Swedish .se domain registry has provided a good example for other country code domain registrars. The Swedish registry has released the two-letter domain names within their country code domain .SE.
There are a number of additional names which will be auctioned by the Swedish registry this fall. Those will include two-letter names corresponding to national codes as well as the names of countries. According to the information posted on the registry’s website, there will soon be allowed for registration such addresses as no.se, tv.se, pr.se or thailand.se and spanien.se.
The list of blocked and claimed names for .se domain was developed in 2003 when registration of .se domain names became possible to applicants outside Sweden. It is expected that within the next three years, most of the names on the list will be available for registration. In the past, the registry freed numerical domains in 2006 and geographic names were released in 2008. So far, the domains were released on a first-come, first-served basis. This time, according to the procedures laid down in 2013, domain names will be auctioned off and the proceeds from the auction will be donated to a number of initiatives connected with the development of the Internet in Sweden.
The names that have been blocked for registration or proprietary .se domain names include the following categories:
- Combinations of digital format xxxxxx-xxxx
- Two typos, followed by two hyphens,
- National codes according to ISO 3166-1 alpha-2,
- Domain Test
- Second-level domain,
- The name of the scope of the Swedish law,
- Swedish names of countries.
Beginning 3 November 2014, two-character names will be available under the Portugal’s domain .PT. There will be available both types: letter-based and numerical domains.
Fifty-one (51) domain names will be allocated via auction, which Portuguese domain registry will organize in December. At the same time, there will still be a limitation for certain character combinations, including those corresponding to country codes used for others TLDs. The deregulation of DNS for .PT does not include the names consisting of one letter. The proposed rate for the registration of two-character names under the extension .PT is 100 euros plus taxes. The starting price at the domain auction will be € 499 plus taxes.
In retrospect, it seems that blocking two- and one-character domain names can prove profitable for the registry. Domain values increase year by year, and if the www extension is highly appreciated on the market, the registry may not only get high amount of proceeds from the auction of released names, but also set a high price for the renewal of new short names.
.london domain was made available for general registration on September 9, recording over 12,000 domain registrations within the first 24 hours of its general availability, with a total number of registered domain names of over 35,000.
During the Landrush phase, there were 22,600 domain names registered under .xyz. Within 24 hours following the opening of the General Availability phase, there were 12,400 new domain names recorded.
The number was impressive but still fell short of the expectations. Even though this result is a record among new gTLDs, the predicted numbers stretched as far as 50,000 registrations. Comparatively, the .berlin domain recorded less than 32 thousand domain name registrations within the first day of its General Availability, but a number of free domain names were offered to the residents of the German capital during a promotional campaign.
On the other hand, the .club domain, leading the way among new gTLDs offered for a fee, had nearly 26,000 domain names registered within the first day following the start of its General Availability.
High expectations for .london were aroused by the prominent position of London and its sizable population of 10 million as well as the promotional efforts made by the registry of .london domain in the British capital.
The .club domain has been the first among new generic TLDs to achieve 100 thousand paid registrations. The total number of names under the new extension is now 2.1 million. The .XYZ domain scores highest with the more than 477 thousand domain registrations, followed by geo TLD .berlin with nearly 140 thousand domain names registered to date.
The marketing of the .club domain has been more transparent yet equally effective when compared to .xyz, given the number of paid registrations. .club has been the first among new gTLDs to benefit from the support of a celebrity – the promotion engaged a well-known rapper 50 Cent. In addition, the domain has been visible for several weeks on the home page of the world’s largest registrar. It seems clear that honest marketing practices bring positive results, although it is difficult to downplay the value of the extension itself.
The .club domain, in a very short time following its release for general registration, has become a leader among new generic TLDs with paid registrations. It may be too soon to talk about big profits, but considering the renewals of .club domains next year, a substantial return on this wide-reaching .club campaign can be expected.
Lots of people say that the new gTLD .xyz has enormous potential. The domain’s major advantage is the fact that it has no specific meaning. That exactly is what makes it so great. The domain consists of the last three letters of the Latin alphabet, which makes it an ideal global extension, free from the constraints of a particular language.
The .xyz domain is intended as an extension offering both flexibility in terms of possible applications and eye-catching, easy to remember internet address. This is the potential of this extension: it is memorable and recognizable, and at the same time definitive.
