For those with better memory than a gold-fish on crack, a year or so back I wrote an article about Co.cc and how you can use them with email and I also did a Co.cc referral review but it seems as of today they might have pulled the plug.
For those that may not know, Co.CC was a free sub domain service that gave you a sub domain (like snat.co.cc) and then gave you full DNS access so you could use it as you would a normal domain and the service worked great – even I used them for a few throw away domains but that is where the problem came in.
Due to its free nature (and it’s $10 for as many as you want), Co.CC was abused and used for scams and spamming and was even de-listed by Google at one point although they did re-enable it. Getting back to the article on hand a few days ago Co.CC seems to have removed its DNS records which ultimately has stops its own site from working and every sub domain it provided.
The reasoning why this has happened isn’t known and I tried looking everywhere. Could have been disabled due to an attack and yet to come up, could have exchanged ownership and yet to come back online, could the owner no longer want to run the service or did the folks behind .cc wanted it gone.
At this point I do not think we will ever find out but still sad to see a good service gone. For those that used Co.CC I doubt it will be coming back online or at the very least not coming back online any time soon. For anyone looking for a replacement service I would advised to get an actual domain but if you can not afford that (or simply do not want to pay) I would recommend you either go with a Dot.TK domain or pick one of the many subdomains on FreeDNS @ Afraid.org.
If I learn anything else about this I will update this article but if you do know something then please do comment below.
16 November 2012
It has came to my attention that it is possible that the domain itself may have been suspended as the domain as of right now is “Status clientHold” when you check the Whois for the domain. This is often used when a domain has been suspended. I am guessing that the abuse issues they had in the past became such an issue, the people that runs the .cc domains may have had enough of the co.cc domain and have it on turned off. In other words the people behind Co.CC itself may have not shut it all down but rather having issues with the people that runs .cc. If this is the case, there may be a chance the domain will come back up.
If it will come back is something no one knows yet.
Publish on November 15th, 2012 by Matthew Ellis (Snat).
Edited on March 5, 2013.