New launching dates for the .GAY

In our article of January 24, 2020, we announced the launch of the .GAY by the TOP LEVEL DESIGN registry. This extension is intended for individuals, organizations, businesses supporting the LGBTQ community. It will increase their visibility and create a safe online space. Originally scheduled for May 20, the date of general availability has been postponed to September 16, 2020. Currently in Sunrise II Phase, here are the new launching dates: Second Sunrise phase (period opened to any trademark... Read More

Modification of registration conditions in .DZ – Register the equivalent in .TM.DZ to keep control!

The Algerian registry has changed its registration conditions quite restrictively. These changes also affect already registered domain names: The applicant must now be “an entity established in Algeria, having legal representation in Algeria”. This means that holders or applicants holding only an Algerian brand and who cannot justify a local presence in Algeria will have to move towards the registration of a .TM.DZ domain name. Please note, registering a .TM.DZ domain name opens an ... Read More

.ORG News – ICANN rejects the sale of the .ORG Registry to Ethos Capital

The news came on 30 April through a press release from the ICANN Board announcing that it had taken the decision to reject the sale of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG registry, to the private equity firm Ethos Capital. For reminder, at the end of 2019, the announcement of the sale of the .ORG registry to Ethos Capital created a real debate and caused several concerns from NGOs, such as the increase of .ORG prices and the implementation of rights protection policies that could lead to a ... Read More

Choosing the right TLD based on DNS performance

Comparative analysis of the famous Top Level Domains (.com, .fr…) The crux of the war for high-visibility websites is the download time. As a natural referencing factor admitted by Google, this download time can be significantly impacted during DNS resolution. If it is necessary to rely on a first-class DNS infrastructure, the choice of the extension associated with a domain name is important. Indeed, not all registries perform equally well in terms of DNS, not to say that some have disapp... Read More

Abandoned domain names vs renewed domain names: any observations?

As a registrar, Nameshield has an accurate view of the typology of abandoned domain names and domain names kept by their holders when they clean up their portfolio. As in all sectors of activity, phenomena that could be said to be “trendy” can even be seen in cybersquatting and therefore in domain names that are abandoned or maintained. Let’s take the example of typosquatting, there was a time when it was essential to register domain names that included your trademark with as m... Read More

.ORG News – ICANN delays again the sale of the .ORG Registry

A few months ago, in previous articles, we mentioned the sale by Internet Society of Public Interest Registry (PIR), the .ORG registry, to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. The .ORG is the reference extension for non-profit organizations and the .ORG registry represents more than 10.5 million domains. For reminder, the announcement of the sale of the registry caused several concerns in the NGO community. In front of these many complaints, ICANN had already postponed the approval of the .ORG ... Read More

.ZA websites will have to propose a link towards the COVID-19 official website implemented by the government

Since last Thursday, the South African government has imposed to all websites using domain names in .ZA to propose a link that redirects towards the official Covid-19 information website implemented by the government:  www.sacoronavirus.co.za This new rule applies to all .ZA websites, regardless of their content. The two other extensions managed by ZADNA registry, JOBURG and .CAPETOWN are also affected by this rule. In the same logic, the registry also invites Internet services providers to bloc... Read More

The launch of 8 new extensions for India

.IN Registry launches new Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) in Indian Language. IDN registrations will begin on March 16th 2020 and listed as below: Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) .ಭಾರತ .ଭାରତ   .ভাৰত    .भारतम्   .भारोत  .بارت     .ڀارت        .ഭാരതം      Language Kannada Oriya Assamese Sanskrit Santali Kashmiri Sindhi Malayalam The launch sch... Read More

Grandfathering registrations of a .TW in Chinese characters are opened for .TW domain names’ holders

The .TW registry (TWNIC) offers grandfathering registrations for holders of existing ASCII.TW domains that wish to register the same ASCII domain under .台灣 (.xn--kpry57d). Before the official opening, TWNIC provides priority registration for registrants who meet the eligibility requirements. For example, twnic.tw can be registered for twnic.台灣 in the grandfathering period. The following eligibility criteria apply and are checked by the registry: The creation date for ACSII.tw should be earlier ... Read More

BREXIT – The plan of the .EU for UK citizens

Following BREXIT, Eurid (.EU registry) had recently updated its Domain names Registration Policy, by modifying the conditions of attribution of a .EU domain name for the British and Gibraltarians, according to the plan below: * From 1st November 2019, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant’s residence or establishment country code is either GB or GI, unless the citizenship country code of the registrant corresponds to an EU27 Member State. * On 24 Octob... Read More