Changes in domain pricing amongst the largest providers over the past month have been fairly minor. 1&1 Internet now charges $5.88 a year for a .com domain, down from $5.99 as it adjusted to fit its “49 cents a month” web site marketing. Go Daddy returned to $7.95 annually for .com names after a brief hike to $8.95 last month. Go Daddy’s most aggressive discounting is for .us and .biz domains, which are currently priced at $4.95 a year.
Hostway has acquired RegistryPro from Register.com, and will be the registrar of .pro domain names when they launch in the second quarter. The deal is subject to approval by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The financial terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. “We believe lawyers, accountants, doctors and service professionals will be eager to use the .pro domain as a way of identifying and differentiating their professional status,” said Lucas Roh, President and CEO of Hostway, which will honor all existing .pro sunrise registrations. The .pro extension is available exclusively for lawyers, accountants and doctors, and bundles a domain name and digital certificate.