.no registry discovers new letter

The Norwegian registry NORID carried out some small alterations to their terms and conditions. One of which is to also allow the usage of the accented letter ï (i umlaut) in .no domain names. Apparently they only now discovered that this letter is being used in one of the official languages spoken in Norway, exactly 13 years after allowing the usage of accented letters for .no domain names. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 16, 2017

.africa (finally) ready to launch

After about 5 years of bickering behind the scenes and over 3 years after the first new gTLD’s went live, .africa is finally ready to launch. It took so long before the launch was possible because there were two applicants for this TLD. Both claimed to have support from African countries, but reasonably soon it became clear that the bid coming from the registry also running .co.za (ZACR) was the more sound bid. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 16, 2017

DNS Belgium switches to the cloud

On Saturday February 11th DNS Belgium will switch their technical system for registering and managing domain names to the Amazon cloud (AWS). The migration will start at 9am and it will probably take until late afternoon before all services will be available again. Read More…

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This post was written by lieve on February 10, 2017

1 and 2 character domains soon available at .at

nicatThe Austrian registry will soon be releasing the domain names, existing from only 1 or 2 characters. This was already possible for many years at .co.at and .or.at, but soon will be available for .at as well! Read More…

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This post was written by Vanessa De Loose on August 24, 2016

Dutch won’t be allowed to run .bv

2000px-.bv_logo.svgAbout two years ago we reported that the Dutch registry might be allowed to run the .bv domain name extension. This actually is the country code of the Bouvet Island,  but since this is a completely inhabited island, the domain name extension has never been taken into active use. With Bouvet Island being a dependency of Norway, the Norwegian registry NORID is responsible for the .bv extension. Because there is no local market for .bv, they had been negotiating with the Dutch registry SIDN about handing over .bv management to them. “BV” in Dutch is the same as for example “Ltd” in English or “GmbH” in German. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on August 23, 2016

.eu and .ею webawards

The .eu en .ею webawards are ongoing. Those awards will end on September 2nd. Do you know a great website under the .eu or .ею extension then you can nominate this site in 1 of the 5 categories of the webwards.

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This post was written by lieve on June 21, 2016

.sc, .men and .racing allow 2 character domain names

Both the .sc registry and the .men and .racing registry informed us they’ll allow 2 character domain name registrations under those extensions. For .men and .racing these registrations are already possible, for .sc those registrations will become possible as from July 1st 2016. Read More…

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This post was written by lieve on June 17, 2016

NIC.uy offers IDN on .uy

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Since 14 June 206 you can now opt for IDN characters in your Uruguayan domain name. NIC.uy is adding the Spanish IDN characters to the allowed characters for .uy, these are: á, é, í, ó, ú, ü and ñ. Read More…

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This post was written by Vanessa De Loose on June 16, 2016

.co.uk still preferred to .uk two years after launch

Old habits die hard. And that clearly is true for what people are used to in the domain name market. While 100’s of new extensions have been launched the past few years, most people stick to what they know. There is some clear proof of this with the .uk extension. This was launched two years ago as the replacement for .co.uk. Nominet, the registry behind both .co.uk and .uk, put everything into place so that owners of a .co.uk domain name would be able to make a smooth transition towards .uk. Two years later, it turns out that hardly anybody has actually made the switch. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on June 9, 2016

Direct 2nd level registrations under .mt

niclogoNIC-malta, the registry managing the .mt domain name space, has announced that they plan to allow domain name registrations directly under the 2nd level for .mt in the near future (exact timing is not known yet). Currently only registrations on the 3rd level, under for example .com.mt and org.mt, are possible.

The launch procedure would be somewhat similar to that of 2nd level .uk registrations two years ago. Just like with .uk, the .mt domain name corresponding to an active .com.mt or .org.mt domain name will be reserved for the owner of the 3d level domain name. The reservation remains for a 3 year period and it would actually be free of charge to already activate such a reserved .mt domain name during that period. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on June 8, 2016