Transfer of Wikipedia sites from GoDaddy complete


After months of deliberation and a complicated transfer, the Wikimedia Foundation domain portfolio has been successfully transferred from GoDaddy to MarkMonitor. The portfolio transfer was formally completed on Friday, March 9th, 2012. The transfers were done seamlessly and our sites did not experience any interruption of service or other issues during the procedure.

As the provider of the 5th most visited web properties in the world, the Foundation cares deeply about who handles our domain names. We had been deliberating a move from GoDaddy for some time — our legal department felt the company was not the best fit for our domain needs — and we began actively seeking other domain management providers in December 2011. GoDaddy’s initial support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the controversial anti-piracy legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, reaffirmed our decision to end the relationship.

After exploring numerous alternatives, the Foundation’s legal team decided that MarkMonitor could best provide the comprehensive services that we needed. MarkMonitor is a U.S.-based registrar with an office in San Francisco and has substantial experience managing other high-traffic domains. The company will help the Foundation consolidate and centralize management of all of its domains, will provide services needed to manage a global domain portfolio and will better protect our domains with additional security features.

The Foundation was already utilizing MarkMonitor’s brand protection services and we found their dedicated customer support team’s work to be exceptional. The use of their domain management services ensures greater efficiency in the handling of the Foundation’s trademark and domain name portfolios.

We have been very impressed with MarkMonitor to this point and we are confident we have placed the Wikimedia domain portfolio in competent hands.

Michelle Paulson
Legal Counsel

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51 Comments on Transfer of Wikipedia sites from GoDaddy complete

cheaperasp 1 month

Are Wikipedia websites still hosted with MarkMonitor or you have transferred from there as well. What was the reason for that transfer.

Bossini 9 months

How much does it cost to switch to MarkMonitor for domain name registration?

Singapore Web Design, Singapore SEO, Singapore Internet Marketing 4 years

I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented to your post. They are very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. May you please lengthen them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

chemwile 4 years

Godaddy is the worst place to host a large website. I had a managed vps plan with them and i tell you it was a terrible 2 months experience.

yoetama 4 years

I do not know if this is the best choice, all concerned would know more definitely.

Imran Soudagar 4 years

Wow I never knew Wikipedia was 5th most visited website!!!
best wishes.

mario32 4 years

I find interesting information if you do that gives them a good benefit to both readers welcome

ananda 4 years

well done wiki, i appreciate with this……..

Need True Help 4 years

This was a great move by Wiki.

Godaddy Support for SOPA/PIPA and other really hurts the sentiments of majority of Internet Marketers

bawolff 4 years

“will provide services needed to manage a global domain portfolio and will better protect our domains with additional security features.”

What sort of security features does a domain register supply?

Jan Klaassen 4 years

Well we should be happy the impact wikipedia has. For normal people moving away from Godaddy is a pain in the ass. With Godaddy on regular base ‘hijacking’ domain names.
Enought stories on the net.

Guess the realized they have to ‘seamlessly’ move the domains of wikipedia. If the did something nasty, it would trigger even more people to leave godaddy or even an investigation. Kudos for the wiki-team that executed the transfer.

usenet 4 years

Good move on your part. Wikipedia is an oracle for many Internet users. I wonder if others have the courage to follow in your footsteps. The day had come.

Mildred Bonk 4 years

And their offensive, sexist advertising campaigns didn’t factor into this decision?

Snat 4 years

Well done Wiki for backing your claims!

That said, their interface was useless anyway, why anyone would keep using it I do not know.

techkast 4 years

Good move. I did the same sometime ago. Wikipedia took much more time though!

665226420 4 years

Danger Wikimedia troyann

Hmm 4 years

How many domains did you move?

Luis Arriojas 4 years

Hi, I support you with your move away from GoDaddy, but I wonder, Where does Wikipedia move now? What hosting provider will it use now? Or Did it only move the domain portafolio? Thank you.

Tim 4 years

I completed the transfer of every domain I own/manage, personal and corporate, last month. It was a pain in the butt to move so many domains but I just couldn’t support GoDaddy any longer.

DannyBoy 4 years

Good on ya, mates!

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