raising some domains a lot, we’ve opted for raising all domains a little. The purchases of the domains that didn’t go up in our cost will help to cover those domains that did go up. But, more than simply raising slightly across the board, we’ve also added a few extensions to our offerings to give you more options. Here are the current extensions we’re offering and the prices..

$11.99/yr – .com.es, .nom.es, .es, .de, .be

$12.49/yr – .com, .net, .org, .us (must be US citizen), .nl

$12.99/yr – .info, .biz, .pw, .com.de,

$19.99/yr – .eu, .ca

$24.99/yr – .mobi, .com.co, .net.co, .nom.co

$29.99/yr – .com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn, .cc, .me, .co

$79.99/yr – .com.mx, .net.mx, .org.mx

$15.99/2yr – .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk (must be UK citizen)

$59.99/2yr – .nu

If you would like to see us offer a domain extension that is not listed here, please comment on this post and let us know, if it is one our registrar offers we will add it.

For current clients who already have domains registered with us, you will not see an increase in the renewal cost of your domains until October 10. This gives you 30 days to renew at the previous, lower cost.

Domain Prices Rising

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Domain prices are going up next month and we would like your input on how to handle it. Usually the .com, .net, and .org all go up at the same time, but this time it’s working a little differently and some are going up, while others are not.

There are two ways we could go about this and it’s important to us to keep costs low for clients so please comment on your preference.

  1. Raise the price of only affected TLD’s by $.75 to cover the increased cost.
  2. Raise the price of all TLD’s by $.45, allowing the ones that are not increasing in price to help offset the ones that are.

We try not to raise prices at all, under any circumstances. In fact, our hosting packages recently changed to offer 5x the resources of the previous packages with only a minimal price increase. Unfortunately, this price increase comes from Verisign and all registrars must increase to cover costs.

Thank you for your input, it is much appreciated!

P.S. Renew your domains now to avoid paying higher prices. The more years you renew for now, the more you save! Keep in mind, these price increases have been coming every year and will continue through future years. TLD prices have increased more than $3 over the past 4 years.

Softaculous Has Arrived!

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Due to the unreliable nature of our previous auto-installer, we are now offering Softaculous! This wonderful program has 305 different scripts that can be installed within 1 minute. It’s easy to use and includes popular scripts like WordPress, Drupal, Gallery, PHPBB, PHPList, Joomla, OpenCart and more.

To find Scriptaculous, simply log in to your cPanel and find the icon under Software/Services. Once you enter, you’ll see the Top Scripts in the main view and on the sidebar will be a list of categories. WordPress is the most popular script for our clients and you can click on it right from the main page. It will open into a form requesting some configuration settings, such as location of script, username and password. Once you’ve filled out the form, click submit and you’re done!

For a full list of the scripts Softaculous can install, please check your control panel or the Softaculous App List. If you have any questions about using Softaculous, please contact support on the Helpdesk.

Get This Thing Rolling

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It’s time to get this show on the road! There’s so much coming up in the next month and it’s super exciting. I just wanted to post really quick and extend a big THANK YOU to Sydney for stepping in to help make progress happen. Syd is an extremely talented designer and I am grateful to have her helping out to make sure this relaunch happens on schedule! Check out her site if you need any help with graphics, coding, WordPress, or basically anything website related.

I’m also excited about some publicity opportunities that have come up recently and the great responses I’m getting from clients. My favorite support ticket came yesterday when a client asked me for my advice on a script. After which, she stated..

You’re a genius thank you so much. I found archives of my domain. Wow I never knew this existed. Thank you again this saves me so much time recoding! This is why I love your hosting your prompt and very helpful! Thank you again Ms. Soesbee

And this lovely lady will find herself linked on the new site with her testimonial. Thank you so much Beth, for being a loyal customer for 8 years! But 8 years is nothing to another client, Lina, who was actually our very first client 11 years ago and still hosts her site with us today.

New Site Launch Soon

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I’m basically writing this post to be a filler, but I’m also excited to be releasing the new site soon and want to blabber on about it. Gosh, seems like we’ve been trying for years (oh wait, we have..) to release something new and exciting and perfect. You’ll have to excuse us for being a little too perfectionist and wanting the best for you and for E-Starr. We never want to settle for anything and we don’t want you to settle, either.

My hopes are to have this new site up and ready by next weekend because, frankly, it really has been a long time in the making. And we may have to tweak some things after the release, but at least we’ll have something to show for all our efforts. And adding a blog.. how perfect an idea is that?!

I know no one is here to see and experience this with me, but I’m having fun talking to myself. I’m sure you’ll all be here to join me soon.