.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

30.5% of TLDs are business websites – 27.8% a holding page – 0.9% pornography

EURid, the .eu registry, made a report called “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014″.

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of 30.5% of websites under gTLDs like .com, .biz and .net, according to a new website categorisation report published today by the registry for the .eu top-level domain EURid.

“Our findings underscore the fact that businesses across the European Union continue to embrace .eu,” said EURid’s general manager, Marc Van Wesemael. “With its unique cross-border dimension, .eu is ideally suited for trading in many EU countries.”

The report, prepared in collaboration with the Leuven Statistics Research Centre, aims to understand how websites are used and also reveals that there has been a significant drop in the percentage of pay-per-click (PPC) websites on the web, from 20.6% in 2011 to 11.8% in 2013. That PPC sites have become less popular would indicate that revenue generated from this type of website is falling.

The findings are based on the results of the analysis of domain names taken from the zone files of the .com, .net. .org, .biz, .info, .pro and .mobi gTLDs and the .eu ccTLD. A random sample of domain names was selected from each zone file which was then assessed by a multilingual team of researchers. In total, around 5 000 domain names were assessed for each TLD. The website associated with a particular domain name was then categorised into one of eight categories: business, community, pay-per-click, holding page, institutional, password protected, error and pornography.

Further findings

  • Business is the most common use for websites across all top-level domains, with 30.5% of all websites being used for business purposes on average.
  • After business, the next most common use for websites is as a holding page (27.8%)
  • Older, generic TLDs still have distinctive usage profiles, for example .org maintains a high proportion of community websites
  • Pornography only accounts for 0.9% of websites, contradicting the commonly held perception that it is pervasive on the Internet.

The full report, “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014”, is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/insights. It forms part of the .eu Insights report series, which is based on surveys, studies and research conducted by EURid, in cooperation with industry experts and sector leaders.

.eu available in Croatia as of 1 July

On 1 July 2013, Croatia will join the European Union. As of that day, Croatian residents, organisations and companies will be able to register .eu domain names.

Here you can find an updated version of the .eu Registration Policy that will go into effect on 1 July.

Iceland, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are all official candidates of membership of  the European Union. Albania applied for membership on April 2009 but has not yet been recognised as an official candidate. Bosnia and Herzegovina has concluded an association agreement and is preparing an application for EU membership. Both are classified as potential candidates for membership by the EU.

.eu 2012 annual report: 3.7 million registered domain names and 5.4% annual growth

General Manager of the .eu registry EURid, Marc Van Wesemael, shares his views on changes in the domain market in the .eu 2012 annual report.

“2012 was a very productive year for Europe’s top-level domain, despite the challenges faced by the industry,” said Mr Van Wesemael. “The domain market grew more slowly in 2012 than in previous years, probably as a result of the financial crisis that is raging worldwide.”

EURid’s annual report outlines key achievements from 2012, showcases inspirational .eu websites and presents the .eu General Manager’s comments on the road ahead.

2012 in summary

.eu completed 2012 with 3.7 million registered domain names and 5.4% annual growth..Eu has a 81% registration renewals rate. Germany is by far the country with the most .eu domain name registrations with more than 1 million domains.

Other highlights noted in the annual report include:

The full report is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/reports.

.eu gains four new members: CECUA, ECTA, EMOTA and IAB Europe

To better serve the .eu market and improve its market knowledge, EURid, the .eu registry, has gained four additional members.

The new members – all associations with a strong Internet-oriented vision which are active on a European level – include:

  • The Confederation of Computer User Associations (CECUA)
  • The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • The European Multi-Channel Online Trade Association (EMOTA)
  • The Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe)

“We are pleased to welcome the representatives of these organisations as we believe we can benefit significantly from the extensive experience they have in their fields,” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “We look forward to further shifting our focus towards an all-inclusive view of the Internet, while at the same time staying rooted in the strong foundation of technical knowledge that we have built up through our cooperation with the founding members over the years.”

