registration – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 registration – 32 32 Do high renewal fees kill domain resale value? Mon, 26 Jul 2010 19:54:27 +0000 Domainers have registered more than 200,000 .co domains, many with the intention of reselling the names for profit. It is normally easy to see a domain for at least the registration fee, but will this be the case with .co?

One challenge .co presents to sellers is its high renewal fee. At around £20 a year, the names aren’t cheap to hang onto for long periods of time. The same is true with many other ccTLDs. Some cost upwards of £200 or more to renew!

These high renewal fees provide a major incentive for sellers to sell the name as fast as possible. They also turn away buyers. As a result, many .co registrants are looking to sell their names as fast as possible. This drives down market prices across the board. Before registering a ccTLD for resale, take the renewal fee into consideration.

Ban on the Word "Bank" in .SE Domains Mon, 31 Aug 2009 20:20:35 +0000 Swedish money
The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has banned the use of the word “bank” in any .SE domains, except for those companies granted permission to use it. Furthermore, any combination of the letters b,a,n, and k are apparently also banned. Presumably, permission will be granted to those organizations which are actually banks. The question that one must ask is whether or not a website that lists banks in a directory or happens to have the word bank in the company’s name will still be allowed to register * domains.

They are insisting that the restrictions be implemented at the time of registration so that anyone who attempts to register a .SE domain with the word “bank” in it will simply be denied. I can only guess that those with legitimate cause for using such a domain would have to jump through hoops to get approved. This outlines a problem that plagues organizations trying to crack down on fraudulent activities with unreasonably harsh restrictions. The only ones who get inconvenienced are the honest customers.

PTS argues that they are protecting people from financial fraud (such as phishing) by restricting who can use the word “bank”. In reality, all they are doing is making it more difficult for real banks to register domains. Those who wish to steal identities and financial information will simply find other means. PTS’ approach only addresses the symptoms rather than offering a cure.

Source: CircleID
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ICANN Plans to Rethink Expired Domain Recovery Fri, 28 Aug 2009 20:13:02 +0000
It happens all too often. You have a lapse and forget to renew your domain name registration. One day you go to your website to find it filled with text link ads instead of your content. Re-registering should be simple, but ICANN‘s At-Large-Advisory Committee (ALAC) reports that the methods available to consumers who want to recover their expired domains “have proven to be ineffective.”

The current system involves a 45-day auto-renew grace period. After the grace period ends, the registrar deletes the domain, and it enters a 30-day redemption grace period. At this point no website will appear when trying to access the domain. The registrant can still renew the domain at this point through their current registrar.

ICANN’s consultation asks: “whether adequate opportunity exists for registrants to redeem their expired domain names; whether expiration-related provisions in typical registration agreements are clear and conspicuous enough; [and] whether adequate notice exists to alert registrants of upcoming expirations.”

They are also considering whether there needs to be some type of notification system as the domains progress through each grace period and face deletion. Furthermore, registrars are allowed to sell domains in the auto renew period to third parties. That is often when you will see your domain suddenly appear with ads. Then when you try to register it again, the new owner might try to sell it for you for a high price. The ALC intends to evaluate all of these issues.


Bulgarian residents look forward to Cyrillic domain names Mon, 25 May 2009 15:32:49 +0000 Cyrillic book seen through eye glass
In anticipation that ICANN will soon allow domain names in languages other than English and characters outside of the Latin alphabet, Bulgaria has submitted an application to allow the registration of domains using the Cyrillic alphabet. Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin stated that this move was highly anticipating by Bulgarian residents, and that the country managed to submit the application before Russia had the chance to do it themselves.

“Bulgaria will be visited by the world’s top experts in this field on May 26. The Russians are also working very hard as well,” the minister pointed out.

The occasion of the announcement fell on May 24th, known as Bulgarian Education, Culture and Slav Letters day, which remembers Sts Cyril and Methodius, who were responsible for creating the Cyrillic alphabet.

Source: Sofia News Agency
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Blackberry maker RIM wins domain dispute against Indian firm Thu, 14 May 2009 14:33:42 +0000 Blackberry Bold
MumbaiDomains, a Mumbai-basd firm had previously registered three disputed domain names:,, and Research In Motion, the company responsible for Blackberry smart phones, sued arguing that the domains are too close phonetically and in appearance to their trademark.

“Save for the addition/deletion of a single letter, the disputed domain names are visually and phonetically identical to the famous blackberry trademark, which also supports a finding of confusion,” RIM had contended before the WIPO.

The World Intellectual Property Right Organization, based in Geneva, ordered all three of the domains to be transfered to RIM.

Source: The Economic Times

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