Dec 042016
 
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This week, on December 8 and 9, the DNS Entrepreneurship Center (DNS-EC) is travelling to Cotonou, the largest city in the African country of Benin.

Set up following a memorandum of agreement signed between Egypt’s National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority and ICANN in 2014, the DNS-EC strives to develop expertise on the Domain Name System in Africa and the Middle East.

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Apr 242016
 

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Opening up the Internet root to hundreds of new Top Level Domains (TLDs), where before the choice in domain name suffixes (the label after the dot) was extremely limited, is ambitious indeed.

The goal is a lofty one: bringing greater context, more precision and more effective navigation to users dependent on Web addresses to find the content they want. But unless people know of the Internet’s TLD expansion, its chances of success are limited.

Increasing public awareness of these new suffixes (dubbed “new gTLDs”) is a constant challenge for the businesses involved in giving the world’s information superhighway signposts that are both more numerous and better indicators of the content they are pointing to.

Companies like StartingDot, operator of the .ARCHI, .BIO and .SKI new gTLDs. And Google. The search giant is very much a part of this attempt to bring users more choice at the Internet’s Top Level.

To help developers understand how they can best work with new gTLDs and test their applications for compatibility Google launched Domain Test as an open source project open to all new gTLD operators.

The service is also designed to allow testing of new country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) and internationalized domain names (IDNs), i.e. Internet suffixes written in non-Latin characters such as Arabic or Cyrillic. “These gTLDs have a series of characteristics, such as string length and the use of non-Latin scripts, that can cause bugs in software,” says Google. “Domain Test helps developers identify and fix these problems.”

Domain Test is freely available to use or modify, and is operated under the Apache 2 license, the service runs on AppEngine.

StartingDot has included all 3 of its TLDs in the Domain Test initiative. “Our TLDs look to serve specific communities,” the company explains. “Their operating rules and procedures were designed from the get-go to provide the architecture, snowsports and organic/biography communities with Internet labels that suit their needs. Joining the Domain Test initiative is just another step in the same direction for us. The more Web developers understand these TLDs, the more the aforementioned communities are likely to be able to benefit from them.”

Jan 152016
 

Auction

If the auction held during the Namescon conference is anything to go by, domain investors are warming up to the opportunities offered by new gTLDs.

Last year was the first time new gTLD names featured in a Namescon auction, the very first new gTLDs having launched just months before the January 2015 event. This year some of those names came back at auction and where they had sold for a few hundred dollars in 2015, they now went for a few thousand.

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Jan 122016
 

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Registry StartingDot’s Premium TLD 50 index for Q4 2015 shows strong growth for this segment of the new gTLD market. Premium TLDs are defined as Latin character suffixes (no IDNs) that are not brand or geographic terms and with an average retail price of over US$40. These suffixes are the business class section of the domain industry.

The Premium sector grew by 7% in the last quarter of 2015, riding a strong trend overall which saw total new gTLD growth rates rise from 26% in Q3 to 41% in Q4. Part of the increase seems attributable to improving awareness of TLDs in China, with domain investors making high volume domain registrations in the last few months.

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Jan 072016
 

New gTLD jackpot?

TheDomains is running a piece today on the .ski registry’s removal of reserve pricing for all the names it has included in the RightOfTheDot auction being held during next week’s Namescon in Las Vegas.

So now all auction participants can look forward to trying for quality names, from 1-letters like i.ski to top quality key words like jet.ski.

The auction will start at 14:00 Pacific Time on January 11. Bidding is open already and online bidding and video feeds will be available during the auction.

Jan 062016
 

premium domain names

There is an intrinsic value proposition to new gTLDs. They mean to give users fresh naming possibilities and provide more meaningful Internet addresses. And to do so at much reduced prices.

Premium names before TLDs

Reduced prices? Really? This is where eyebrows start being raised. How so?

Well before the advent of new gTLDs, few suffixes offered any real ability to differentiate. Users thus looked to the second level, not the top level, for a way to get their web addresses to stand out from the crowd. So began a vicious circle of value going to the limited number of meaningful second level names since at TLD level, the only string with any real equity was .COM.

 

Read the rest of this article on CircleID, where it was first published.