.HIV Launches With A $200+ Registration Fee And A Charity Model I Don’t Get

Druck.HIV New gTLD enters general availability today with a registration/renewal fee of about $200 or more and with a charity model I just don’t understand how it will work.

.HIV registration fees vary wildly depending on what registrar you are using. Prices start at $189 and go up to $350. You can find a list of registrars and the registration prices here. For example Name.com is selling .hiv domains at $197 per year.

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New gTLDs Reach 2 Million Domain Name Registrations But What Does That Mean?

This weekend New gTLDs reached 2 million domain name registrations as anyone can see at ntldstats.com. 2,012,434 domains to be exact was the first number above the 2 million mark. But should anybody care about this “landmark”?

It is almost 7 months since the first New gTLD string launched. New gTLDs reached 1 million registrations on the 6th of June 2014 after a little over 5 months.

But is the 2 million number correct and true and should anybody really care about raw numbers? Maybe yes, maybe not…

First of all there are a lot of problems with the numbers reported. Domain name registrations are counted using zone files. If you look at the top 10 New gTLDs only about half of the strings report domain name numbers that are completely true and paid registrations. Continue reading

European Domain Centre Sees The Future Of The New gTLDs With Rick Schwarz, Frank Schilling and 10 Other Experts

The European Domain Centre posted today an Expert Roundup about “What’s the future for the new gTLDs?”. New gTLDs reached 2 million registrations yesterday and Christopher Hofman asked 12 domain name experts such as Frank Schilling, “Domain King” Rick Schwarz, Adrian Kinderis and myself to speak about New gTLD today and in the future.

Here are some excerpts of the most interesting opinions:

Frank Schilling, Managing Director at Uniregistry.

First, many names will be 3 characters shorter. Rather than AcuraCars.com you will see names like Acura.Cars This will make names more intuitive and easy to remember. Second, the addition of new domain name extensions will more than double the number of alternative names available for registration, freeing up shorter more obvious names for marketers and registrants of the future. Third, (and most importantly) the innovation and investment spurred by the addition of thousands of new extensions will usher in a raft of new infrastructure providers, registries and registrars; who will deliver domain-names to consumers in easier more innovative and delightful ways. These new operators will make names easier to register, more intuitive to use and quicker to build on. This trifecta of change will see to it that the internet of the future looks wholly different from the one we grew up with through the 1990’s and 2000’s.

Rick Schwarz, CEO at T.R.A.F.F.I.C.. Continue reading

Donuts Doing Scheduled Maintenance Today On All New gTLDs

donutsDonuts, a New gTLD registry with more than 50 New gTLDs already released, is performing scheduled maintenance today. The time frame for the maintenance is as follows:

August 25, 2014, 21 :00 – 22:30 GMT | 17:00 – 18:30 EDT

Domain availability checks, registrations, renewals and updates will not be possible throughout the maintenance window. DNS and WHOIS services will continue to operate normally.

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New gTLD Weekly Review: .Hamburg, .HIV, .Black, .Credit, .Gratis, .CreditCard, .Claims

This week 7 New gTLDs enter General Availability and another 4 New gTLDs enter the EAP General Availability and 7 New gTLDs enter a landrush phase.

.HIV also enters general availability on the 26th of August.

Afilias launches another color New gTLD on the 26th of August with .Black.

.Hamburg enters general availability on the 27th of August.

Donuts enters EAP General Availability for the following 4 New gTLDs on Wednesday, August 27th 2014: .Gratis (free in Spanish), .Claims, .Credit and .CreditCard.

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Sedo sells 502 domains for $1.1 million: dtp.com $35k, stpl.com $18k, experse.com $15k

In the past week (August 11 to August 17), 502 (527 last week) transactions took place on Sedo’s marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1.1 million ($1.6m last week). Only 149 (158 last week) domains from the 502 were reported by Sedo. The other domains were either private sales or domains that sold for less than 700 USD/EUR/GBP. Over 52% (52% last week) of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. Sedo will not reveal what is the Buy Now percentage of the public sales vs the percentage of the private sales. And will not reveal what percentage of the total sales value do the Buy Now listings represent.

The average domain name sales price was $2,191 ($3,036 last week).

Here are the 149 public and reported Sedo sales for the week August 11 to August 16 2014:

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ICANN Asking For Comments On 2-Character Domain Names for .SOHU, .IMMO, .SAARLAND, .CLUB

ICANN has opened a comment period to obtain community input on the proposed amendments to the Registry Agreements of several registry operators: .SOHU, .IMMO, .SAARLAND, .CLUB.

The proposals requess the release of all two-character ASCII labels that do not appear on the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 list and for which there is no corresponding government or country-code operator.

The proposed Amendments are to implement a new registry service, submitted through the Registry Services Evaluation Process (RSEP), that would permit the introduction of two-character domain names for registration in the new gTLD namespace. Continue reading

New gTLD 1st Day Registrations: .Bio 2679, .Haus 1164, .Cash 1036, .Tax 1014, .Investments 877

Here are the domain name registration results of this week’s 7 New gTLD launches:

On Monday the 18th of August .Career entered General Availability and got 2,838 domain name registrations in the zone files after it’s first day. But most of these domains (more than 85%) are the premium domains registered by the .Career registry.

Rightside launched .haus new gTLD on Wednesday 20th of August and got 1,164 domains after the first day.

On Wednesday, 20th of August, 4 Donuts New gTLDs went out of the EAP pricing and into the real (reg fee) general availability: .Tax, .Cash, .Fund, .Investments.

The first day, or rather first hours, registration numbers were below Continue reading

Gay.Vegas Launches As Part Of the Founders Program

turnedon-fbSome of the early adopters of the .Vegas domain are beginning to come online now that .Vegas is out of the sunrise trademark phase of the roll out. One of the newest sites to launch is www.gay.vegas. Currently operating as a business directory for businesses working in or with association with the LGBTQ+ community, gay.vegas promises to be a one stop shop for all things gay in Las Vegas.

Gay.Vegas is 1 of the 100 domains that registries are allowed to give out as part of the ICANN founders New gTLD program.

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South Florida Business Journal Features .Club

The South Florida Business Journal posted an article yesterday with the title “Fort Lauderdale-based domain .club is one of top-selling web newcomers”.

The Fort Lauderdale-based domain .club is leading a pack of newly established alternatives to the familiar .com, .net and .org.

Users have registered more than 96,000 .club websites, outranking all but two of 361 new “top-level” domains launched this year to create more URL choices, according to domain-tracking website nTLDStats.

“A lot of entrepreneurs can’t get brandable .coms, but they can get a brandable new domain name extension like .club,” .club CEO Colin Campbell said.

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