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KSregistry Becomes Registry For .VG But ccTLD Is Frozen Until April 15th; Registrations Resume May 12th

April 11th, 2014 Comments off
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands to KSregistry GmbH. Due to the difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, […]
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.Ar Domains (Argentina) Go From Being Free To Around $25 A Year On March 5th

February 26th, 2014 Comments off

According to the Buenosairesherald.com, .Ar domain names, which is the Country Code (ccTLD) for Argentina will go from being free to costing  “less than” 200 Argentina Pesos ($25.42 based on today’s official exchange rate) a year starting on March 5th.

The change from free to less than 200 pesos applies to new registrations and any renewals of .Ar domain names starting on March 5th.

The national director of the internet domain registries Gabriel Brenta is quoted by the Herald as saying

“What we are trying to do is adapt to current global practices, and on the other hand, establish procedures that if a business brand domain is being used, it can be recovered in the short term,”

Yet the fee would not just apply to new domains but also to the three million users who already own .AR sites and who will now have to renew their registrations annually.

“The change however should not come as a shock because “very few countries” throughout the world offer free hosting — and none in the region.”

“Users have been asking to pay for domains for a long time,

“The community of designers and internet entrepreneurs had been requesting this modification.”

Hum

A community of users that has been getting something for free are now asking to pay instead?

Maybe things are different in Argentina, but not from what I saw when I visited the country for ICANN Meeting last November.

In any case you will have to pay up starting in just a few days.

Nice notice guys.

 

 

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SHorter .UK Domains Are Launching On June 10th

January 30th, 2014 Comments off

Nominet announced that shorter .UK domains are going to become available on the 10th June 2014.

 

.UK Domain Names

Nominet says:

“We are proud to announce the upcoming launch of .uk – out on its own for the first time

A shorter, sharper domain name which puts the emphasis firmly on your website name – exactly where it should be.”

One of the most important aspects of the dotUK launch is that .co.uk domain owners will have first refusal when securing their respective .UK domain!

“So if you have a unique .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk the shorter and snappier .uk will be reserved especially for you for free up until 10 June 2019 as long as your domain remains registered.”

Check out whether or not your rights are secured with the Rights Lookup Tool.

This will definitely help prevent concerns that all of a sudden, .co.uk domain owners would be second best! Not only will you get a chance to secure your .UK domain name before anyone else, but Nominet will also keep all other second level domain names active!

The cut-off date for registering your .co.uk domain to make sure you have first refusal on your .UK domain is the 28th October 2013 at 23:59hrs.

Anyone will be able to register a .UK domain as long as they’re eligible for .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains.

The only exceptions highlighted by Nominet are these:

“Where the registrant is overseas an address for service in the UK will be required.

PO Boxes will be unacceptable in the address.”

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“In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand”

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

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George Pongas is the general manager for Aus Registry, AusRegistry is the current registry operator and wholesale provider for all commercial .au (Australia) domain names including .com.au and .net.au, and non commercial domain names .gov.au and edu.au.

He recently posted something on the Aus Registry website with regards to 2013 being a good year for .au domains. He makes mention of the new gtlds at the end of his post and shares the sentiment of many readers here and in the industry as a whole. “In the face of confusion, people will default to something they trust and understand.

By George Pongas

Last year was a memorable one for .au domain name sales with a number of significant auctions and aftermarket deals making headlines.

For the second time in three years, a .au domain name was included in the top four sales for the world’s highest reported domain name sales for country code Top-Level Domains.

Coming in at fourth place in 2013 was cruises.com.au which was sold for $103,400. It was only edged out of third place by pizza.nl (Netherlands) by $100, followed by fotograf.de (Germany) at $117,810 in second place and jobs.ca (Canada) at $450,000 in first place.

This year’s fourth place follows last year’s highest recorded .au sale – hobart.com.au, which sold for $67,600 and ranked 15th in 2012’s sales chart.

The other .au domain name in this year’s top 30 was mysuper.com.au which came in at 29th spot with a sale value of $28,691.

This is a terrific result for .au and demonstrates the strong position it has attained on the global stage.

