Those putting off the purchasing and/or long-term renewal of a domain name for their church and/or charity because the price was too high may want to re-think that strategy as it appears that the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for ‘.org’ domain names, will be raising their annual wholesale price for ‘.org’ domains by 10%.
In a May 1, 2008 communications with Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the PIR disclosed the increase that would bring the annual fee to $6.75. Last year, PIR imposed a 2.5 percent fee increase to $6.15. PIR did not cite a reason in its letter – nor does it have to – as the PIR does not need ICANN’s approval for such increases.
What this means for the rest of us buying 1 or 2 domains at the retail level is likely a similar price increase – though it’ll be interesting to see how many domain name registries keep the increase to 10% of their current price, as opposed to marking up a bit more as I suspect some will.
As the Internet’s 6th most popular domain name suffix, it also likely means an increase in renewal for the nearly 7 million domain names already registered as ‘.org” – provided of course one’s domain name service hasn’t beaten you to the punch.
As for me, considering the is now very little price disparity between .com and .org, and taking into consideration the popularity and ease in which others remember the .com suffix, I’m thinking I might put my bucks into a .com domain if I had to choose between the two …
… tough I always STRONGLY recommend that any church and/or charity purchase both .org and .com domain name, for as long a period as they can afford it.
More info about the recent PIR rate increase can be found below: