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Showing posts from August, 2013

Big changes to our .NZ Domain Name Manager system.

New Domain Manager System We've overhauled the back-end code for the .NZ Domain Manager system, which gives it far better performance and fixes some bugs. You can expect the new system release on September 1st 2013. Retirement of .NZ Domain Name Auctions The .NZ domains auction module for hasn't been particularly successful, and is now uneconomical for us to continue providing to clients. Therefore the time has come for us to retire the auction service to allow us to concentrate on better core services. This will be removed from service on September 1st 2013.

Wellington Earthquake on Friday - Lounge Network Announcement #EQNZ

This is a network announcement regarding the large Earthquake that struck the Wellington region on Friday afternoon. This Earthquake and the following aftershocks have caused no problems for us. Although our head office is located in the Wellington region, and we certainly felt the earthquakes, it has caused no damage in our office or surrounding area. The hosting infrastructure where most of our clients websites are hosted, is in professional datacentres in Auckland, well away from both Wellington and Christchurch. So clients can be assured that websites will not be affected by these earthquakes.

End of life for RV Sitebuilder on our CPanel servers

Our upstream providers have decided to phase out RV Site builder on our servers, and we have ceased advertising it as a feature. RV Site builder is a third party sitebuilder on our CPanel web hosting plans. We they are phasing it out for a number of reasons, but mainly because it hasn't been as reliable as it should be, and it has high support costs. It has also only had very limited uptake, so there are very few websites that use it. There are also now far better CMS options out there now, such as Concrete 5, CMS Made Simple and Wordpress, which are relatively easy to setup, and can have far more features. These weren’t available or as easy to use when we first introduced RV Sitebuilder. If you are a RV site builder user, you will need to look at alternative website CMSs because although it will remain on the servers for the foreseeable future, it will eventually be removed and without notice. It is just that we will not be supporting it, and it will eve

Changes to Domain Expiry Reminder Emails

Due to a change to ICANN (global domain governance) regulations, our registrar is expanding reminder emails so that they all include the registrant contact.  Historically, they've provided reminder emails at 60 days, 30 days, 15 days and 2 days to the Billing Contact on your domains, with the 2 days reminder also copied to the Registrant Contact. From 21st August 2013, they will send all reminder emails to both Billing and Registrant Contact.