Saturday, August 10, 2019

Important notification regarding your registered domain names

Our customers will be receiving an email from spelling out the relationship between you the customer and the organization that provides our domain registration services, the "Public Domain Registry."

Here's the actual message as sent to one of our customers:


Dear Registrant, 

You are receiving this email because you are listed as the registrant for domain names registered through GoPedro Hosting, for whom serves as the sponsoring registrar. 
As registrar on record for your domains, we are required per our contracts with ICANN and various TLD Registries to have a Domain Registration Agreement (“Agreement”) with you, i.e. the registrant. You can find the Agreement here, which is in effect starting immediately.

This Agreement shall remain in effect throughout the tenure of your domain registration, and the terms in this Agreement shall prevail over any conflicting terms in any agreement between you and GoPedro Hosting. This Agreement shall be applicable to all domains whose sponsoring registrar, is one of above mentioned entities.

The domain(s) associated with your email address are listed below. Should there be more than five domains the enclosed domains.csv file will contain the complete list.

Domain NameRegistrar

We encourage you to carefully review your rights and responsibilities under the Agreement. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this agreement, you may contact GoPedro Hosting at

PublicDomainRegistry Compliance Team

Friday, March 23, 2018

Free HTTPS certificate availability

There's two main reasons why you want HTTPS on your website:

1. You want to provide communications privacy to your visitor, in other words: you don't want anyone to see what your visitor is doing in your site.
2. You want to prove your identity, which is important if you are selling things or handling sensitive data.

What many people don't know is that the main reason certificates are expensive is due to #2: these companies need to do some verification on their own, which costs money.

If you just need HTTPS for a blog, personal website, or a marketing site that is not handling purchases and/or sensitive information, a certificate that protects the communications is more than enough, and a full-blast certificate is overkill.

Enter the initiative.

These nice folks will happily issue you a free certificate that covers #1. That basically covers the lowest tier offered by all certification providers, which sell these for about $10/year.

The only problem is that these are almost not ready for prime time. It involves a minor amount of geekery involved, and it was embraced on the Linux side of the business before it was done for Windows. Still, it is now possible to install a small app on Windows that will happily generate a CSR, send it to Let's Encrypt, fetch a 3-month certificate, install it in the correct IIS website, and setup a task to magically renew it every 3 months. And it's free.

And of course, if you are dealing with Apache in Linux, everything I outlined in the previous paragraph will work for you too.

But wait, there's more! Google just added this capability to Blogger! Their approach is so simple that I actually screwed it up: you click a button, you wait 5 minutes and it's all done. You don't even see the phrase "Let's Encrypt" or "free certificate." It simply does it for you. If you want to see it in action, notice that this blog is using it. As you can see, it is only vouching that the channel is secure, it is not verifying the identity of the organization running this website.

Also noticed I have retired the HTTPS certificates from my products list. It's no point on selling a product that isn't needed, there are plenty of excellent providers that are offering fair prices. Unlike, say, domain names, which I will keep selling for as long as the big names use them as a way to sucker people into upselling them.

Prices effective 3/23/2018

The following prices are effective immediately:

.com: $11.09/year
.net: $14.99/year
.org: $13.79/year

Privacy protection: $5/year per domain.

Those are the three most common TLDs, for a full price list please check

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Changes to front end and customer site URLS and no longer point to the main sales page.

New URL for sales:

Existing customers now login at: is now the main marketing/info site. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Scheduled database maintenance activity for 15 March, 2015

Date:15th March 2015
Start Time:02:30 AM GMT (08:00 AM IST)
Expected Maintenance Window:1 Hour
Services Affected:SuperSite, Control Panel, All billable transactions on SuperSite and SuperSite 2, Knowledgebase, API(Soap & HTTP),, WHOIS Services
Reason:System Maintenance for Database Upgrades