Domain news

Registering an emoji domain – the way forward or just a gimmick?

Emoji domains immediately catch your eye. Why continue to register normal domains when you can get the message across with a few smileys? Registering a smiley URL doesn’t come without its problems though. In this article, we explain what is needed to set up an emoji URL, and explain the advantages and disadvantages of using emoticons in domain names. [...]  

Domain allocation: how are Neustar and ICANN involved?

It’s now easier than ever to register your own web address. Customers just need to apply to a web-hosting provider with their desired domain, and the rights to the address could be theirs in next to no time. But what processes are going on in the background? The application goes from pillar to post, beginning with the registrar, then sent on to a central registry for the chosen top-level domain, such as Neustar, which is responsible for a variety of popular TLDs including .co, .us, and .biz. The domain application finally ends up at ICANN – an entity which is often considered a ‘global governor of the internet’. In this helpful guide, we explain in detail how this process works. [...]  

Tiny island, massive domain: why millions of domains are being registered in the Pacific

How does a small, secluded island state in the South Pacific become responsible for the second most popular top-level domain ending on the World Wide Web? The Pacific island Tokelau may only have 1,400 inhabitants in its 10 km² of tropical paradise, but it’s responsible for 31 million registered domains – the highest of any country-specific domain ending. So how did the .tk TLD become so popular? And why are countries like the USA, Canada, and the UK lagging so far behind the tiny South Pacific state? [...]  

.web sold to Nu Dot Co – for 135 million US dollars

How much is the top-level domain .web worth to the US company, Nu Dot Co? $135 million to be precise! The auction that took place in July 2016 saw ICANN take home a record-breaking sum for the popular generic top-level domains (gTLD). There were seven other competitors in the running for the sought-after .web domain: Google, Donuts, Afilias, Radix, Schlund Technologies, Vistaprint, and Web.com. [...]  

The digital election: domain grabbing in politics

The internet has completely changed political elections across the world. Online media offers candidates the chance to get closer to their voters, providing an essential communication channel for the electoral battleground. But the freedom of information online means that you’re always susceptible to the dangers of manipulation and slander via anonymous channels. A relatively harmless, but rather amusing technique is ‘domain grabbing’, in which candidates try to secure special web addresses either to use against their opponents or to protect their own name. The master of this in the 2016 election has of course been Donald Trump. [...]  

Domain trade: making money off of domains?

Make millions in the domain business? While this prospect may sound exciting, such scenarios only materialize in the rarest of cases. Nevertheless, buying and selling domain names is still often touted as a lucrative business by those looking to get rich quick. The reason for this is simple: the right domains have been known to fetch up to seven or even eight-figure price tags. [...]  

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