Even before the release of the domain name, the registry declared an ambitious goal: one million domain names registered within .xyz during the first year of its operation, and five million registrations over the period of three years. So far, the overall standing of the domain does not look bad. The .xyz extension is the first and only domain from a pool of new gTLDs that has reached 500,000 registered names. At the time of writing this, it has already exceeded that number!
According to ntldstats.com, currently there are more than 2 million new gTLD domain name registrations. Only three of them (.xyz, .Berlin and .Club) have more than 100,000 registrations, five extensions (.xyz, .Berlin, .Club,.Guru and .Wang) have more than 50,000 registrations
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers‘s (ICANN) rolling out of 20 new top-level domains every week starting this fall spells trouble to some.
Despite ICANN’s assurances that the expansion of gTLDs will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs, regulators as well as industry experts have been warning against it pointing out increased possibility of illegal use of domain names including fraud, trademark infringement as well as all sort of scams.
ICANN has committed to address the issue of violations by establishing a global trade-mark clearing-house that will deal with reported cases of abuse as well as making sure domain name registrants will follow ethical rules as outlined in contracts.
The expansion of domain name suffixes has been designed with the non-English speaking countries in mind to help the Internet be global and more usable resource. Domain names in national script will increase the scope of communication locally but sceptics doubt it will increase help international contacts. For example, Arabic users might feel reluctant to send out emails ending with an Arabic suffix. Furthermore, the online content will be harder to navigate causing confusion among users, especially trying to find their brand.
To protect their trade-marks and brands, businesses are going to buy several variations of their domain name in order to shield themselves from possible abuse. But with so many combinations at hand including misspellings and typo-squats the task can be very costly. Small businesses in particular will be facing challenges as they do not allocate as much preventive measures against fraud and legal counselling as big corporations.
Within a year and half it is expected that 1,400 new gTLDs will be introduced to the online community within various categories (industry, geography, ethnicity, etc.).
Still wondering about whether or not to buy a domain name? Wait no longer. There are great benefits in having a quality domain name. A business card only goes so far but a website opens your company’s door to potential clients across the globe twenty-four hours a day. An effective domain name can also yield significant returns for your enterprise. Descriptive domain names can be very useful on a competitive market.
Here are a few things to consider:
Credibility & Reputation – If you invest in a generic domain name, visitors to your website instantly know that you take your business seriously presenting a professional image. You can keep your domain for years by renewing it annually.
Instant Type-in Traffic – Generic domain names usually draw direct navigation traffic from the start. Recent studies suggest that type-in traffic is quality targeted traffic that generates more results than search engine traffic.
Marketing your business – You can use your domain name to effectively establish your presence online by supporting an existing brand or building a new brand under your domain name. Adopting a quality generic domain in the company’s marketing campaigns and promotional activities can promote a wide-spread recognition of the company’s products and services. Clients will soon associate the company name with the generic term of the domain.
Being Competitive – Try to buy the domain name of your choice before your competition does. Domain names grow in value at a fast pace and a quality domain name that you own is a domain your competition doesn’t have. It works to your advantage as generic domains can generate substantial traffic. At no additional cost, a quality domain name can daily drive hundreds of potential new clients to your company’s website instead of that of your competition.
Search Engine Ranking – There is a better chance of reaching top positions in search engine results for websites incorporating keyword-rich domain names.
Investing in Domains – Domains industry keeps growing dynamically and has become a lucrative investment zone. In fact, no other commodity goes up in value faster than domains.
Reasonable Pricing – Most domain names can be purchased at low cost. Once acquired, a domain name can be renewed for approximately $10 per year.
Business Growth – Well chosen domain names can help your business grow by reaching a larger audience and entering new markets. They can also attract new clients.
Many companies large and small have already purchased generic domain names to benefit from their business building potential. You can do it too by registering a domain of your choice at a reliable domain registrar.
Domain names, like real estate, are nowadays valuable possessions. Some of them being the envy of millions. In contrast to regular domain name registration process, acquiring an expiring domain name involves a different approach.
