Beware of Godaddy Premium Renewal Fees on Non-premium Domains!

Hi all — long it has been since my last blog post!

Well I’m here to rectify that now! So, on with the post.

 

For those who don’t know, I own several domains. I’ve always been one to pick a suitable standalone domain for a project, rather than make a subdomain of another domain. Anyway, I was searching around for a catchy name for my blog that I was going to rename from michaeltaboada.me, and happened to find someone selling michaels.world on the godaddy marketplace. As a side note I also wholeheartedly believe in new generic toplevel domains like .world and .solutions — that’s why you’ll find probably over 50% of my websites have those kind of extentions. In fact the number that have .com and .net I mostly purchased from someone else. Lol.

Anyway, I looked at the michaels.world domain on godaddy marketplace, though I didn’t have much hope of being able to afford it. Usually domains on any marketplace at all go for 1000+ dollars for the only ok domains. Imagine my surprise, then, when I was able to purchase michaels.world for $99! That’s not a typo, $99. I of course had to make sure that the domain wouldn’t renew at a ridiculous rate, thus making me need to give it up and having wasted my money. So I went to porkbun and entered it in as a transfer, but never completed checkout. They confirmed that, yes, the domain would transfer or renew at $22.12 on their platform. So I immediately purchased the domain, and waited for it to be pushed to my godaddy account.

So a quick note about godaddy. This post is about something godaddy did badly, in my opinion, but I am of the opinion that godaddy doesn’t do much well. About the only thing I consider even sort of good that they do is allow beginners to get started under one roof, but with the amount they’ll pay it would be much better for them to go somewhere else, like namecheap or, more preferably, porkbun. Anyway, just wanted to get that out of the way. I’m not writing this because I don’t like godaddy, I’m writing it because even this is a new low for them, in my opinion.

So I got the domain, but never really did anything with it. As a side note, I always delete my payment methods from godaddy after purchasing, and if possible purchase with paypal, because their autorenewal service is super hard (impossible?) to turn off with screen readers, and I try to never renew a domain at godaddy. Their fees are just too high. So of course I got the email “Urgent! Michaels.world cancels in 5 days!” That’s ok though, I was going to transfer to porkbun anyway. But I looked at the email anyway, since I try to read all transactional email I get sent. And there was this little section that caught my eye (well, my ear).

 

a screenshot of an email from Godaddy saying my renewal will be $499.99

Godaddy wants to charge me $499.99!

 

So, for those who can’t see the picture, this email (section highlighted) says michaels.world will renew at $499.99 plus icann fee. At this point I’m a little worried. “Did the .world registry change michaels.world to a premium registration?” I was also kind of glad I hadn’t started using it yet, in case that was the case. So I went to transfer to porkbun, which I had intended to do anyway, but it wasn’t premium at all. Still the $22.12.

 

A screenshot of an email from porkbun where michaels.world costs $22.12

Porkbun charged me $22.12

 

So, again for those who can’t see the picture (section highlighted) this is a confirmation email where, among others, michaels.world was successfully paid for. It costed $22.12. A far cry from godaddy’s $499.99, and not even a premium price. So does porkbun have a bug, and it doesn’t charge premium prices for premium domains? I was assuming not, and the answer was of course no. They charge premium prices for premium domains.

 

A screenshot of a domain search page, with a.xyz costing over $10,000

a.xyz costs $10,000 and change

 

So this screenshot shows a domain search. I searched for a.xyz, and it costed an exorbitant $10,000+. So obviously their premium pricing is working.

 

A side note: this screenshot was taken today, as opposed to the day I purchased a transfer of michaels.world, but I also checked that day and premium domains did cost the full price.

 

So for some reason godaddy took it upon themselves to renew my non-premium domain at a (very) premium price. Not sure why they did this, but it just strengthens my conviction that godaddy is not to be bothered with practically at all. About the only thing I use godaddy for is $0.99 domains for projects that I don’t know if they’ll go anywhere. Of course if they do go somewhere, I transfer to porkbun or another domain registrar after the one year.

 

In closing: Don’t use Godaddy, use Porkbun or even Namecheap. your wallet, and probably your sanity, will thank you.

