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Every industry has its cranks, and I genuinely believe the biggest crank in the UK domain industry right now is Ryan Ewen. He’s off the Dulux Colour Chart. I wasn’t too bothered initially, everyone has the right to be a bit eccentric - but I recently became aware that he’s threatened the UKDNF.co.uk forum guys with legal action.

My Take on Ryan

I haven’t followed much of Ryan’s stuff. I’ve never met him or communicated with him, but his industry reputation from people I trust is that he’s a bit of a Billy Bullshutter. Due to Ryan’s actions, which I will come to shortly, I can’t link to one of the reasons I feel that’s true, but there is a thread on UKDNF about his companies' financials that seemed to confirm that belief.

I don’t believe anyone questions his integrity to do deals. If you pay him, you’ll get the name as described - all that sort of thing is sound, and I wouldn’t have any issues sending him money upfront.

As for the rest - bigging up your investments, saying your turnover is 10 times what it is - if it isn’t hurting anyone, then it’s not a big issue. I think I’ve even written before that maybe he’s just faking it until he makes it, and a lot of people do that. Again, it’s mostly a harmless or victimless act. Before completing transactions, buyers or investors should do their own due diligence if they are relying on statements from people; that goes for everyone and is not specific to any individual.

Do I believe all the hype about his big business deals? No. After reading about him from friends and people I trust in the industry, I take those things with a very large pinch of salt.

I don’t massively care about stuff like this, it's none of my business - each to their own. If you want to tell people you are Batman, game on, fill your boots.

Crossing the Line

You are entitled to inhale your own BS as much as you want, as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else. I wouldn’t have even bothered to write about it - each to their own. But, what I heard this morning is that Ryan had crossed that line of decency. He had issued legal threats against the owner(s) of the UKDNF forum, a forum set up to get away from industry cranks.

Those threats have led to the owner of UKDNF taking the forum down for an unknown amount of time. It's a shame as the Community has formed a nice group of people who have provided a lot of help to each other in the 2 months since it started. This is where I become a bit pee'd with Ryan and his actions, his craziness is now impacting people who aren't involved and have no wish to be involved in his transactions. In a sense he has now walked into our world and started poking about.

What Are the Threats About?

Well, I gather they are about this thread here. As UKDNF has been turned off for a short while, I had to do some research into it. The thread appears to show that Brandable has some serious security issues. Ryan doesn’t really want to be made to look like an idiot, so he has gone on the attack.

Any legal threats are a joke. Except for Dippy Dippy land I’m unsure how they can have any legal merit whatsoever. It just strikes me as someone throwing around legal threats without any understanding of what he’s actually talking about. I would find them hilarious, giggle for a few hours, write another blog post about how he is a bigger loon than I originally thought, and then get on with my life.

Unfortunately, people receive these threats in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to react to threats; different people have different circumstances and different things going on in their lives. It’s probably the reason the owner of UKDNF has taken down the site. I haven’t spoken to him, so I don’t know.

Crazy Business Decision

Ryan's just launching a new service aimed at Domainer's and this decision to take down a domain forum must rank up there with one of the most stupid decisions I've seen in the last 20 days or so.

Why on earth would you want to pee off your potential customers by shutting down their forum?

The only reason I'm not mentioning the name of the business is because I have two friends that I believe are sort of involved in it and don't want to do anything that would hinder their investments.

So, What’s the Reason for Me Posting This?

I hate cencorship, threats of cencorship are a form of bullying. By posting the pages (below) and the two web pages that Ryan is complaining about, I’m showing everyone that the guy is talking vollox. There is no legal reason for those pages to go down; they are public information. If Ryan is reading this, feel free to send me your legal reasons why I should take it down.

To everyone else reading this, every time you visit this page and this post is still up, consider it evidence that the legal threats wre nonsense and nothing more than a bully throwing his presumed weight around. That BS doesn’t work here. Censorship must never get a pair of legs, ever, zero tolerance.

Put the forum back up, ignore the cranks, and smile - oh, and stay away from Domain Summit, Acorn Domains, yellow snow and all that.

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Launch of Brandable: A Premium UK Domain Marketplace

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
We're thrilled to announce that Brandable.uk has officially launched! 🎉

After dedicating countless hours to building this platform from the ground up, we're excited to bring you a premium marketplace exclusively featuring UK domains. We've crafted this with the UK market in mind, especially considering its suppressed state over the last couple of years.