EURid was founded in 2003 by the three organisations running national domain registries for .be (Belgium), .it (Italy) and .se (Sweden). Later, the registries for .cz (the Czech Republic) and .si (Slovenia) became members, as did the European Chapters of the Internet Society (ISOC-ECC) and Business Europe. The Swedish registry ended its membership in April 2013.

“There is great potential at EURid to bring the technical and user sides of the internet closer together. In this, we welcome the fact that EURid is taking the necessary steps to expand its forum and bring in stakeholders from many different organisations and geographical locations.”
Jon Thorallsson, CECUA President

“In the internet marketplace, .eu managed by EURid, is perceived as a recognisable brand, with strong security and user loyalty. As such, EURid presents a qualified and unified forum to work towards harmonisation of online IP and trademark regulation.”
Massimo Cimoli, ECTA Vice Chair

“Europe is taking the lead in online commerce, but trust is still an issue for 57% of users. In our cooperation with EURid we see a lot of potential to work towards a safer marketplace online.”
Susanne Czech, EMOTA Secretary General

“This is a wake-up call to recognise the active role .eu can play in organising online Europe to welcome and at the same time foster global entrepreneurship. The next Zuckerberg will be European. For that to happen we need to be in contact with a broad range of stakeholders and, from this, take the lead. The history of the internet is not over yet.”
Alain Heureux, IAB Europe President

.eu 7th anniversary report: 3.74 million registrations from over 1.84 million EU residents

Celebrating the .eu 7th anniversary a study reveals how EU residents perceive Europe’s internet extension. With registrations topping 3.74 million just ahead of its seventh birthday, .eu has established its place as a respected domain for ambitious businesses, according to recent research commissioned by the .eu registry EURid.

“Our study shows that after seven years of operation we have a solid reputation as a quality top-level domain, suitable for large companies, but also for innovative and creative startups,” said EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.

Today, over 1.84 million EU residents have registered at least one .eu domain name, with 25% of those having registered more than one. The research also shows that the majority of .eu users are in business, ambitious, tech-savvy and aiming for expansion, which is where the .eu TLD is important in projecting a continent-wide image.

The top 5 European Countries in number of .eu registrations are Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom and Poland.

eu-domain-name-info-7th-birthday-2013Perception of .eu is reinforced by its performance on the IDNX index, which reflects the value attributed by the market to domain names and their related extensions. Since the index’s launch in 2006, .eu has consistently ranked among the big players on the domain name market. The IDNX index, created by internet entrepreneur and scientist Thies Lindenthal, is published on Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg. The index shows the evolution of the relative value of a domain name in different extensions compared with a normalised value of 100 in 2006.

“Our performance on the IDNX index and our consistently high renewal rates of above 80% lead us to believe that since launching seven years ago we have come to be considered a valuable asset to the domain name industry and the European public,” commented Marc Van Wesemael. “We are looking forward to the next years, continuing to consolidate our operations, simplify processes for .eu accredited registrars and add value to our domain name product for .eu users.”

EURid’s research sampled more than 1000 participants from throughout the European Union. More information on the IDNX index can be found at idnx.com.

.eu connects with international hosting industry at WorldHostingDays Global 2013

EURid, the .eu registry, will attend WorldHostingDays (WHD.global) from 19 – 21 March in Rust, Germany, to raise awareness of .eu and liaise with .eu registrars and other industry professionals.

WorldHostingDays (WHD.global) is the most important annual gathering of the international hosting industry. This year organisers expect more than 4 000 visitors from all over the world.

External Relations Manager Giovanni Seppia will give a presentation on 20 March during the TLD panel discussion organised by DENIC, the registry for .de. On 21 March, Technical manager, Peter Janssen, will speak about the latest developments in .eu’s YADIFA name server implementation. During the entire event, visitors will be able to learn more about the .eu top-level domain at the .eu booth (stand E04). On Wednesday, 20 March, iPad magician Andreas Axmann will be at the booth to entertain visitors.

