June 10, 2023

Domain Names Tied To Email is Fail


Why do we still require an email address for domain names? Aside from that, why do we tie it to the registration and administration of the domain name?

I’ve been trying to transfer a .ca domain name to somebody else, but according to Tucows and Cira, it’s just not possible.

See, when I registered the domain name I did it with my old Comcast email account. Last football season though, I got pissed at not having the big10 network, so I switched cable and internet providers. In doing so, I no longer have my old comcast email account.

Can you see the problem?

Issuing an email change request sends an email confirmation to the old address. So does issuing a transfer. Guess what? So does changing name servers for some stupid reason.

So I called Tucows, even if I verify the credit card number, or call from the phone # listed on the account, they can’t help me.

I have to fill out the form at adminchange.com.

Sounds simple until you look at the form.

Not only does it need to be signed in front of a Notary, but I need a lawyer, doctor, judge, police officer, or certified accountant who is not related to me but has known me for 2 years to witness it. WHAT THE FUCK?

Then I have to fax it – talk about another pointless outdated technology.

Somehow, I have a feeling this domain transfer is going to take a while.

Could the process be any more retarded?

Here’s a new process:

“Hi I want to change this on this domain name?”
“sure, what’s the last 4 digits of the credit card on your account and your account password?”
“xxxx yyyyyy”
“ok great, we’ll change that for you right now.”

See how simple that was?

About Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is an SEO from Detroit. By day he works as a manager of SEO & Analytics at SapientNitro where his team performs SEO for Fortune500 clients. By night he's either playing hockey or attempting to take over the world with his own websites - which he would have already succeeded in doing had it not been for those meddling kids and their dog. The views expressed here have not been paid for and belong only to Ryan, not any of his employers or clients. Follow Ryan on Twitter at: @RyanJones, add him on Google+ or visit his personal website: www.RyanMJones.com


  1. Hi Ryan – would you let me know what the domain name in question is and I am sure I can assist you and.or explain CIRA’s process for changing an email address on a .ca.

    thank you

    Paul Karkas
    Compliance Officer OpenSRS
    Tucows Inc.
    [email protected]

  2. Ha ha, oh HG how I love it when you bitchslap these companies! Keep up the good work!

  3. Really interesting post here