.Com & .Net Domains Ended 2015 At 139.8 Million Registrations (6.3% Increase & 71.9% Renewal Rate)

verisignVeriSign reported domain name business and financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2015.

Business Highlights:

  • Verisign Registry Services added 4.6 million net new names during the fourth quarter, ending with 139.8 million .com and .net domain names in the domain name base, which represents a 6.3 percent increase over the base at the end of the fourth quarter in 2014, as calculated including domain names on hold for both periods.
  • In the fourth quarter, Verisign processed 12.2 million new domain name registrations for .com and .net, as compared to Continue reading

GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE Is The 1st New Domain In A Super Bowl Ad (GodsOfEgyptMovie.com Is Parked)

donutsDuring yesterday's Super Bowl coverage, a trailer for the upcoming film Gods of Egypt aired that directed viewers to the domain name GodsOfEgypt.MOVIE. This was a first time that a New TLD domain name was used in a Super Bowl advertisement. (see the trailer below)

gods-of-egypt

But what about the corresponding .com domains of the movie?

The domain name godsofegypt.com is for sale at BuyDomains.com and Continue reading

Rightside: Revenue Up 11%, Registrar Renewal Rate Is 75.4%

rightsideRightside Group, Ltd. (Nasdaq:NAME), today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

"In the third quarter, we, delivered record quarterly revenue and margins continue to increase year-over-year due to the impact of the new generic Top Level Domain program on both the Registry and Registrar businesses," said Chief Executive Officer Taryn Naidu.

"Name.com had another strong quarter with revenue up 23% year-over-year driven by strong new gTLD registrations. We are excited about the market opportunity and to see increased market adoption of our new gTLDs as they are Continue reading

Verisign Report: 296 Million Domain Names Registered Worldwide, 2 Million Added In Q2

verisignVeriSign, Inc. announced two million domain names were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2015, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 296 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30, 2015, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

The increase of two million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 0.8 percent over the first quarter of 2015. Worldwide registrations have grown by 16.4 million, or 5.9 percent, year over year.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth Continue reading

.Net Domain Name Price Goes Up 10% On February 1st, 2015 (Up 46% Since 2012)

gtlds.Net domain name wholesale price goes up again on February 1st, 2015. That means you have a few days to renew your .net domain names for 1 to 10 years so you can save a few $.

Verisign announced an increase in the annual fee for a .net domain name registration from $6.18 to $6.79, per its agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Continue reading

Russell Haworth Joins Nominet (the .UK Registry) Today As CEO

nominetBack in October, Nominet, the .uk registry, named its new Chief Executive Officer that is Russell Haworth. Russell joined Nominet today as its CEO..

Nominet said in the announcement that "Russell will lead the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies, and delivers on its commitment to ensuring the internet is a force for good."

He will lead the organization as it Continue reading

Kids.us Will Remain Suspended

usAn Education Advisory Committee recommended that Kids.us should remain suspended. The Kids.us Education Advisory Committee was convened in April 2014 to consider the ongoing suspension of the kids.us third-level namespace, as well as to contemplate future initiatives and principles through which Neustar, the .us registry, can advance positive and educational experiences for kids within the usTLD more broadly. Continue reading

The .Org Registry Will Launch “OnGood”, A New Brand Identity For .NGO & .ONG Domains

OnGood-PIRPublic Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain, unveiled “OnGood” – the new brand identity for the upcoming .ngo & .ong domains and their accompanying suite of services. Set to launch in early 2015, OnGood is an online community designed with and for NGOs and nonprofits worldwide, providing them with a suite of online Continue reading

Minds+Machines & Hexonet Mistakenly Priced Premium Domains Cheap – Renewals Will Be As High As $5,400

MindsAndMachinesMinds + Machines and the registrar Hexonet mistakenly priced a lot of premium domains and those domains were sold at cheap standard prices.

The problem affects domains registered in the past 2 months such as live.rodeo and aqua.surf. So next year the registrant of live.rodeo will have to pay $2,800 for the domain name renewal and not the $25 that he paid to register the domain.

A domainer that registered 50 of those domains was quoted renewal prices of up to Continue reading

2 New Videos From The .COM & .NET Campaign by Verisign

gtldsVerisign, the registry operator for .com, .net and other domain names, is releasing a series of short, humorous videos this month promoting .com and .net domain names

You can see the first 2 videos, Cake in a Club and Fish on a Bus here.

Verisign released 2 new videos from the "Make Your Idea Official" campaign Continue reading