A domain name expiry date is not always what it seems to be according to a domain registrar. And the domain does not become available for new registration at the time of its expiry. In reality, it goes through a 40-day grace period during which it can be reclaimed by the initial domain holder. During the grace period, visitors attempting to enter the expired website are redirected to the homepage of the domain’s registrar.
If the domain holder has not re-activated the expired domain within the grace period, the contact information in WHOIS registry is deleted and the domain in question enters the redemption period. During that time, the domain is not yet available for sale to other parties and the initial holder of the domain still has a chance to keep the domain for a fee payable to the registrar. When the domain goes into the redemption stage, it can be expected that the domain holder is no longer interested in keeping the domain.
The next stage that the expiring domain goes through is the ‘locked’ phase lasting for about five days. If, during that time, the initial holder of the domain does not renew it, the domain officially expires and is removed from the ICANN domain database. It is then released and becomes available for purchase to anyone.
It is close to impossible to track and snatch the expired domains of choice and some domainers choose the option of placing a back order with domain registrars. This method, however, does not guarantee a successful purchase of the domain you want.
To maximise their chances, some domainers turn to companies specialising in snatching domains. They focus on the 3-hour drop period of expired domains during which domains are being deleted from the database and released into the domain ecosystem. Attempts at registering the domain manually during the drop period seems useless when competing with power servers of the domain snatching companies such as SnapNames.com, NameJet.com, Enom.com or Pool.com.
Each of the above companies functions in a different way, but generally the domain applicant registers with the company, provides credit card information and agrees to pay a fee (approximately $20.00) plus the amount of the winning bid upon the availability of the expired name. The fee is waived if the domain applicant does not receive rights to the domain.
Finnish internet is going to be junk free
The Finnish Sector Power is operating .FI typo-squatting research, analyzing deliberately incorrectly spelled Finnish websites authorized via a Malta-based domain registrar. As many as 886 websites of Finnish companies and services are being examined. Currently, the Maltese signing up company has been declined the right to sign-up new Finnish websites until other statement is made. The undercover actions may gradually cause to the annulment of all .FI websites authorized by the affected Maltese domain registrar.
.SG websites against fraud
Beginning May 2013, the Singapore sector signing up power will need confirmation of sector address owners modifying or implementing for new .SG websites. This evaluate is the result of past cases of identification scams and bogus signing up of .SG websites using bogus details.
The new process will be required for both second level.SG websites (which are semi-restricted) and third level .COM.SG names. The amount and type of titles a registrant may apply for is not limited, however a local management get in touch with must be offered. The new techniques need that the Admin-C of a new sector signing up must send a confirmation of the get in touch with details and identification of the new .SG or .COM.SG sector registrant via email to the personal computer. The admin-c must be a citizen of Singapore! It is worth noting that this new process will only impact future owner changes of current websites (and not current .SG or .COM.SG sector address registrations).
.CF websites for everyone
Central Africa domains .CF will also be available to candidates from all areas of the world, regardless of place or nationality. The .CF websites will lastly be unlimited and accessible to all registrants following the Sun rising program interval arranged for signature entrepreneurs. Sun rising interval finishes May 31 and will be followed by Landrush for frequent .CF websites. Open signing up is planned for July 1, 2013 on a first-come, first-served foundation.
Welcome to EU
The variety of Croatian .HR sector address users improve rapidly – despite the regional existence requirements. As France is predicted to become the Twenty eighth participant state of the Western Partnership, it is expected that a variety of new Western as well as offshore organizations will open their company workplaces there. France, considered mainly as a touristic nation, is predicted to become the next Mediterranean sea gemstone worldwide organizations to do company with. The EU account is predicted to bring about a fast improve in trade between France and other EU states as well as important financial systems globally.
Croatia’s own nation rule top-level sector (ccTLD) .HR is becoming more and more popular, as regional organizations prefer to use it to other additions such as .EU, .COM etc. own nation rule top-level sector (ccTLD). Worldwide oriented organizations have a great opportunity to present their manufacturers to the Croatian market by applying their .HR websites through a truly regional website. Research has shown that using a regional websites instills trust and identification online
Before the live launch, there will be Sunrise for companies and trademark holders, it means that from may 2 to 31 You can register Your domain name in Mali. After that period of time all other applicants can register their domains in Mali.
Here is a list of trademark agencies which are accepted by Mali registrar: