Domain Names

02 November 2017

ICANN Advise on What You Need to Know When Transferring a Domain Name

Recently ICANN provided a post on their blog on what you as a domain name registrant need to know when transferring a domain name.

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29 October 2017

Google Searches Now Focus on Your Actual Location, Not the ccTLD in Your Search

Last week Google made another update to the way their search engine works with searches no longer indicated by the domain but rather search results will be served the country service that corresponds to your location. Typing the preferred ccTLD into a search will no longer bring you to the various country services. It’s a change that could make ccTLD domain names less relevant for marketers and businesses.

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27 October 2017

Verisign Report Third Quarter Results With Renewal Rates Trending Up

Verisign reported their results for the third quarter of 2017, and they show that .com and .net are performing strongly, combined, with renewal rates highest in the 6 years for which figures are available. In their financial results Verisign don’t break down .com and .net.

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19 October 2017

Has the Australian Government Got Fed up With auDA?

The Australian Government has ordered a review into the operations of the .au policy and regulatory body, auDA. Could it be that after 2 years or turmoil and mismanagement that the government has had enough?

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06 October 2017

Donuts New gTLDs Purring Nicely

Domains Under Management for the new gTLDs operated by Donuts have increased by a third (34%) in the year to the end of August 2017 according to an update posted by Donuts this week.

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05 October 2017

EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2017 CENTR Awards

Eurid, the .eu registry operator, has won Registry of the Year at the 2017 CENTR Awards held in Brussels. This was the first year Registry of the Year has been awarded and was voted on by registrars with 105 participating in the survey with CENTR saying there was a tight race for the winner.

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04 October 2017

Google Making the Web More Secure Adding its TLDs to HSTS Preload List Google Security blog

Google has started adding some of its new gTLDs to the HSTS preload list and making those TLDs more secure, making those namespaces secure by default. While not available for public registration yet, Google intends to make some of these secure TLDs available for registration soon.

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27 September 2017

Interpol Operation Sees Hundreds of Domain Names and Counterfeit Medicines Seized

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than $51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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22 September 2017

In Series of Raids on Catalan Offices, Spanish Police Raid .CAT, Arresting and Now Releasing Director Masoliver

The Spanish government is getting heavy with Catalonians due to the upcoming referendum on independence, aiming to stop the referendum. Police raided numerous government offices among others Wednesday in the Spanish state of Catalan, one of those being Fundació puntCAT, the registry for .cat. As part of the raids police arrested Fundació puntCAT’s Director of Innovation and Information Systems Pep Masoliver on charges of embezzlement, trespass and disobedience. Masoliver was released Friday morning. Although the conditions of his release aren't yet known.

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ISNIC Looking at Options After Neo-Nazis Register .IS Domain Name

The alt-right neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, is back online using a .is domain name, the ccTLD for Iceland. But the .is registry, ISNIC, doesn’t appear too happy with a report saying they’re looking into their options as to how to deal with the issue.

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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, 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,, 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 The latest figures have .top at 3.277 million with .xyz at 3.063 million.

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