I got this email from a reader yesterday complaining about 4 reserved domain names in .casa, .horse, or .cooking during the Minds + Machines Priority Reservation Phase. The reader says that the 4 domains he pre-ordered and paid fully were guaranteed last
“For technical reasons ICANN, which regulates the domain name space, disallowed the Priority Reservation program after you made your reservation.”
“We agreed with them to put your name(s) into our Landrush phase instead. There is no additional charge and you do not need to do anything. But there’s a chance that someone might apply for the same name as you and, if that happens, there will be some additional steps.”
This means that he funds have been withheld from Minds + Machines for all these months and will continue to be reserved until .casa, .horse, or .cooking go out of the Landrush phase in a few months. And of course there is a chance he will not get the “guaranteed” domain names. Continue reading
During the ICANN 50 meeting in London, the .CLUB team was visited by a crew from Germany’s leading International broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) who was there to cover the way web addresses are changing and diversifying. Continue reading
ModelCentro, a hosted pay site CMS for creating and running fan membership sites, has teamed up with ICM Registry, the .xxx registry, to offer Models.xxx. Verified models using the ModelCentro platform are able to register one .XXX domain free of charge. Another benefit for participating models will be promotion on the Models.xxx directory, which has been created to drive quality affiliate traffic to the model sites on the ModelCentro affiliate program. More information about the global affiliate program can be found on ModelCentro.xxx/affiliates.
“We’re excited to bring top-level names to web performers on the ModelCentro platform,” said Stan D’Aman, ModelCentro CEO. “Our collaboration with ICM provides a great opportunity for our models to create a brand name for themselves.” Continue reading
Go Daddy run a .Ninja, .Reviews and .Futbol New gTLD premium auction 3 weeks ago that sold 9 domains. The domains were sold by their registry which is Rightside.
A reader complained the other day that the domain e.ninja that he won for $1,580 has not yet been given to him. He paid the winning immediately to Go Daddy and now it is 3 weeks and he has not received it.
Here are the reader’s comment: Continue reading
So far 12 registries have requested ICANN to allowed to sell 2-character New gTLD domains names: .DEALS, XN–FJQ720A, .CITY, .XYZ, .COLLEGE, .GOP, .TRADE, .WEBCAM, .BID, .HEALTHCARE, .WORLD, .BAND.
ICANN opened a comment period yesterday 8 July 2014: Continue reading
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
Google had a presentation on New gTLDs called “Who cares about new domain names? We do. If you want happy users, then you should too.” at the Google I/O in San Francisco.
This is how the New gTLD session was described by Google:
“The first new generic top-level domains are coming online, from .photography to .みんな. Who cares, you say? We do. We’ll tell you how the explosion of new domain names means cool things for the future of the web. But it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. New domain names also creating unique challenges for developers. In fact, they may be impacting your products already. Join us to find out what’s happening, get a glimpse at what’s coming, and learn how to prepare.”
Global registry services provider Afilias announced that July 22, 2014, is the sunrise start date for its newest generic top-level domain (gTLD): .BLACK. Following the close of sunrise, general availability is scheduled to commence on August 26, 2014.
The .red, .blue and .pink launches were not so successful so Afilias will probably needs to work harder on .black. People had trouble finding a registrar to get their .red, .blue and .pink domains: Looking to buy .red, .blue and .pink domain names? Here are the registrars…
Afilias said that “Black is always in style because it is associated with sophistication, elegance and understated authority. Consequently, an address in the .BLACK domain adds this element of style to every website. Like the classic style of a little black dress, a .BLACK domain instantly gives a site effortless chic. Continue reading