It’s especially significant considering the larger namespaces it’s competing with and the countries with bigger economies. Despite Australia’s relatively small population, the .au namespace is recognised as one of the world’s leading country codes and ranks in the top 10 country code Top-Level Domains globally.

Only recently we reported on the many benefits business owners can attain by registering a premium generic .com.au or .net.au domain names. Our carloans.com.au case study showed how a premium generic domain name helped their business decrease marketing and AdWord spend while increasing revenue and brand awareness.

Clearly, savvy business owners are aware of the .au aftermarket value and are using it to their advantage.

In September 2011, investmentproperty.com.au became the highest recorded domain name at auction when it was snapped up for $125,000 by New South Wales property developer Vision Homes.…

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.CN Landrush exceeds 50 Million Yuan

January 13th, 2014 Comments off

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NiceNic.net out with another interesting piece of news, the .CN Landrush auctions of previous reserved domains has generated over 50 Million Yuan/RMB.  That equates to over $8.2 million

They posted today:

As of Jan 12th, 2014, the open auction of previously-reserved .CN domain names by CNNIC entered into heating-up period, and the total price of recent auctions already exceeded 50 million yuan/cny/rmb, of which GAME.CN, GW.CN, LB.CN, CM.CN stood out with final biddings surpassing million. The whole auction showed a significant upward trend.The auction of domain GAME.CN ended in bidding 3.098 million cny after 686 fierce biddings and it refreshed many a record.

GW.CN broke out as a potential dark horse with final bidding price of 2.004 million cny, and ranked only second to Game.CN. GW is the abbreviated form of “gou wu” or “guo wang” in Chinese Pinyin, and in English, it means “shopping”, “national network”.

The blockbuster LB.CN ranked third with final bidding price of 1.1 million cny. LB can be perceived as “lao ban”, “li bao”, “lian bang” in Chinese Pinyin and in English, “boss”, “gift”, “federal”.

The fourth auction is CM.CN, which is a hot traffic domain name, fiercely pursued by Chinese domain investors/domainers, and bidding ended in 1.066 million cny. – See more at: http://nicenic.net/news/messview.php?ID=12814#sthash.w00SMTHg.dpuf

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Domain Name Game.Cn Sells For a Record $511,000

January 7th, 2014 Comments off

According to nicenic.net,the domain name Game.CN sold for $511,972.38.

.Cn is the ccTLD for China.

According to the story, the domain was a previously reserved .CN domain name Game.CN which was in a public auction, which ended in bidding 3.098 million cny,” with intensive competition of 686 bids in the last hour”.

“”That Game.cn broke three million refreshed .CN open bidding history, also won the big honor of most expensive .CN domain name in 2013

But why can Game.CN get so popular? It’s a good question, game means 游戏 in Chinese, Game.CN is short and easy to remember, and now the hot gaming market, the gaming industry has deservedly become one of the Internet’s most profitable industry, Game.CN’s value is thus demonstrated. Game.CN can be used for gaming sites.

Most gaming websites were using creative domain names like “digital + game”  or pure digital domains. Although the game industry favored the digital domain, but domain industry prefer game domains with specific meanings, for example, Shanda paid big money to buy javaGame.cn.

Compared to other “game combination” creative domain names, Game.CN would have less limitation but more applicability. It is suitable for WebGame, MobileGame, online game or even gaming company’s official website. In addition, Game.CN can contribute to stronger brand awareness, i.e. Sina Weibo paid a lot for weibo.com and made the concept of Weibo = Chinese twitter deeply rooted in Chinese netizens.

It is reported that Game.com domain name had been registered in early 1998 and got online, it also intensified the competition on hot domain Game.CN for the domestic game companies.…

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Indonesia will roll out shorter .id Domains Next Year

December 19th, 2013 Comments off

TechInAsia.com reported that the country code for Indonesia will be getting shorter.

From the article:

Next year, Indonesians will have to get used to a brand-new ending to web addresses that sounds really short and sweet. It’ll be ‘.id’. The new domain ending will go on sale as early as January 20. The domain name was approved a couple days ago by the highest internet domain name authority in Indonesia, the Forum Nama Domain Indonesia.

As with all new domain endings, the sale of ‘.id’ domains will commence in three phases. The first phase, which is called sunrise and goes on for three months, will prioritize trademark name owners in Indonesia to allow them get their hands on important homepage addresses.

