New document : 5 minutes to understand domain names extensions (TLD)

The “Top Level Domains” also called TLD or extensions, are defined by the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) which depends on ICANN since 1998. ICANN and IANA are in charge of allocating Internet protocol (IP) addresses space, assigning protocol identifiers and managing the top level domain names system, i.e. the “Top Level Domains”. Find out in this “5 minutes to understand” document, available for download on the Nameshield’s website, the ... Read More

.SBS : Sunrise phase opening

The .SBS (side by side) is a short, thoughtful, three-letter domain extension, perfect for social causes, charitable organisations and other philanthropic initiatives, and any progressive business, individual, or community that believes in social and financial inclusion. It is important to note that a part of the profits linked to the registration of .SBS domain names will be donated by the ShortDot registry to a non-profit organization.Here is the launching schedule: Sunrise Phase: M... Read More

ICANN70: At the crossroads of different policy development processes

Initially scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico, like ICANN67 , the recent summit on Internet governance was once again held entirely by videoconference due to the global health situation. The PDPs, the Policy Development Processes, were the main thread of this summit. ICANN70 was the fourth summit held remotedely The PDP, Policy Development Process, is the central community mechanism used by the Generic Names Supporting Organization (Gnso), the body responsible for policy development... Read More

Opening of the sunrise phase of the .FORUM

Image source: ary74 via Pixabay The .FORUM is an interesting new extension to exploit and secure. Here is the launching schedule: Sunrise Phase: November 16, 2020 – December 16, 2020General Availability: March 02, 2021, on a first come, first served basis! For more information on the conditions of registration of your .FORUM, please contact your Nameshield consultant . ... Read More

Launch of the new gTLD .CONTACT

Image source: Tumisu via Pixabay Launched by the Donuts registry, this .CONTACT extension is interesting, particularly for the contact pages of your websites. This extension is also part of the TrueName program created by the Donuts registry: when registering a domain name in .CONTACT, Donuts will also protect the typographical alternatives of your brand by blocking them, thus preventing some phishing attempts through the registration by a third party of a typographically similar name (ex... Read More

New launching dates for the .GAY

Image source : Top Level Design website 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: ... Read More

The launch of .GAY is close

Image source : Top Level Design website On June 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots, which marked the birth of the LGBTQ rights movements, the first Gay Pride parades took place in many US cities to claim liberty, equality and denounce prejudice, persecution, bigotry and hate. Fifty years later, with the launch of the new extension .GAY by the registry TOP LEVEL DESIGN, a new digital space is created for the LGBTQ community. This extension is thus intended for individuals, organiza... Read More

[New gTLD] Launch of .NEW by Google

Image source: 377053 via Pixabay Following the launch of .APP, .PAGE, and .DEV among others, Google (Charleston Road Registry), launches the new extension .NEW in Sunrise period as of October 15, 2019. Conditions for registration of a .NEW In order to use a .NEW domain name, you will need to acquire an SSL certificate and deploy HTTPS. For reminder, the .NEW extension is included on the HSTS pre-upload list, requiring HTTPS protocol on all .NEW domain names (more details in the article... Read More

The acquisition of Rightside Group by Donuts becomes a reality

It’s at mid-July that ICANN has given its consent regarding the merge of Rightside Group, the registry behind the 40 new gTLDs (.ATTORNEY, .NINJA, .PUB, .DENTIST, .NEWS, .ROCKS, .LIVE, etc.) and the other well-known registry in the new gTLDs’ world, Donuts Inc (more than 200 TLDs: .LIFE, .LOANS, .MEDIA, .SOLUTIONS, .WORLD, etc.). Donuts will then acquire Rightside at the price of 10.60$ per action, in the context of a takeover offer, i.e. an operation of approximatively 213 million in total. ... Read More

New extensions: The first signs of a (R)evolution?

Domain names registration strategies follow reasoning sometimes hard to understand. However “sheep-like” reasoning is the one we can easily observe. When Alphabet (Google) used for the first time its domain name ABC.XYZ, a sensitive rise of registrations for this extension has been observed. More than a simple registration, ABC.XYZ has created for the public, informed or not, an interrogation on the extension used: “they aren’t in .COM?”     New gTLDs’s program by ICANN has gener... Read More