The .eu Web Awards Finalists: Museums.eu, StartupItalia.eu

eu-awardsEurid, the .eu registry, announced the 15 website finalists for the .eu Web Awards. The .eu Web Awards is an online competition launched with the objective to distinguish and award .eu websites that are leaders in five particular categories.

The three (3) nominees in the 5 different categories that received the most nominations during the nomination period (from 23 June 2014 until 5 September 2014) are: Continue reading

.EU Finished Q2 With A 4.2% Growth Rate & 12% More Registrations Than Q2 2013

eu-awardsThe .eu top-level domain finished Q2 with a growth rate of 4.2% year over year, according to the latest quarterly report released by the .eu registry EURid.

During Q2 2014, the number of .eu registrations
increased by 32 791 domain names, a net increase of 0.9%, to 3.83 million.

“Naturally we are pleased with the Q2 results, particularly as we find ourselves in a downward market, where new gTLDs are launched almost daily,” commented .eu General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“With Croatia, Romania and Finland showing growth of more than Continue reading

Nominate your favourite .eu website for the .eu Web Awards

Give your favourite .eu website the chance to win an online media package worth 5 000 EUR in the .eu Web Awards, hosted by the .eu registry EURid.

The .eu Awards is an online competition launched with the objective to distinguish and award .eu websites that are leaders in five particular categories.

The categories are:

  • The LEADERS (Established business with more than 10 employees)
  • The RISING STARS (Start-up/Entrepreneur with 1 to 10 employees)
  • The LAURELS (Education/Institutional/Pan European ongoing project)
  • The HOUSE of .eu (News/Media/Entertainment/Blog – company or private)
  • The BETTER WORLD (Environmental/green projects)

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New expiry date for .eu domain names as of 15 September 2014

On 15 September 2014, EURid will launch its new registration platform. Thereafter, newly registered .eu domain names will no longer expire at the end of the month but rather at the end of their registration term, calculated in years starting on the registration date and ranging from one (1) to ten (10) years. Domain names registered on 29 February will always expire on 28 February.

This change has been incorporated into new versions of the .eu Terms and Conditions and .eu Registrar Agreement, which will go into effect on 15 September, when the new registration platform is launched. New versions of these documents in all languages are available below.

For existing domain names – those registered before 15 September 2014 – registrars have been given the option to apply the new expiry date approach or to keep the existing system whereby domain names expire at the end of the month.

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.EU Registrations Grow By 2.2% In Q1 2014

The total number of .eu registrations grew by 2.2% in Q1 2014, according to the progress report released today by the .eu registry EURid.

“This relatively high growth rate is thanks, in part, to our high renewal rate of above 80% and the higher than expected level of new registrations,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

“The latter is especially comforting as it shows that the popularity of.eu is further growing in a crowded market place, even as the many new gTLDs jostle for position.”

Indeed, .eu registrations increased in 27 of the 28 EU member states. Croatia and Portugal both saw growth of more than 10%. Continue reading

Infographic: How did .eu do in 2013?

This infographic was published by EURid, the .eu registry, and offers a quick overview of some key performance indicators for the .eu top-level domain in the year 2013.
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EURid will be the registry of the .eu top-level domain for the next 5 years

EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu top-level domain for the next five years, with the European Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid. “The decision comes Continue reading

.eu 8th Anniversary (Infographic)

.Eu opened for registrations in April 2006. This year .eu celebrates it’s eighth anniversary and eight years of milestones with an infographic: Continue reading

.eu domain name renewal rate tops 80% in 2013

On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

“Internet users want to be able to express themselves online through TLDs that inspire feelings of trust, quality and security,” explains EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “.eu has always had the reputation of being a quality and trustworthy domain, and the renewal rate is proof that our registrants feel the same way.”

That end-users, particularly businesses, are keen to benefit from the quality and trustworthiness conveyed by the .eu brand is further underlined by the fact that the TLD has the highest percentage of business websites when compared with the largest gTLDs, according to the latest website categorisation report published by EURid in collaboration with the Statistics Research Centre of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of Continue reading

Infographic: Results Registrar Satisfaction Survey 2013

94% of .eu registrars feel they have a good relationship with EURid, according to the results of the 2013 Registrar Satisfaction Survey. This figure has increased 7% from last year. Registrar satisfaction is at 78% with .com domain names. 77% of the registrars offer 30 or more TLDs.

Please see the infographic below:
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