Domain name registrar Alpnames has imploded, leaving hundreds of thousands of domain names temporarily stuck in purgatory. Thankfully, there is a solution for customers that want to access their accounts and move domains to another registrar.
Alpnames used the registrar platform LogicBoxes to manage its domains and you can still log into LogicBoxes’ system to access your domains.
The Alpnames Logic Boxes control panel is at apal516804.myorderbox.com. Choose “customer” from the dropdown box and enter your Alpnames credentials.
A new registrar will eventually take over Alpnames accounts, but it’s worth transferring at least your best domains for safe keeping.
It should give Alpnames customers some relief to know that a third party was managing Alpnames’ backend.
ICANN shuts down Alpnames domain name registrar
ICANN takes emergency action after Alpnames seemingly shutters.This is all that’s left of Alpnames.
Domain name overseer ICANN has shut down registrar Alpnames after the registrar seemingly went dark.
I received an email from a customer about a week ago complaining about not being able to log in to his account. Kevin Murphy at DomainIncite has done a good job tracking the situation at Alpnames.
The termination will be a good test of the mechanisms ICANN put in place after RegisterFly was shuttered many years ago. Yes, other registrars have been terminated, but Alpnames is fairly large in terms of domains under management. It is the ninth-largest registrar for new top level domain names. At one point it had some common ownership with Famous Four Media, which offered its domains at cut-rate prices.
It was also shut down without warning.
Let’s hope that Alpnames was properly escrowing its domain ownership data.
Just last year in February, the company put out a press release stating that “Iain Roache has increased his ownership of AlpNames a leading domain registrar and web hosting company by acquiring a further 20% of the Company’s share capital for a consideration (including combined costs) of £3.9 million with a view to growing the business into a Tier 1 registrar.”
That didn’t work out.
The demise of Alpnames is another reminder to choose a domain name registrar you trust to be in it for the long haul.