Domain Names

21 September 2017

4 domain name registration myths debunked: Getting a domain name doesn't have to be complicated or expensive

The internet is generally the first place people look for information on just about everything. That’s why when you register a domain name, or several, it’s an important step for making sure businesses can be found — even without a website. To help eliminate some of the most frequently encountered misconceptions about domain name registration, Verisign addressed a few popular myths:

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20 September 2017

Spain Attempts to Censor .CAT Domain Names

Spanish police raided the offices of the .cat registry Wednesday morning seizing all their computers, according to InternetNews.me, apparently in retaliation for some .cat domain names being used to host websites for the Catalan independence referendum scheduled for 1 October.

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Neo-Nazi Website Finds a Home in Iceland

The alt-right neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, has finally found a home, for the time being at least. The website has reappeared with a .is domain name, Iceland’s ccTLD. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.

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15 September 2017

Global Domain Name Growth Continues at a Crawl in Second Quarter

It was only a few years ago that the growth in the number of domain names registered around the world was in the 5 to 10% range every year, sometimes even higher. Today however that growth has slowed to a crawl as many markets around the world reach maturity, even saturation.

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Blockchain and Hurricane Harvey Score In Top .COM and .NET Keywords for August

Verisign’s list of top trending keywords registered in English is an indicator of some of the events that are popular, in the English(predominately American)-speaking world at least. In August the top keywords dealt with “crypto”, “block” and “chains”, “Houston” and Hurricane “Harvey”. The blockchain and crypto keywords had regular appearances in recent monthly charts.

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13 September 2017

Daily Stormer Booted From .AT

The Austrian ccTLD registry, nic.at, has booted The Daily Stormer’s .at domain name. The Daily Stormer has been booted by quite a few domain name companies, from registries to registrars and even Cloudflare.

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07 September 2017

The .ASIA Crystal Ball Sees A Bright Future Following Liberalised Eligibility: Leona Chen-Birkner Interview

Recently the .asia top level domain made a number of changes to eligibility, the main one being to enable anyone, anywhere with an interest in Asia to register a .asia domain name. As the Asian region expands, and Asian communities around the world grow and diversify, there are some great opportunities ahead. There are challenges ahead for .asia, as with any top level domain, but their experiences can also be instructive. Recently Leona Chen-Birkner, Vice President of Registrar Relations for DotAsia Organisation, sat down with Domain Pulse to discuss DotAsia’s experiences, and what the future looks like.

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05 September 2017

Why It's Important To Keep Domain Name Contact Information Up to Date

One of the key reasons for a registrant to keep their domain name contact information, also known as WHOIS data, up-to-date is so their registrar can contact them. The other is so the registrant can receive notifications of changes to the contact information, so they can be verified, particularly if malicious actors have tried to take control of your domain.

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04 September 2017

Does Domain Name Size Matter? Yes, But Not As Much As Readability

The length of a domain name is important, but its readability more so, so says SIDN, the registry for .nl domain names. Shorter domain names do get the big dollars when it comes to sales, but with the growing importance of social media, it’s not the be all and end all.

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03 September 2017

auDA Unrest Continues: 'Hard Politics in a Geeky World'

Another board member has quit the auDA board according to an article in Monday’s Australian Financial Review, one of Australia’s leading business newspapers. The most recent uncovering, that of Leonie Walsh standing down 4 weeks ago, appears to have been kept secret with the newspaper discovering Walsh’s departure by digging through ASIC, Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator, records.

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01 September 2017

Pierre Bonis Appointed Afnic's new CEO

The French ccTLD manager Afnic has appointed Pierre Bonis as its new CEO. Bonis replaces Mathieu Weill who suddenly resigned in late April after 12 years at the helm to take up a position as the Head of Digital Economy Department (SEN) in the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE), part of the Ministry of Economy in France.

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Beijing Gets On Board With the Rest of China Allowing .VIP, .SHOP and .LTD In Boost To All 3

The Chinese market is one that requires lots of perseverance for the operators of TLDs wanting to offer their domain names to local customers. To get approval the registry operator must get approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) first, and then the local regional communications department of the region where the domain owner is based must also recognise the TLD.

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30 August 2017

Unsurprisingly, Only a Few Actually Know Much About the Internet

There’s an important need for widespread internet education among internet users of all ages and backgrounds following the findings of a survey to test U.S. consumer knowledge and awareness of the internet by the Public Internet Registry, operator of .org among other gTLDs.

