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

Free .GQ Domains Coming Soon! Will GQ Magazine Be Happy With This?

gtldsFreenom will soon relaunch the .GQ top level domain – the domain extension of Equatorial Guinea – and  give all .GQ domains away for free.

I think that the GQ magazine will not be too happy about this move that will have millions of free .GQ domains used by scammers and spammers all over the world.

.TK is another ccTLD offering free domains. According to a survey .tk domains were twice as likely as the global average to be used for “unwanted behaviors”, including scams such as phishing and spam. .tk domains logged 2533 of 11768 (~21.5%) total phishing attacks in the latter half of 2010 Internet-wide.

Especially at this time that hundreds of New gTLDs are launching this may seem to some people that are not in the domaining industry that GQ is launching Continue reading

CENTR Report: 282.5 Million Domains In The World With 1.6% Growth

gtldsAs of August 2014 the total number of domains across all Top Level Domains (TLDs)  stood at 282.5 million (including new gTLDs). This represents a growth of roughly 1.6% since May 2014 (4.5 million registrations).

ccTLDs grew at the highest rate for the past 3 months at 1.7% this compares with 0.3% for legacy gTLDs. The global market share of ccTLDs (as a percentage of all TLD registrations) has been increasing over the past few quarters it currently stands at 45.8% (see left). Continue reading