If you have your own domain (e.g. yoursite.com), you’ve probably received a letter or email from Domain Registry of America. These letters warn you that your domain is going to expire and urge you to renew with Domain Registry of America immediately. Every week we get of emails from people who want to know whether to send money to this company they’ve never heard of.
Here’s the short answer: Don’t ever send any money to Domain Registry of America.
Domain Registry of America convinces domain owners to send them money by appearing to be an authority. Their letters are well-written, look like official documents, and include pertinent information like the domain’s expiration date. Information about domains (and their expiration dates, etc.) are available publicly on whois.net—Domain Registry of America simply looks up information, sends out their letters, and collects cash from innocent people.
Lawsuits against Domain Registry of America have been unsuccessful because the company is actually an accredited registrar. That means if you send Domain Registry of America money they will in fact register the domain in your name and handle renewing it for you. On the other hand, they will charge you outrageous prices (anywhere from 5 to 10 times as much as the actual cost of the domain) and attempt to sell you additional, unnecessary services like “Domain Protection.”
Domain Registry of America uses extremely unethical business practices—such as telling you that you’ll lose your ranking in Google unless you renew with them—in order to try and scare people into sending them money.
If you receive a letter or email from Domain Registry of America, simply ignore it. Or have some fun with it—we like shredding and igniting their letters, and sometimes we even fold them into paper swans.
Your domain is safe with the company that registered it, whether that’s Jimdo or another reputable company.
If you ever have any questions about a domain you registered with Jimdo, get in touch with our Support Team and we’ll be glad to help.