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29 August 2017

SWITCH Deletes 5,000 Online Shops in .CH

If the price is too good to be true, well, it’s almost certain the be a fraud. But there are plenty of online shoppers who are only too willing to let the temptation of a bargain tempt them. And they often end up with counterfeit goods. And it’s a problem that many TLD managers take seriously. After all, they have a reputation to protect, for themselves and their customers with legitimate businesses using their domain names.

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24 August 2017

.TOP Is Now The Tops Among New gTLDs

The .top new gTLD has for the first time become the largest of all new gTLDs by registration numbers following a huge loss of registration numbers by .xyz, with 1.4 million not renewed on 23 August alone, according to nTLDstats.com. The latest figures have .top at 3.277 million with .xyz at 3.063 million.

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23 August 2017

ccTLDs Show Slight Growth As New and Legacy gTLDs Decline: CENTR DomainWire

The global market share for ccTLDs has shown a slight growth in the second quarter of 2017, while legacy and new gTLDs have dropped back, largely due to declines in domains under management for .net, .org and .xyz, according to the latest CENTR DomainWire report.

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Blake Irving To Retire As GoDaddy CEO With Scott Wagner to Succeed

It’s the world’s largest domain name registrar and cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. It has nearly 17 million customers worldwide, over 71 million domain names under management and over 6,000 employees around the world. And it’s CEO of the last 4.5 years, Blake Irving, has announced he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2017, days short of what would have been his fifth anniversary.

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22 August 2017

New gTLDs Lose Over 1.8 Million Registrations in 2 Weeks Led By .XYZ As Promotion Anniversary Passes

New gTLD registrations have fallen over a cliff in that last 2 weeks, losing over 1.8 million registrations led by a massive decline of almost 1.7 million from .xyz over the same period, according to nTLDstats.com. The .xyz decline was expected given a massive promotion they held in May 2016 when 3.2 million .xyz domains were registered in 3 days.

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17 August 2017

Russia Rejects Neo-Nazis Domain and Forced Onto Dark Web to Stay Alive

The Neo-Nazi website for The Daily Stormer is currently on a bit of a world tour of top level domains trying to find a home. After first GoDaddy and then Google deleted their .com domain names, they then briefly tried a .ru domain, which was also quickly deleted.

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16 August 2017

Director Resigns as auDA Shows Signs of Listening to its Constituency

auDA has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent months. The .au policy and regulatory body announced they were going to “build and operate” the registry in-house, they imposed an onerous Code of Conduct on members and they withdrew all historical board minutes, agendas and reports (public versions) from their website.

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GoDaddy and then Google Reject Neo-Nazi’s Domain Registration

First GoDaddy and then 3 hours later Google rejected the domain name registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, Monday. According to Whois, the domain name is still registered with Google.

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11 August 2017

Australian Regulator Takes Action Against Domain Registration Companies

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking action against 2 fraudulent businesses that have been sending out unsolicited notices to businesses. The ACCC alleges these notices look like renewal invoices for the business’s existing domain name but instead were for the registration of a new domain name, at a cost ranging from A$249 to $275.

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07 August 2017

auDA Flying In Another Orbit, Like Pluto's, In Denial About CEO/Director Conflict of Interest

auDA. What planet are you on? Monday night they released an astonishing statement defending the demand class board appointment of Dr. Michaella Richards in October 2016. The announcement does nothing to address probably the most significant concern about her appointment, that is the undeclared conflict of interest between herself and CEO Cameron Boardman.

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'Too Snobby' auDA Stuck in a Pre-1990s Time Warp

Following the auDA Special General Meeting last week, more of which is to come (or read some updates on the Domainer blog), I started to think how auDA is stuck in some pre-1990s time warp. And today retiring veteran Australian political journalist Laurie Oakes is reported by The Guardian as saying “journalists should not be ‘too snobby’ about digital startups”.

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28 July 2017

auDA Chair Faces the Music and Resigns Before Vote to Oust Him

The auDA Chair has faced the music realising his demise was imminent on Monday when a Special General Meeting was to be held to vote on his removal. However he also indicated auDA, the .au policy and regulatory body, will continue on the path of the current management that will continue to alienate many members and key stakeholders such as registrars who have enough of accountability and transparency disappearing, no community engagement, poor communications, mass staff defections and the cosy closed shop between the CEO, Chair and key board members.

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