.hiphop returns to GoDaddy after Uniregistry snub

The new gTLD .hiphop is back on GoDaddy’s storefront, more than six years after the company stopped carrying it in a controversy over prices.

Dot Hip Hop, which took over the registry from UNR (formerly Uniregistry) last year, announced the deal in a press release today.

The exposure should be good for the TLD, which has barely scraped together net growth of 400 domains since its relaunch with new drastically reduced pricing a year ago.

It currently has barely over 1,000 names in its zone file. It had about 650 this time last year.

GoDaddy is not nearly the cheapest place to grab a .hiphop, with its web site showing a retail price of $44, compared to about $25 at Namecheap and $35 at Hover.

.hiphop was on of 23 gTLDs managed by Uniregistry kicked out by GoDaddy in 2017 after Uniregistry massively increased its pricing without grandfathering on renewals.

A lot of those gTLDs are now owned by GoDaddy, after UNR sold off its portfolio two years ago. Ten that were acquired by XYZ.com do not appear to have returned to the leading registrar.

Most of the nine former UNR strings owned by newcomer and management successor Internet Naming Co also appear to be back on GoDaddy, apart from .forum, .hiv and .sexy.

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