PIR Launches Happy30th.org For The .Org 30th Anniversary

orgTo mark the 30th anniversary of the first .ORG domain registration on July 10, 1985, Public Interest Registry (PIR) wants to celebrate the history and share the stories of just some of the millions of great organizations that have channeled their passion online.

Because it’s a nonprofit, Continue reading

30 Facts About .Org Domain Names

orgThe .org extension is celebrating it's 30th anniversary this week. Here is a list of 30 fun facts about .org that you probably don't know.

  1. Mitre Corporation, a research and development center sponsored by the United States federal government, was the first .ORG domain name to be registered in July 1985. Continue reading

November: 827 Domain Name Renewals And 119 Drops (12.6%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. I am a bit late on this report because of the holidays and NamesCon.

So, in November I renewed 827 domains and dropped 119 of them. So I dropped about 12.6% of the total 946 domain names that I had expiring.

In October I had 476 domains in total to renew so you can see that my renewals fluctuate a lot from month to month.

These are the domains I renewed in November for a total of 946: Continue reading

October: My 476 Domain Name Renewals And 49 Drops (9.3%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. I am a bit late on this report. So, in October I renewed 476 domains and dropped 49 of them. So I dropped about 9.3% of the total 525 domain names that I had expiring.

In September I had 757 domains in total to renew so you can see that my renewals fluctuate month to month.

These are the domains I renewed in October for a total of 476:

.com 236
.net 3
.org 38
.info 184
.biz 5
.us 10

Here are the domains I dropped in October by extension for a total of 49: Continue reading

September: My 639 Domain Name Renewals And 118 Drops (15.6%)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. In September I renewed 639 domains and dropped 118 of them. So I dropped about 15.6% of the total 757 domain names that I had expiring.

These are the domains I renewed in September for a total of 639:

.com 222
.net 4
.org 52
.info 328
.biz 8
.us 25

Here are the domains I dropped in September by extension for a total of 118: Continue reading

August: My Domain Name Renewals (571) And Drops (67)

gtldsLike every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed 571 domains and dropped 67 of them. So I dropped about 10.5% of the total 638 domain names that I had expiring in August.

These are the domains I renewed in August for a total of 571:

.com 293
.net 5
.org 67
.info 154
.biz 11
.us 41

Here are the domains I dropped in August by extension for a total of 67: Continue reading

.ORG Bi-Annual Report: 1.4% Increase Up To 10,428,027 Domain Names

orgPublic Interest Registry, the .org registry, released today the bi-annual report on the growth of .org domains.

The report reveals that in the past twelve months the total number of .org domains under management increased to 10,428,027 globally, a 1.4 percent increase in registrations since 2013.

Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and France saw steady growth and continued to lead as the top five markets for .org registrants outside of the United States.

.org continues to experience a strong renewal rate of 73.9 percent; more than 55 percent of registrants renewed after one year, Continue reading

Why I Renewed 1,000 Domain Names In July And Dropped 130

Like every month I go through my domains to see what to renew and what not to. This month I renewed almost 1,000 domains and dropped 130 of them. So I dropped about 11.5% of the total 1,126 domains that I had expiring in July.

In June I dropped 193 out of 807 domains or 23.9%. Click here to see what domains I dropped and why.

These are the domains I renewed in June for a total of 996:

.com 289
.net 8
.org 65
.info 171
.biz 5
.us 458

Here are the domains I dropped in July by extension for a total of 130: Continue reading

.ORG 2013 Report by PIR: 206,542 new domains, 2.6% growth, 40% of registrations are from overseas

Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, "The Dashboard," detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013. The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.

Other findings outlined in "The Dashboard" include the following:

  • The number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013.
  • When it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more.
  • The organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes.
  • Charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8 percent, respectively.

"The Dashboard" also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40 percent of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6 percent of the total .ORG market share. In fact, India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50 percent between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains. The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

"Historically, .ORG has been the trusted home for nonprofits all over the world. While that credibility still resonates today, it's clear that the composition of users who carry out their passions, their ideas, and their missions on the .ORG domain is broadening," said Brian Cute, CEO of Public Interest Registry, "Now more than ever, we're seeing that .ORG is where action begins – for art and cultural institutions, clubs, sports teams, environmental and educational groups, as well as scientific, philosophic, and religious organisations. It is also the ideal domain to exercise social good or social entrepreneurship because .ORG is for businesses that think differently. As we charge ahead into 2014, we're optimistic that we will reach new heights in Public Interest Registry's pursuit to maintain .ORG as the trusted domain for individuals, businesses, and organisations worldwide, while also serving as a foundation for and complement to our soon-to-be-launched .NGO|.ONG domain offerings for global non-governmental organisations."

Within "The Dashboard," Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into "organisation," "org" or "structured organisation" in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry's applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.

For more information on "The Dashboard" or to download a copy, please visit http://pir.org/news.

About Public Interest Registry
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .ORG top-level domain -- the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10.3 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society ( http://www.internetsociety.org ) in 2002 and is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.

.org whois server changes from PIR

I am using Watch My Domains ISP to manage my domain names. This is a great tool for all domainers and I highly recommend it. I was using it checking whois for about 500 of my domains yesterday when I realized that wasn't getting whois details for my .org domain names. I was getting an ERROR message.

I then remembered that the Public Registry Interest (PIR), the .org registry, run scheduled maintenance on Saturday. All PIR whois servers were down.

I have been using whois.publicinterestregistry.net as my .org whois server for many years and never had a problem with it other that the whois limit that PIR introduced back in 2005.

I tested all the .org whois servers I know and this is what I found:

whois.publicinterestregistry.net (not working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.org (not working giving out this message: Whois Lookup Error: Whois server is currently not reachable.)
whois.publicinterestregistry.com (working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.biz (working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.info (working)
whois.pir.org (working)

So it seems that the whois.publicinterestregistry.net and whois.publicinterestregistry.org redirections to the main whois server were deactivated on Saturday. This seems a bit strange to me as the .com, .biz and .info versions are still working.

I decided to go with whois.pir.org as my preferred whois server with Watch My Domains. It seems to be working perfectly so far.

BTW Afilias Limited is PIR's chosen back-end service for the .org gTLD. That is the reason that all the "publicinterestregistry" domains are owned by Afilias.