11|22|2010 12:52 pm EDT
Social Networking Hosting company Ning, co-founded by Marc Andreessen of Netscape fame, has now partnered with eNom for domain name registrations. Customers that do not want to use the Ning-provided subdomains, can now purchase their domain directly through Ning’s reseller relationship with eNom for the price of $24.95 per domain name year. Previously Ning customers wanting to register their own domain had to do so outside of Ning.
It remains to be seen how many Ning customers will take them up on the offer at this comparably high price-point.
eNom and Ning Partner To Offer Domain Name Registration to Ning Creators
Partnership Allows eNomCentral Domain Name Owners the Ability
to Quickly and Easily Build Social Websites through Ning
PALO ALTO, CA – November 22, 2010 – Ning, the world’s largest platform for creating custom social websites, today announced a partnership with eNom, the world’s largest ICANN-accredited domain name wholesaler, owned by Demand Media. This new relationship will actively promote Ning social website capabilities to eNomCentral customers, and also enable Ning customers to easily search for and purchase domains in order to brand their social communities.
“We are always looking to bring new valuable options for Ning Creators,” said Matt Halprin, EVP of strategy and corporate development at Ning. “We are taking our powerful social platform and making it available to the large eNomCentral customer base, which helps them evolve their websites into truly custom social destinations. In the same vein, eNom is making its product available to our Creators.”
Previously Ning Creators were required to leave Ning in order to purchase a unique domain address for their websites. Now through this partnership Ning Creators interested in purchasing a custom domain, starting at $24.95, can do so directly, through the Ning Dashboard or by visiting www.ningnames.com.
eNom will promote Ning as the go-to social website service for its existing as well as new customers on their retail channel, www.eNomCentral.com.
“We are excited to bring the social power of the Ning platform to our customers as they understand the importance of having a personalized destination online,” said Chris Sheridan, vice president of sales for eNom. “We also appreciate the opportunity to make domain registration a simple and complementary step in the creation of customized websites by Ning Creators.”
Ning is the leading online platform for the world’s organizers, activists and influencers to create social experiences that inspire action. For brands of all shapes and sizes, Ning makes it easy to build custom and powerful social websites. Ning Networks span categories like politics, entertainment, small business, non-profits, education and more, connecting millions of people every day around the topics they are passionate about. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning was co-founded in October 2004 by Chairman Marc Andreessen and is privately held. For more information, visit www.ning.com.