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Error: You Have Reached A Domain That Is Pending ICANN Verification.

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Earlier this morning I went to to see if they had updated the agenda for the upcoming conference.  I was a bit bewildered when instead of seeing the web page I was shown:

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Frankly at first I thought someone was screwing with me, but after a bit of research found out that this is an actual ICANN error page.

ICANN is the the nonprofit corporation that deals with dolling out domain names.  For most of us it is a name we only hear about when they are debating Top Level Domains or whether to allow non latin characters in domain names.  They generally deal with very dry concepts that most of us are glad we really don’t have to think of.  One of the things that they deal with when administering the Domain Name Infrastructure is the WhoIs database.  Whenever you buy a domain name you are required to submit your name, address, contact information and such.  This is to be used to track you down and communicate with you if you’re abusing the system. Frankly updating your ICANN information is something you’re supposed to do yearly, but most people don’t think much about it.  The curious thing I didn’t realize is that if your information isn’t up to standards your website can end up pointing to the ICANN warning instead of your website. This redirection is at the highest DNS level and there’s not much you can do about it other than follow ICANN’s instructions.

When I ran  WhoIs query on it came back as being listed as private with Dreamhost:

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Then after doing some more research I found that Dreamhost was notified that they were in “Breach of Registrar Accreditation Agreement” on October 31 of 2014, and this was their second break of agreement within 4 months.

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I can’t say for certain exactly what happened in this specific situation, but it appears the takeaway should be to take seriously the choice of your Domain Registrar, and to make sure you followup on any emails or requests for information from ICANN. Websites seem like simple things until you realize Pando’s event is less than 2 weeks away, and there no guarantee on how long this will take to clear up.


ICANN Verification:

ICANN WhoIs Reminder Policy:


WhoIs Quesry for

ICANN’s Communication to Dreamhost:



Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Jim Hodges June 4, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, I’m glad you put this up here. I’m going to go check out the info on my two sites and see if all is well. Thanks for the heads up Eli.

  2. kjell harald June 7, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Haha! I remember first time i saw this message. I believe it was in 2013.
    Very annoying when you got 20+ websites to manitace, and every website needs it own vertification.
    I found also out that if you have many websites on your name, You can get away with verifying only one of the websites to.

    It might been because all my domains are registered at one host. But its abselutely worth looking into if you can verify one website if you have serval.

    And Eli great shows on youtube, I really like listening to what you have to say 🙂
    I totaly agree tho, “If people dont like you, they dont need to look at it either.”

    I also checked out this site a little earlier but then i noticed your video saying it was down or closed.

    So happy you found a way to get it up again. There will always be someone that dont like the sociality people create.

    Anywiays good work! Keep it up 😀

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