Two months afterwards comes the second phase called grandfather, which lets owners of ‘.co.id’ or ‘.web.id’ sites buy the new ‘.id’ domains. Then starts the third phase: the landrush.

The second and third phases will happen between June and August next year. If name disputes happen, then the domain names will be auctioned to the respective parties.

This should bring about a few popular domain hacks.  Student.id, Fake.id, Squ.id and if they allow 1 character registrations put me down for B.id.…

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With 20 Million Domain Registration, The Registry Behind .TK Raises $3 Million In Funding

December 16th, 2013 Comments off

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Freenom who is the registry for the .TK which is the ccTLD of Tokelau, which offers free domain names has closed a $3 million Series A funding round led by Kima Ventures.

Freenom is headquartered in Amsterdam runs the .TK registry which is the second most registered domain name extension in the world with over 20,000,000 domain name registrations.

Only .com has more domain name registrations that .TK

The company also has signed deals with the countries of  Gabon (GA) , Central African Republic (.CF) and Mali (.ML), to manage their top-level domain registries and plans on continuing their  business model of giving away free domain names.

Revenue comes from monetizing expired domain names. Freenom takes back domains that are no longer used by the registrant or have expired, then sells the residual traffic to advertisement networks.

Additional revenue will be generated by offering services, such as hosting packages, SSL certificates and others, to users.

These new services will be available starting in  January.

We did an extensive post on the company back in March 2012.…

Oktogo.Ru Acquires & Rebrands As Travel.Ru

December 13th, 2013 Comments off

TechCrunch.com just covered Oktogo, “one of the larger hotel-booking sites in Russia which acquired , acquired Travel.ru, for around $2 million”.

Travel.Ru was a site not just a domain name.

“Today, Oktogo announced that it will rebrand the entire company as Travel.ru, as it pivots into a new role as an integrated, one-stop travel shop that pairs travel commerce with travel information.”

“The new Travel.ru is also announcing another $5 million in funding led by VEB Innovations, to build out its branding and new business strategy.”

 

“The latest funding takes the total raised by the new Travel.ru to $31 million.”

“The new Travel.ru not only gives users the ability to search for and purchase airfare, hotels and tours, but to provide pre- and post-booking assistance in the form of tourist information about destinations and travel practicalities (Visa information features prominently on the home page). The new Travel.ru offers in-house and user-generated travel content as well as the option to book across some 5,500 hotels in Russia and 350,000 hotels worldwide, and currently has some 3 million monthly unique visitors.”

“Travel.ru was first founded in 1998, around the same time as Mail.ru — where Kolesnik was one of four co-founders. Interestingly, the Mail.ru domain name was acquired by her and her-founders for only $500 from the same team that started Travel.ru.

 

By 2000, Mail.ru was growing fast (and today it’s Russia’s biggest online company in terms of traffic). As part of a desired move into travel, it acquired a majority stake in Travel.ru. (Kolesnik left Mail.ru in 2001 after the merger with Yuri Milner’s Netbridge.)

 

Fast forward a few years, and it seems that Mail.ru’s travel business wasn’t bearing fruit, so Mail.ru sold its stake in Travel.ru as a non-core asset. Since then, Travel.ru has been developing as a stand-alone business — until September, when it was acquired by Kolesnik and her team.”

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Godaddy.com Warns Customers That .Vg & .Tc Domains May Not Be Renewed & Will Be Costly

December 12th, 2013 Comments off

In any email Godaddy.com warns customers that they might not be able to renew .VG domain names or .TC domain names.

If they are able to renew them they are not going to be cheap

“We previously told you about a dispute at the .TC and .VG domain name registries.”

“We have already suspended new .TC and .VG registrations because of complications at the registry, and we may have issues renewing your domain(s). ”

“Also, effective immediately, the registries have increased the price of renewals: .VG are now $199.99 and .TC are $149.99 per year.”

“We’ll do our best to work with the registries to renew the domains”

We told you about a big issue with .VG and .TC domain names back in March of this year

.VG is the ccTLD for for the British Virgin Islands.

.TC is the ccTLD for Turks and Caicos Islands

You can read our previous posts on those extensions here and here.

 

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