Why Brandable?​

  • Exclusive UK Domains: Only .uk and .co.uk domains.
  • Innovative Pair Matching: Our system permits one to automatically pair BIN .uk and .co.uk domains, displaying them on a single landing page for seamless browsing.
  • Simplified VAT Handling: All VAT considerations are managed within the platform.
  • Streamlined Negotiation Workflow: Enjoy a super simple negotiation process.
  • Complete Checkout & Transfer Tools: A full suite to ensure smooth transactions and domain transfers.
This is just the beginning. We're committed to continuous updates and improvements, aiming to inject fresh energy into the UK domain marketplace. If you're curious about the future of UK domain trading and want to see us in action, you can sign up at: https://www.brandable.uk/register

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
Here are some basics about the marketplace.

Once you create an account, go to the Account Section to fill in your personal or company details and payment information.

In the account section, you'll find the ‘Pair Matching’ option at the bottom. Here’s how it works:
  • Pair Matching On: One landing page for both .uk and .co.uk domains.
  • Pair Matching Across Accounts: If you have one part of a pair set to BIN (Buy It Now) and another user has the other part set to BIN, they will be matched and displayed on a single landing page. Both users need Pair Matching enabled.
  • Pair Matching Off: Each domain variant will have its own landing page, and no cross-account pairing will occur.
Adding your domains is a breeze:
  • Add them individually.
  • Use bulk upload.
  • Upload via CSV/XLS files.
Make sure to change your nameservers to:
  • ns1.brandable.uk
  • ns2.brandable.uk
Our current fee is set at 15%. You are free to use other marketplaces, and there are no binding contracts. Just remember, for our automation to work, your nameservers need to be pointed at Brandable

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
@invincible - thank you for catching that! The comments are placeholders. We appreciate your keen eye and will get these updated right away to reflect genuine testimonials about Brandable.uk. Your feedback helps us improve, and we're grateful for your assistance in making our platform better.

DJ

Well-known member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
Hi @atlas congrats on the launch, I wish you all the success.

Ryan emailed me last week and advised that using brandable's nameservers were a pre-requisite to listing on the marketplace. Is this still the case as your message suggests that they are only required for automation to work?

Cheers,

DJ

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
@DJ - yes, it is still a requirement for sellers to point their domains to our nameservers at all times. By doing so, your domains become searchable within our platform, which significantly increases their visibility to potential buyers. Additionally, it enables the full functionality of our features.

real

New member
Founding Member
Will you be offering the ability to import leads at a lower %, in a similar way Dan does for example? Could be handy for quick and easy GBP sales.

Would it also be possible to ask who owns the site and where client funds will be held during the domain sales process? Will they be ring fenced for example from company funds and fully protected?
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Greg

Active member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
Best of luck with the launch @atlas

One question I had was the sales pages references a ‘Buyers protection guarantee’, a couple of times, but I can’t find any reference to that in the terms of service? Assume it’s effectively an escrow service as the domain is moved to your tag (like Dan.com)?

invincible

Member
Founding Member
@invincible - thank you for catching that! The comments are placeholders. We appreciate your keen eye and will get these updated right away to reflect genuine testimonials about Brandable.uk. Your feedback helps us improve, and we're grateful for your assistance in making our platform better.
No problem. I thought they might be placeholders.

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
@real - Yes, the ability to import leads is on our short list of upcoming features, and we are likely to offer this at a 5% commission.

Brandable is owned by Dot UK Group. You can find more information about us on our basic website at:

Client funds will be held in our company account.

At this stage, we are simply focused on the successful launch and growth of Brandable.

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
Thanks @Greg !

We have a registrar set up just for Brandable. So we take possession of a purchased domain before releasing the buyer's funds to the seller. I agree that this could be made clearer and will make that change.

CM

New member

Copyright © Brandable dot uk. All rights reserved.
Brandable dot UK Limited. Registered company number 14657229 Registered office: 21 Bonny Street, London, NW1 9PE

That Ltd has 1 director and no refrence to "Dot UK Group". Does the footer need an update too?

DJ

Well-known member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
@DJ - yes, it is still a requirement for sellers to point their domains to our nameservers at all times. By doing so, your domains become searchable within our platform, which significantly increases their visibility to potential buyers. Additionally, it enables the full functionality of our features.

Thanks for clarifying Jeff.

atlas

Member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member

Greg

Active member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
We have a registrar set up just for Brandable.
Ah ha, I know, I gave Ryan the BRANDABLE tag ;)

So we take possession of a purchased domain before releasing the buyer's funds to the seller. I agree that this could be made clearer and will make that change.
Sounds good, perhaps some tooltips or a link to extra info to explain the guarantee could be useful. Also might be worth including the word escrow somewhere to explain Brandable is the third party managing the transaction for both sides.

Wayne

Active member
Nominet Registrar Founding Member
I think I pretty much gave the name Brandable.uk away a few years ago, nice to see it being used now.
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