Irish registry contemplation liberalization of the rules

The Irish registry IEDR is currently carrying out a public consultation asking if it should loosen its registration rules or not. Currently, in order to register a .ie domain name, you need to proof a link with Ireland and to have a claim on the domain name you want to register. This claim can be a registered trade mark or a company name, which are easy to verify. But it could just as well be something more vague like a type of service you plan to offer in the future. The new plan would be to still require proof of a bond with Ireland, but if you can proof such an Irish link, then you may register any .ie domain name.

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This post was written by admin on September 28, 2017

.cd registry becomes abandoned ghost ship adrift

Without anybody noticing, the .cd-registry recently became an abandoned ghost registry adrift. For many years, the registry was run by one person who originated from Congo, but is now employed by a South-African university. According to contacts with the Congolese government, they wanted to bring back the management of the .cd domain space to within Congo and the South-African administrator left the ship abandoned before a take-over could be arranged.

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This post was written by admin on September 27, 2017

.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