With a total of 1 135 441 registered .eu domain names, Germany leads the top 10 countries with most .eu domain name registrations. .eu registrations in Germany grew by 7.3% between Q3 2011 and Q3 2012.

Event Details

Location: Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
Date: 19-21 March 2013
.eu exhibition stand: E04
iPad magician Andreas Axmann will perform on 20 March, at 11:00-12:30 and 14:30-16:00.


TLD panel discussion
Date: 20 March
Speaker: .eu External Relations Manager Giovanni Seppia
Room: Vasco Da Gama
Other speakers include representatives from nic.at, afnic, SIDN, Nominet and Denic

.eu Yadifa name server implementation
Date: 21 March
Speaker: .eu Technical Manager Peter Janssen
Room: Sanssouci

Giovanni Seppia will be available for interviews on 20 March. Peter Janssen will be available for interviews on 21 March after his presentation, until 16:00 CET. For more information, please contact press@eurid.eu.

.eu Q4 2012 progress report: 3.7 million registrations, 80% renewal rate, 5.4% growth

EURid, the .eu registry, just published the Q4 2012 progress report.

On average, 80% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2012, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the sixth year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

The top-level domain finished the quarter, and the year, with 3.7 million registrations – an annual growth of 5.4%.

“I consider a growth rate that is comparable to 2011 (5.5%) to be a notable achievement, particularly in light of the on-going global economic crisis,” commented EURid General Manager, Marc Van Wesemael.

During Q4 2012, there were 230 752 new .eu registrations. Of these, 7 184, or 3%, were multiyear registrations (registrations for two years or more). Compared with Q3 2012, the number of multiyear registrations increased by 46%, signifying that a growing number domain name holders plan to hold onto their .eu domains for the foreseeable future.

The total number of .eu registrations increased in 22 of the 27 EU Member States. Bulgaria, Belgium, Slovenia, Lithuania and Finland all saw growth of more than 5%.

Also in the report

EURid-UNESCO Insights report
In collaboration with UNESCO, EURid published a new Insights report titled, “The EURid-UNESCO world report on Internationalised Domain Names deployment 2012“. The report, which analyses the growth of multilingualism on the Internet and the factors that contribute towards that growth, including the use of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), can be downloaded at link.eurid.eu/insights.

Extended fee reduction for ADR procedures
On 18 December EURid announced that the fee for a basic .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure would continue to be cut by 50% until the end of 2013. The average number of ADR cases filed per month had risen 80% by the end of Q4 2012, following the introduction of the reduced fee in the beginning of Q3. This increase seems to indicate that there was some sort of financial barrier that prevented certain parties from claiming their rights through .eu ADR proceedings.

Updated transfer procedure
A revised transfer procedure was launched on 21 November 2012 to simplify domain name transfers for .eu registrars. The revised procedure is the result of an extensive internal and external enquiry and analysis of the most effective industry practices. It is similar to the procedures used by other registries, in that it adds a year to the current registration period.

The full report for Q4 2012 is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/reports.

EURid publishes .eu identity magazine for Spring 2013

EURid just published “.eu identity” magazine for Spring 2013. The latest issue has some interesting articles such as the one where Digital strategist, William Deckers, reveals five unique advantages that Internet businesses have over their brick-and-mortar counterparts. And content expert, Anna Borsboom, gives us insights into Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and how you can use it to increase your website’s visibility.

The magazine also takes a look behind the scenes of TEDxBrussels to see what goes into organising this annual ideas-exchange event, which brings together thought-leaders from a variety of industries to share, inspire, innovate and effect change. It also features an article on how to get your business online.

EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, manages the .eu top-level Internet domain under contract to the European Commission. EURid publishes the .eu identity magazine twice a year. The magazine contains articles on general interest and Internet-specific subjects. Click here to download the latest issue in .pdf format. You can find previous issues of the .eu Identity magazine in the magazine archive.