EV1Servers has been approved as an ICANN_accredited domain name registrar, the company said today. The Houston provider was approved for top level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .us. The ICANN approval follows a similar move by The Planet.
"This is great news - for both EV1 and our customers," says Robert Marsh, the company's CEO and Head Surfer, who is on the mend after undergoing open heart surgery last month. Marsh said the company plans to introduce an enhanced domain registration system with new features including DNS management and URL forwarding, which will be available to both new users and owners of the 200,000 domains EV1 currently manages through its reseller relationship with Tucows/OpenSRS. The company will also offer an integrated reseller interface for domain names, SSL certificates and website builder software.
Marsh said the new system would be online "in 2Q 2005," meaning sometime between now and June 30. The date is of interest to EV1Servers' customers, as the company's online domain management system has been offline since March 16 offline. EV1Servers staffers are processing domain renewals manually while the new system is readied for the changeover.
The ICANN accreditation "is part of our ongoing effort to support our customers' businesses," says Marsh, who in March underwent emergency surgery to bypass several blocked arteries and insert an artifical heart valve. The surgery was a success, and Marsh was out of the hospital within a week.
"My recovery and rehabilitation will not be a short or easy one," Marsh said in a posting last month on the EV1Servers' customer forums. "However, the management team at EV1 has stepped up to fill my shoes in my absence. My doctors have mandated certain changes in my lifestyle, particularly during my recovery, so I regret that I'll not be regularly following these forums as I have in the past. However, the EV1 team has always been active here and they will continue to be."
Our best wishes go out to Robert for a continued recovery.