CENTR Reaches 70M Domain Registrations: .de (15.8 million), .uk (10.5 million), .nl (5.5 million)

centrIn early February 2015, CENTR’s ccTLD full members aggregate registrations crossed the 70 million mark.

This number includes 57 ccTLDs and IDN ccTLDs in 49 countries. CENTR’s full members have benefited from a 45% growth in registrations over the past five years, or 21.8 million new domain names.

The largest CENTR members in February 2015 include Continue reading

.DK Domain Names Introduce Validation

gtldsAs from 1 March 2015, DK Hostmaster requires that all Danish registrants can be validated. This means, that your name and address must match the information about you in the CPR or CVR register to get the right of use of a .dk domain name.

Requirement for both existing and new users
DK Hostmaster has already reviewed several thousand .dk registrants from the whois database. Their names and addresses have been Continue reading

1 & 2 Character .FR Domain Names Opening To The General Public Today

afnicOn February 16, 2015, Afnic is extending the registration of domain names under the .fr TLD consisting of only one or two character(s) to the general public.

Since December 9, 2014, Afnic has allowed the registration of domain names under the .fr TLD consisting of only one or two character(s).

The first phase in opening these new short domain names, called the "Sunrise" phase, opened on Continue reading

2-Factor Authentication Now Available To All .UK Domain Registrants

nominetNominet has been investing significantly to help all .uk owners protect their domains. Following a successful launch to registrars last October, from today, registrants can opt to use two-factor authentication access to Nominet's Online Services.

This is a two-step verification process which provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems. Continue reading

Typosquatting In .UK Domain Names Is Booming

ukTyposquatting in .UK domain names is going crazy and few companies have noticed. Most of the top 120 UK websites have had their domain names registered in .uk by typosquatters. Companies such as Google, Amazon or the National Rail have fallen victims of typosquatting.

On 10 June 2014, .uk domain names were made available for the first time.

The vast majority of existing registrants in the .uk ccTLD had the Continue reading

.FR In 2014: 2,853,406 Domain Names With A 5.06% Growth

afnicThe January 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names reviews the developments and trends in the French domain name market in 2014 after the opening of the new gTLDs.

The .fr TLD represented 2,853,406 domain names as at 31 December 2014, an increase of 5.06% in 2014. This performance continued to be higher than that of the Continue reading

Report: There Are Now 286.7 Million Registered Domain Names (1.5% Growth)

gtldsAs of November 2014 total registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs) stood at 286.7 million.

This represents a growth of roughly 1.5% (4.1 million registrations) for the 3 months since August 2014.

As new gTLDs are being delegated and opening for general availability, their combined registrations have grown in absolute terms by around Continue reading

.CH Registry Stops Direct Sale Of .CH Domain Names

gtldsThe SWITCH Foundation stopped selling .ch domain names on 1st January 2015 and is successively handing over client support to its business partners, the registrars. SWITCH will be asking its clients to gradually transfer their .ch domain names. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID). SWITCH will in future focus on Continue reading

Russell Haworth Joins Nominet (the .UK Registry) Today As CEO

nominetBack in October, Nominet, the .uk registry, named its new Chief Executive Officer that is Russell Haworth. Russell joined Nominet today as its CEO..

Nominet said in the announcement that "Russell will lead the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and delivers on its commitment to ensuring the internet is a force for good."

He will lead the organization as it Continue reading

.EU Q3 2014 Report: Domain Name Registrations Grow By 4.7%

euThe total number of .eu registrations grew by 4.7% in Q3 2014 compared with the same quarter last year, according to the progress report released by the .eu registry EURid.

“As the new gTLDs continue jostle for position in the changing TLD landscape, Continue reading