 

-Michael.

A spam experiment: 1u.rs

Dear all readers,

 

I happened to stumble upon a list of available 2-letter domain names in the .rs domain space, and figured I’d get one just for the fun of it. I ended up settling on 1u.rs, as it could stand for 1 URL: Really Short, and I had wanted to run a public URL shortener for a while. So I purchased it, and began work on the URL shortener.

 

I am using yourls, a very flexible and extensible open source URL shortener written in php. I chose it partly because it’s what I run on my private URL shorteners, and also because it has extremely good plugins written for it, which could help cut down on spam (this was going to be a public URL shortener, after all). I installed several antispam as well as quality-of-life plugins so the users can easily create and share short URLs, and set it in action.

 

So far, I haven’t received any shortened URLs from anyone except myself, which lead me to write this post. I would like anyone interested to use 1u.rs for their shortening needs, and to tell their friends. In addition, another point of this post (and the reason I called it an experiment) was to try and get some spammers to find it. Yes, that’s right, I said spammers. I would be interested to see if the plugins I have installed can compete with the volume of spam that gets posted to URL shorteners. I do have quite a few plugins installed, including ip blacklist checks, domain blacklist checks, the new invisible recaptcha, and more. So spammers, let’s have at it, and see how well my system can stand up :-). The link: https://1u.rs/.

 

Anyway, that’s all for now, and I might be posting some more articles about how I modified some plugins to work or work better in yourls.

 

-Michael.

 

Jamuary — a Month of Music

This was my idea, following on from articles I’ve read from EDM Prod about how to grow as a musician. Anyway, I would like to officially propose the month of January 2017 to be a music making and growth month. I’m calling it Jamuary (thanks to Billy for the name). The point of the month is to grow as a producer, artist, or band, in any way you feel fit. I would make a few recommendations though:

 

  • Try to do something every day that relates to music, and something that challenges you. Don’t just scroll through presets, instead, try to create your own preset. Instead of making a simple loop then giving up, challenge yourself to make an entire song — whether this takes a week or a month, it doesn’t matter. The point is to really push your boundaries. This is the only way to grow as a producer (as mentioned, there are some great articles and ebooks on EDM Prod that go into further detail on this).
  • Challenge yourself to actually finish something (or multiple things). If you’ve never done much with music before, try to make a full 16 bar loop. If you’ve never finished an entire song before, do that. The point is to finish something, and to do it completely. This will push you in ways you don’t usually, and that is the way to grow.
  • If you’re stuck, try recreating a song by someone to the letter. This has enormous potential for growth, as you will be learning good habits if you do the recreation the same way the producer originally did, and will push you a large amount (again, thanks EDM Prod).
  • Overall, just have fun! Remember that at the end of  the day many of us (hopefully all of us) want to have fun creating music, so make that your goal.

 

I will be putting links in this post as more info is added, pages created, etc, so check back often. For now though, please share this page with everyone who might be interested.

-Michael.

 

Links:

 

GNU Social Event on 2mb.social.

Facebook Event.

the case of the multiplying arguments (oh no!) in dokuwiki

Once again, I’m back with a web application related post:

This time, it’s dokuwiki. I didn’t notice it myself, perhaps because it only crops up under certain situations, but someone on my wiki told me when they saved a page, it showed up as wiki/pagedo=edit. This was strange, so I started investigating. I finally got it to be reproduceable when logging in, out, then back in again. It ended up with a link like wiki/pagedo=logoutdo=login or similar.

My first thought for this issue was my nginx config, which ended up being correct. If you’re experiencing this, and followed a guide where you rewrite something like ^/(.*)/ to /doku.php?page=$1$args, then you’re missing one small symbol: &

You need to replace that rewrite with /doku.php?page=$1&$args. Otherwise, under certain circumstances (and I still don’t know why it doesn’t happen all the time), the first argument will end up as part of the page. So page will turn into pagedo=edit, etc.

Hope this helped!

-Michael.

P.S. If you’re interested in the wiki I’m talking about (the one that now works properly), you can visit it here.