International domain prices are on the move

Because we’re being charged more by our providers, we are increasing some international domain prices from July 1.

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New prices for some international domains will come into effect on July 1. We never enjoy charging you more, but the sad fact is that domains are getting more expensive for us to provide.

There are a few different industry factors at play here, which have led us to seek and earn ICANN accreditation recently. In time this will give us a larger say in our own pricing. To understand why, you can read how our new ICANN accreditation will shorten the domain supply chain.

Right now though, our only option is to adjust prices as our own costs rise. For any domains that you already have registered with us, new pricing won’t take effect until they come up for renewal. There is no change to .nz domain prices.

For the most popular affected domains, new prices are shown below. The new .com, .au and .uk prices match current prices for .nz domains.

Quantity .com, .*.au, .co.uk .net, .org .co .kiwi
1-19 $35 $35 $58 $73
20-49 $29 $32 $58 $73
50-99 $25.50 $31 $58 $73
100-249 $24.50 $30 $58 $73
250-499 $23.50 $29 $58 $73
500-999 $22.50 $28 $58 $73
1000+ $20 $27 $58 $73

Other TLDs are affected. From 1 July you'll be able to log in and see full domain pricing in our Control Panel.

Although we’ve been able to keep .nz, .au, .uk, .com and .net prices on a single tier, other domain pricing is splintering. We have removed our ‘gTLD’ price bracket as a result. This will let us keep better tiered pricing for popular names such as .com, which is particularly important for our reseller customers. Our servers in Sydney are growing in popularity, and more Australian customers are joining us, so we’ve also taken the opportunity to offer competitive tiered pricing on .au domains alongside .nz and .com.

The full story is worth knowing

Price rises aren’t exactly fun to think about, and with inflation in the headlines lately you might not feel like digging too deeply into the curious case of the expensive domains. But today’s rises are part of a trend that predates any hint of inflation elsewhere, and which goes right to the heart of the Internet’s administrators. If you’re in the tech business, it’s worth wrapping your head around it all.

Understanding the overall trend, and its causes, led us to take action and secure ICANN accreditation. We recommend that you read how our new ICANN accreditation will shorten the domain supply chain.

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