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02|22|2010 04:38 pm EDT

Network Solutions Takes Over RollingStone.com ?

by Adam Strong in Categories: Registrars

As of this writing, the RollingStone.com website has become a Network Solutions domain parking page.  Gawker Media first pointed out that the music industry website was no longer active.

I know what you are thinking, the domain expired and NSI took it over.  WRONGO!  The domain doesn’t expire until September 2011.

The company refers to the problem as a “glitch” .  A pretty good size glitch given that according to Compete.com the site averages over 1 million monthly unique visitors.  This seems like a pretty large mistake  for a well-known publishing company to make on their own, so we’re left wondering who dropped the ball here.

Mashable is also covering the story and a commenter pointed out that the domain may be experiencing issues with their DNS provider or Akamai.

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7 Comments

Shashi Bellamkonda

February 22, 2010 @ 5:33 pm EDT

Hi Adam,

This is Shashi from Network Solutions. Rollingstone.com should already be back up for many viewers on internet and we have reached out to offer any assistance if necessary.

Thanks,

Shashi

Cindy

February 22, 2010 @ 5:49 pm EDT

Yeah….NetSol saves the day! The bad guys of the industry do it again.

Adam Strong

February 22, 2010 @ 5:50 pm EDT

Shashi, could you please identify the nature of the problem?
Who is at fault here and what was the cause that led to the domain going to an NSI parking page ?

Drew

February 22, 2010 @ 5:51 pm EDT

If it was a DNS/server issue outside NSI (at Akamai?) why would some people get an NSI parking page? That’s just WEIRD.

mrx

February 22, 2010 @ 9:22 pm EDT

Have you ever used the interface to change DNS servers at NSI? It seems to be deliberately obtuse, and it’s very easy to make this type of mistake.

Drew

February 22, 2010 @ 11:08 pm EDT

Ah OK.

Maybe they thought their problem wasn’t at Akamai, so someone got onto the NSI management interface thinking they needed to change something there and cocked up.

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