Web Hosting Domain Name Webhosting.co.uk Sold for $500,000 by Sedo

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According to a Tuesday post by Elliot Silver on his domain name industry blog Elliot’s Blog, Sedo domain broker Dave Evanson announced the sale of the web hosting related domain name webhosting.co.uk for $500,000 on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday morning.

While Evanson congratulated the “buyer and seller” in his post, he didn’t specifically identify either. The domain isn’t currently resolving to anything, but according to the cached copy on Google, and screenshots on the site screenshots.com, the domain was in use by a web hosting business as recently as July 18, 2012.

Based on the site, it appears to have been a shared web hosting business with a major focus on the BaseKit website building software. The domain also appears, in recent years, to have been home to a simpler attempt to monetize traffic by sending it to web hosting providers via a set of “reviews.”

A sparingly tended Facebook page for the web hosting company is still live, but doesn’t offer any useful detail about the business.

The sale of the domain appears to have been a case of the asset itself being more valuable than the business or businesses the owner was trying to operate via the site.

With the buyer unknown at this point, there is no indication of what exactly the intention for the domain is, but $500,000 is a big investment. The price tag seems to have been the source of much of the attention in the domain business, in part because the sale is the largest ccTLD sale of the year by a significant margin.

In his post, Silver links to the DNjournal year-to-date domain sales chart, which lists the previous high for a ccTLD as being just under $200,000.

The other big issue related to the domain’s price is the potential arrival of a strong competitor for the .co.uk domain in the proposal for a .uk domain submitted by Nominum, which, if it were to succeed, could certainly diminish the inherent value of .co.uk domains.

For companies in the web hosting business, the sale may be an interesting endorsement of the value of the term “web hosting” itself, a phrase that may have lost some of its edge in the “cloud” era. Somebody with deep pockets clearly thinks there’s profit to be made from the term “web hosting.”

Talk back: Do your customers still identify you as a “web hosting” company? Is there a value in the term? Is there enough value to justify spending $500,000 on the webhosting.co.uk domain? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. that's huge deal in hosting related field

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  2. Keep posting such nice articles mate.

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  3. thanks for sharing this amazing post. dude

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  4. that is a great thing.

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  5. So useful for all the new bloggers and all the people.

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  6. Can i make a new domain worth like 1000$ in a month or two? and how?

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  7. That's quite a big amount

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  8. Wow Big news Huge amount involved and web hosting industry is always about it

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  9. It could be nice and great deal.

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  10. It could be a great deal.....

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  11. Whoa.. flipping has always lured me. How is the webhosting.co.uk site doing now? $500,000 is an awful lot money

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  12. Great Deal

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  13. I think $500k is really amazing. It is an amazing domain for hosting providers. Congratulations to the buyers.

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  14. It could be a great deal if you know what to do with the domain and how, of course. As I see it's again parked at Godaddy, so it means that the buyer tried something, but without success. So that shows that when you don't have a clear idea what to do and how, money can't help you.

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  15. We all know that Web Hosting industry is growing at really very great pace. It's no doubt that the future is on Internet only and we can see starting from now only. By the way, I think $500k is really great amount for this domain.

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  16. Web hosting is a big industry and it's commercial value is increasing day by day as people are getting online more and more. This is certainly a great domain. If I had the money, I'd have surely grabbed it :)

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  17. Reading this article in 2015 it seems quite crazy. Especially after looking in the google trends on keywords like web hosting and that it decreases dramatically. The domain now is with the default godaddy screen so I am assuming it is for sale again...wondering how much it would cost in 2015.

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  18. As you and Edwin Hayward have mentioned, it will be interesting to see what happens with this domain if the .uk extension is approved. In any case, this is quite a sale!

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  19. Definitely a good buy. This should rank easily for keyword "web hosting" in Google which is the reason (i'm guessing) the buyer bought the domain. The seller in the SEO game from my research and seems to know what hes doing.

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  20. Wellllll done! I missed buying this over a decade ago :-( Instead I bought seiretto.co.uk - because it was a unique name... Still my business is still here, but I would have loved the half a million dollars too!

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  21. Web hosting companies are everywhere.WHMCS and reseller plan has assisted in mushrooming them. its all about the traffic you get is more important. if someone is paying $500000 for an inherit domain name in an anticipation of huge traffic diversion reflects only the high potential of web hosting market still untapped.despite of so many hosting companies around the world, greater pie of the business is still with top few of them not only because of just to say early bird catches the fly in online businesses but also their strategy of aggressive marketing without being victim of myopia. all around the world particularly in third world countries with internet and surfing getting cheaper day by day,small business is looking forward to go online as an extension of virtual presence of their physical subsistence.The potential is still immense and so the expenditure.

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