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

Monstrous ICANN policy nobody noticed to be on its way

171px-ICANN.svgLast year in September, ICANN announced new rules that would need to be applied to updating the information of the owner of a gTLD domain name. This includes the new gTLD’s, but also .com, .net, .org,….  Previously there were no rules at all regarding updates to the owner information of such a domain name. This new ICANN Transfer Policy however is more strict than what most country code registries enforce.

The new procedures should have gone into effect the first of August 2016. But after “feedback from the community”, ICANN changed some wording and removed a clear error in the procedure. And because of this, delayed the enforcement for 5 months, until December 2016. Regretfully the actual proposed procedure has not been tampered with. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on June 7, 2016

.green lowering price premium names

Afilias_GREENThe registry behind .green has decided to change the pricing of their premium domain names. Just like many other new gTLD’s, the .green registry had at the time of launch marked a large amount of domain names as “premium” names, with a premium price-tag. They now announced that 16000 of those premium domain names will be available at normal retail price from July 6’th onwards. This will mean that many domain names which would now set you back around € 1000, will only cost around € 75 per year.

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This post was written by admin on June 7, 2016