In 2020, CentralNic celebrates 24 years in the domain and web services industry. In the past seven years, CentralNic has annually doubled in size five out of the past six years through a combination of organic growth, winning new clients, and by acquisitions. CentralNic’s unique omni-platform approach is underpinned by a philosophy of providing every customer type of domain names and associated web services with world-class solutions.
Since its establishment, CentralNic has developed its own proprietary software platforms for the global distribution of domain names. During 2011 and 2012, CentralNic embarked on a number of growth strategies, including winning over 100 new gTLD and ccTLD registry clients to provide registry, distribution, DNS, marketing, policy and abuse management services.
In 2013, CentralNic listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LON:CNIC) and later that same year purchased the rights to the DomiNIC domain management platform which is used by Telcos and large corporations to manage sales of domain names. In 2014, CentralNic acquired Internet.bs, a Top 20 global domain name registrar with customers in nearly 200 countries. Also in 2014, CentralNic took a minority stake in Accent Media, the owner of the new domain name extension .TICKETS. In 2015, CentralNic continued to execute on its acquisition strategy with dnsXperts, a German software development company specialising in domain name management platforms for Telcos and large corporations.
Early in 2016, CentralNic announced the acquisition of Instra Group, a large, Australian based ICANN accredited registrar and supplier of associated services to small businesses and corporations under well-known brands as OnlyDomains, Instra, and AsiaRegistry.
In December 2017, CentralNic completed its purchase of SK-NIC, the domain name registry for the Slovakian domain extension .SK.
In August 2018, CentralNic achieved another milestone when it acquired KeyDrive, a global technology business and leading domain registrar which manages nearly 6 million domain names. This acquisition doubled the size of the company and added strength in the reseller platform and corporate domain management area of the business. Following swiftly, in September 2018, came the acquisition of GlobeHosting, a registrar and retailer of domain names and SSL certificates and a hosting provider servicing principally the Romanian and Brazilian markets.
CentralNic further strengthened its position in the domain name industry in June 2019 with the acquisition of Australasia’s leading reseller platform TPP Wholesale, which introduced CentralNic to web services such as hosting and Office 365 software at scale. This was followed by acquiring HEXONET, a market leader in domain name platforms and services for thousands of reseller clients from around the globe. Around the same period, CentralNic acquired I Want My Name, renowned as the domain retailer with the best user interface design in the industry.
At the end of 2019, CentralNic added the additional division of web services to its bank of offerings with the December 2019 acquisition of Team Internet, which operates the popular domain parking service ParkingCrew that monetizes more than 20 million domains.