Yahoo ups annual domain registration fees
Users are notified via e-mail that the annual service fee for Yahoo's small-business site had increased by $25.
Starting July 1, users who have registered domains with Yahoo's small-business site will see their annual fee for the service jump from $9.95 to $34.95.
The news came in form of e-mail for anyone who has registered a domain with Yahoo Small Business, and a Yahoo representative told CNET News.com Friday that the e-mails have been sent 90 days, 60 days, and 30 days before users were set to renew their domain registration.
Yahoo said the $25 price increase is primarily being instituted to match the cost of doing business, and that registering domains--the process of creating a new Web address--can cost even more with other Web sites.
Since domain registration is not the core of Yahoo's small-business site, the company said its prices can not be as low as those of sites that focus on registering domains.
Low domain registration fees, though, can be a foot in the door to coax customers to upgrade to more profitable services.
According to Yahoo, new domain registrations will still only cost $9.95 and after a year, the fee will go up to $34.95.