UPDATE: This morning, as I predicted below, the roundsforsenate.com website went live.
Among the first public tipoffs that Mike Rounds was considering a Senate run was when aide Rob Sjonsberg registered two Internet domain names, roundsforsenate.com and roundsforsouthdakota.com.
With Rounds expected to announce a Senate candidacy tomorrow, I checked back on those websites to see if there was anything there.
There’s no actual websites there. But there is a filler page from a Parallels website manager software. I can’t remember for certain if that was there before, but I seem to remember a default GoDaddy placeholder page. The Parallels filler suggests someone has been using Parallels Plesk Panel to work on the website.
Roundsforsouthdakota.com now redirects to roundsforsenate.com. I don’t recall this being the case; it used to have a standalone placeholder page, I think.
Google turns up some interesting results inside a /test directory. Visiting roundsforsenate.com/test gives a “forbidden” error, while visiting roundsforsenate.com/tests, or a string of random gibberish, turns up a “not found” error.
So someone has clearly been working on these websites.
I ran a utility on the domain for all the robot-readable pages inside the website. There are a handful, all in the /test directory. You can read that here.
Bottom line: Either I am incompetent at memory/understanding the Internet (very possible!) or someone has been preparing a website at roundsforsenate.com to go live tomorrow.