Important Changes to MyAwardMaker

September 23rd, 2009 | by Suki |

Dear Friends,

Last week I received a letter that ‘unmade’ my day. Written on official letterhead and signed by the CEO of a company, the letter firmly but politely stated that the use of the domain name was infringing on their trademark and that I must stop using it immediately!

I was floored!! I had no idea when I registered the domain name two years ago that another website existed with a similar mark. After several sleepless nights of agonizing, researching and phoning attorney friends, I realized it was in my best interest to comply with the request and move on! I have never been one for confrontation and I realized that if I were in their shoes I would probably have done the same. Note to self (and all other budding entrepreneurs out there!) – do a trademark search before buying a domain name. It will save you much pain in the long run!

Well, this is not the end of the world – it is fixable.  This is really an opportunity to rebuild the site, do the things I should have done in the first place and, with your support, get over this ‘bump’ as quickly as possible.

There’s a lot that needs to be done. I need to find a new name (in progress), change all the graphics and text on the website, and change the watermark on hundreds of certificates. There are also a few technical things that need to be done but I hope to make the transition as smooth as possible, with minimal impact to you. In the meantime I’m just asking for you to be patient. If you find the site down, please return quickly. If you write to me about a free certificate template and don’t get a response, I’m not ignoring you (I actually do read every single one of the emails that come in), but I may take slightly longer to respond.

I appreciate all the wonderful emails that you send and I hope to keep the site running as long as I can. Your support and kind words keep me going and for this I thank each and every one of you.

Here’s to celebrating bigger and better days ahead!

Thanks very much for your understanding and patience.


Update  September 30, 2009
After a long list of  suggestions, MyAwardMaker finally has a new name – “Certificate”! This seemed to receive the highest votes from our Market Research team (a.k.a friends and family!) :)

You’ll notice the new logo on the main website and while we’re making the transition to the new domain name all our files will still be accessible via

Sorry if this causes any confusion – we’re doing our best to make this easy for everyone!

  1. 6 Responses to “Important Changes to MyAwardMaker”

  2. By Ibrahim on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    You poor dear. I feel for you. If there is anything I can do to assist get over this hurdle, please do contact me. You have my support and my best wishes to overcome this aggravation, and as you say, this provides you with the opportunity to do the things you wanted to do with the site anyway. Good luck, and God bless!

  3. By JR on Sep 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love the site, simple and easy to use. You do really nice work and I can’t wait to see the redesigned site. Sorry you are having to redo it but I am sure it will be even better. Keep up the great work. JR

  4. By Jane on Sep 25, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome website. Thanks so much. Makes my job so much easier!

  5. By Annie on Sep 25, 2009 | Reply

    Love your website. Sorry for your trouble and I’m glad to know you are not giving up!! I appreciate all you do and look forward to continuing to use your service. Thank you for making it available.

  6. By Al on Sep 26, 2009 | Reply

    I too want to express my regret and support for your efforts. This is a great site that we use all the time, I am a high school principal in a poor urban school. We use your awards to honor students and teachers who do a great job. It’s ashame that, once again, greed will triumph over good works. We’re with you! Tell us how we can help.

  7. By TheoWalcot on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Greetings! The site is great. Thank you for a great resource

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