Kids.us Will Remain Suspended

usAn Education Advisory Committee recommended that Kids.us should remain suspended. The Kids.us Education Advisory Committee was convened in April 2014 to consider the ongoing suspension of the kids.us third-level namespace, as well as to contemplate future initiatives and principles through which Neustar, the .us registry, can advance positive and educational experiences for kids within the usTLD more broadly. Continue reading

.PL Reaches 2.5 Million Domains & 1 Million Registrants

gtldsNearly one million Registrants and over 2.5 million active names – this is the result the .pl ccTLD domain registry attained in the third quarter of 2014.

As it results from the report of the NASK scientific institute, which runs the registry, by the end of the first half of the year the volume of the Polish registry increased by more than 26 thousand new names, therefore its growth dynamics amounted to 2.48 percent on a year to year basis. Continue reading

1 Million .CH Domains To Be Transfered From The .CH Registry To Registrars

gtldsThe SWITCH foundation will stop selling .ch domain names as of the beginning of January 2015 and successively hand over the related client support to its business partners, the registrars. The basis for this change is the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (ODI), which was passed by the Federal Council on November 5th. SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss Internet remains secure and stable.

SWITCH and the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) have Continue reading

.ee Domain Price To Drop From 12 To 9 Euros

gtldsOn 1 January 2015, the Estonian Internet Foundation will bring the price of an .ee domain down from 12 to 9 euros.

An .ee domain can be registered for one, two or three years. The domain name registration fee in 2015 will be 9, 17 or 24 euros depending on Continue reading

.AU Report: 2.9 Million Domains, 6% Growth, 43% Of Domains Are Under 2 Years Old

gtldsA new report on .au, the Australian ccTLD, reveals that almost 50 percent of all .au domain names are between nine and 15 characters in length, while New South Wales claims the honour of the state with the largest number of .au registrations, according to a new report published by AusRegistry today.

The report – titled Continue reading

GOV.UK Gets 8 Million Unique Visitors Per Week And Reaches 1 Billion Visits In Total

ukThe United Kingdom government’s GOV.UK website gets just over eight million visits every week on average the Cabinet Office announced.

Launched 2 years ago, GOV.UK brings together government services and information online. As the first ever single domain for government, it replaced DirectGov, Business Link and over 250 separate department and agency websites.

On the second anniversary of its launch, the website has reached the impressive milestone of 1 billion visits. GOV.UK ranks Continue reading

.SE Auctions 349 Blocked Domains (no.se, tv.se, pr.se, it.se, usa.se)

gtldsSweden’s Internet Infrastructure Foundation (.SE)​​ will conduct multiple auctions to release more of the .se domain names that are not currently possible to register. The domain names are two-character country codes, such as no.se, tv.se, pr.se, cd.se, hr.se and it.se as well as the names of other countries, for example, usa.se, thailand.se and spanien.se.

.SE plans to sell 349 different domain names on on eBay’s Swedish Continue reading

Afnic 2013 Report: 13.7 Million Euros Turnover, 2.7 Million Domains, 8.2% Growth For .FR

gtldsThe Afnic annual report sheds new light on major events that have marked the development of the Association in 2013:

The consolidation of the French legal framework for domain names, the growth of the .fr TLD, and a major advancement for Afnic, which became a multi-registry operator in 2013, thus diversifying its business at the service of the French Internet community.

Highlights of this latest report include:

.Fr Allows Registration Of 1 And 2 Character(s) Domain Names

gtldsAs of December 8, 2014, it will be possible to register a domain name consisting of only one or two alphanumeric character(s) under the .fr. .Fr is the ccTLD of France.

The opening will take place according to a specific timetable, in several phases: Continue reading

.PT Allows Registration Of 2-Character Domains And Holds Sedo Auction With 51 Domains

gtldsAs of November 3, it will be possible to register two-character domains at .pt. Terms & Conditions are already available for consultation at dns.pt.

.PT is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Portugal.

Sedo will host an auction featuring 51 of the best 2-character .pt domains In November. Check out the list below.

Whereas there are no technical, administrative or legal grounds for maintaining the provisions which imposed a limit of a minimum of three characters for registering domain names under.pt, that provision was reviewed in order for domain names registered under .pt to be accepted with a minimum of two characters. Continue reading