I was doing some research, collating some transactional data from the past to attempt to piece together exactly how much I had spent on domain names over the past eight years.
I decided that it would be nigh on impossible to extract all my renewal data from the 50,000 emails I have received over the time period, and as such I decided that to get a 'best guesstimate' as to how much I had spent on renewals I would use the wholesale prices.
The wholesale prices of domains are the prices at which the registries (Verisign for .com and .net, PIR for .org, Afillias for .info, and Neustar for .biz and .us) sell registrations to registrars, the companies with whom the public tend to interact.
Registrars (such as Godaddy) then tend to mark up these prices to sell registrations to the consumer. As such my calculations utilizing wholesale costs would be an underestimate of what I had actually spent.
As such I went about trying to search for data on the wholesale prices of the various main extensions in which we have previously invested. To my dismay this data was extremely difficult to find. I did eventually find the data I was looking for, and such that no-one else has to go through the tedium of finding it, I thought I'd post it here.
As far as my understanding goes, the respective registries set a price that registrars have to pay. The registrars also have to pay an ICANN fee which varies from extension to extension.
I have listed the base registry rates and the dates they went into effect. The ICANN fees (where applicable) are noted next to the extension. As such, the real cost of a .com to the registrars from January 15th 2012 is $8.03.
I have also included links to the 'letters sent to ICANN' which notified them of the respective price changes.
We are building up to a full scale launch of our latest, and greatest product - PubJudge.com
Pubs are a passion of mine, and working on the PubJudge website over the years has been an eye opening experience in terms of my personal development.
In addition to the above I have learned Java, having jumped in at the deep end working on the Pub Judge android application. It is my intention that over the coming months I will complete the android app, and begin looking at Objective C and iPhone development.
Furthermore I have gained experience in networking, communication, marketing (offline, and web based), amongst other things.
Mentally, and financially, the development of the website has been a lot of effort. It has however paid off, and I have developed something I can 100% say that I am proud of.
So without further ado, here is a little promotional feature video that I put together to show to potential partners. Making this did show me one thing to do with computers which I am most certainly not good at :) - video editing.
Hope you like it, and check out Pub Judge if you are looking for independent, social pub reviews from across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Over the past month or two I have been actively working on the National Student Rodeo.
I have been working on the online registration system, and the scoring system for the event.
In November I was asked to create the website for the event. I did this, as can be seen here.
At the time I asked for details on what else the team would need me to design such that I could get it done while I had no work on. Needless to say I got the details in the middle of January :)
I designed the online registration system in near enough 3 days, then optimized it after it had gone live. It worked flawlessly, was a really good learning experience, and is easily expandable as well as being significantly more efficient than the last system. There was one small period of downtime based on me pushing a broken edit (oops), but no-one really noticed. Apart from that, my logs state it worked flawlessly. I am pretty happy.
The online scoring system is now complete in its most basic form. It also works really well. The hope is that by making the systems extremely efficient we will be able to massively reduce the workload of the technical team at the event.
When I mentioned that I was going to redesign the system, a few people with little knowledge of the area chastised me for making an informed decision. Needless to say, I think I have proved them wrong.
NSR 2012 will be awesome. Using this system the only organizational problem will now be actually getting people on the course :)
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