October 11, 2005. Lots of news:
.CA price reduction
The wholesale (registry) price of .CA domains dropped July 1st, and our
retail prices dropped to $12.99 at that time. We also re-organized our
discounts so that previous purchases count more quickly toward
Web-Hosting service via Domain-Dns.com
Many of our domain-registration clients are familiar with our
http://domain-dns.com/ service. Domain-dns.com has been updated to
include web-hosting products, which will provide cheap hosting
solutions to our clients (something the BareMetal product line
has traditionally lacked).
We plan to offer domain-dns webhosting through the BareMetal
domain registration system. We would like to know how our
resellers would like this implimented. For some clients it will
be a chance to earn an ongoing commission on a bigger sale, for
others it could be in direct conflict with their product line.
As long as your clients follow a link with an embedded referrer
to the registration system, you can control which products are
displayed, and the domain-dns products will not show by default.
(Please see Reseller Options in the My-Account changes
Changes to BareMetal "starter+" product (reseller)
We have decided to allow starter+ accounts to have POP service.
This will make life simpler for everyone and it opens up the
door for simpler and cheaper web hosting. The change is
transparent, as the userid@domain formatted userids
would not have worked previously. See http://baremetal.com/support/email_main.html#client for more
New BareMetal Web-Hosting product (retail)
BareMetal is pleased to introduce a "named hosting" product
(for retail sale). It is effectively the same as the
starter+ product mentioned above, but it has a
small disk and bandwidth allowance of its own.
See http://baremetal.com/npl/#named for more details.
My-Account area changes.
There have been a lot of changes to the My-Account area in
the last few months. I'll describe some of the key changes.
1) The authentication system has been improved so that we can mail
out "plain text passwords". The old system was frustrating for
people with billing passwords, these passwords were stored
encrypted and consequently we could not mail them to you.
If you forgot your billing password, the system could only
mail out a billing id/invoice # pair. You had to login and reset
your billing password, and wait for the e-mail with your
new billing password in it. Unfortunately, this change only
aplies to new passwords.
2) There is now an "Auto Billing" option in the my-account area.
This can be used to enable/disable/update autobilling of your
invoices to a credit card.
3) There is a new "Payment History" menu item. This
summarizes the payments which have been made on your
account. Technically, this is just a reformatting of the
information displayed on the view invoice screen. This
should make it much easier to reconcile payments.
4) .CA registRANT transfers and registRANT merges are now available
from the domain detail page for .ca domains. As per our .CA FAQ,
merges are free, but RANT transfers cost money and use the
Baremetal "on credit" logic, so you will need to login with a
billing password to enable this.
Domain registration referrals/resellers
There is now a "Referral Report" in the my-account area menu. This
report will tell you the number of visitors and sales referred to the
baremetal domain registration system for your billing id. See
http://baremetal.com/referrals/ for more details.
In the same theme, the "Reseller Options" link allows you to
control what "domain usage" options are shown to prospective
domain registration buyers. By default everything except the
domain-dns webhosting products are shown, but you can turn off
almost all the options (you have to leave one :). For
folks which sell domain registrations but do their own hosting
this should be a good thing.
Thanks for reading, as always, we appreciate your feedback!
- firstname.lastname@example.org - The BareMetal Hosting Team.
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