Well, Distrowatch is back up for the moment, here is what the founder of Distrowatch had to say:
Moving to a new domain registrar (by ladislav on 2014-07-08 01:44:05 GMT from Taiwan)
Many thanks to all who have taken the time to write in and suggest a new domain name registrar for distrowatch.com. As you can imagine there have been many suggestions, but the one that came up most frequently was gandi.net, a Paris-based registrar. Apparently, this company is also very Linux-friendly and has an excellent customer support. I've initiated the transfer already and hope there won't be any disruption to the service. As such, we can close this topic.
I'd like to dispel some of the speculations that appeared here and elsewhere - there was never a problem with the bandwidth or the hosting of the website. Our hosting company (EasySpeedy, based in Denmark) is a separate entity from the domain registrar (Doteasy, based in the USA). It was simply a matter of the domain registrar unilaterally imposing a charge on a service that I had never asked for, don't need and won't use. When I refused to pay, they simply disabled the domain, even though the issue had been sorted out (or so I thought) with a support technician. Of course, Doteasy doesn't do technical support on weekends, but they are quite happy to disable your website on a Saturday night! As they say, fool me once and... well, you know the rest.
One good thing that came up from all of this was all the great support and many worried posts on Linux/IT websites around the world - from major ones like ZDNet to smaller blogs in Canada, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Iran and other countries, everybody seemed worried. That's nice to know So thanks everybody for support; rest assured that DistroWatch is not going anywhere (at least not intentionally).