Four new top level domains live this week (6-12.10.14)

These are hectic days in domain name country. New launches every week, some great ones and others where frankly I can’t see any value for brand owners. Last week saw the introduction of another geographic Top Level Domain .bayern, which means Bavaria in German. Bayern is the biggest region in Germany. And it got off to a great start with 21.000 registrations. Anyway this will be nothing compared to this week’s most interesting one in my opinion – .nyc.

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Is your brand name a “Chinese Gooseberry”?

Is your brand name a “Chinese Gooseberry”?

If you haven’t heard of a Chinese Gooseberry, you’re not alone. Chinese gooseberry was later, unsuccesfully, rebranded to Melonette. Only when it changed name to Kiwi, people started to get hooked on this exotic fruit.

kiwi

Having the right brand name can work wonders.

Is your brand a Chinese Gooseberry or a Kiwi?

Answer the questions below to check if your brand name is either a Chinese Gooseberry or a Kiwi.

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.Wien Case Study – 5 scenarios where a dot city TLD is better

.Wien Case Study – 5 scenarios where a dot city TLD is better

The dot city top level domains have turned out to be some of the most popular new gTLDs (generic top level domains). There’s a lot of talk about numbers, however no one has really dived into how people are using the dot city TLDs (Top Level Domains). In the following I took a closer look at how .wien websites are used. While .wien is not the biggest dot city TLD (8.455 registrations) until now, I found that there are already quite a lot of active websites. I identified 5 scenarios where a dot city TLD is a better option than a ccTLD (country code) or .com. So if a dot city TLD comes to your city, here is some inspiration from other locals.

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Expert roundup: What’s the future for the new gTLDs?

Expert roundup: What’s the future for the new gTLDs?

On Sunday morning we reached the 2 million registered domain names in the new gTLD (generic top level domains) space.

2 million domains
I therefore thought it was a good occasion to have some of the sharpest people in the domain industry give their view on the future of the new gTLDs.

I must say that I was overwhelmed by the positive response when reaching out to all these busy people (a big thank you for sharing your knowledge). And the quality of the answers is excellent. Personally I learned a lot. This post is full of insights from experts who live and breathe domain names on a daily basis such as Frank Schilling, “Domain King” Rick Schwarz, Adrian Kinderis, Michele Neylon and other prolific authorities in the community.

My question to the experts was the following:

“How do you see the future of the new gTLDs?”

All the big thoughts are condensed here in this post, so grab a cup of coffee, and get more wise on the future landscape of the new gTLDs.

To summon up new gTLDs are the new breed of domain name extensions, which mean something on both sides of the dot. The first generation of TLDs were much less descriptive such as .com, .net and country code TLDs such as .fr and .de. Over the last many months you have been able to register domains with a .bar, .ski, .tattoo or .guru. Heck, you can even get domains in 100% Chinese or Arabic for the first time. Until now 197 have been released to the public and hundreds will come out over the next year. Not forgetting the additional 617 dot brands e.g. .nike and .mcdonalds.

Anyway, lets get started…

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.HIV – “The digital red ribbon” goes live

.HIV – “The digital red ribbon” goes live

34 million people.

This is the estimated number of people with HIV according to the World Health Organization. About one-half are women, and one-tenth are children younger than age 15.

If you want to help with a worthy cause, then the fight against hiv certainly is one of those.

And now there is a domain name to go with any campaign – .HIV.

The first first and only social cause domain extension .HIV goes live on 26th August. It’s the “Digital red Ribbon”.

Apart from making a profitable business, Any CEO should consider the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, and a .hiv domain name is the perfect way to make a difference.

And there is a nice feature using a .HIV domain.

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Week 34: My opinion on this week’s new domain extensions

Week 34: My opinion on this week’s new domain extensions

This week there are six new domain extensions available. These are:

.tax
.cash
.fund
.investments
.career
.bio

.Career comes out today, Monday, .bio on Thursday and the rest on Wednesday.

Who should then go after these new domain endings?

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4th Aug. : New Domain Extensions Out This Week

4th Aug. : New Domain Extensions Out This Week

Lots happening in domain name country. There are 8 new domain extensions going live this week. Furthermore we have 2 Sunrise openings, 6 Landrush releases and 1 pioneer programme. We support all of them. 1 year registration price in brackets.

General availability

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Hey Londoners! All you need to know about dot london

Hey Londoners! All you need to know about dot london

One of the most eagerly awaited new domain name extension launches is .london. Of the 45 dot city top level domains dot london together with .paris, .berlin and .nyc are expected to become the most popular. CentralNic, the registry behind .london, has alrady received +150.000 applications.

For local businesses .london is a great web address, which communicates so much better than a .com or .uk. If you still haven’t ordered your .london domain names, then there is still time. 31 July is the deadline for submitting your application. The first .london domains will go live in August. If you do miss out, then .london will be available for all from 9 September, however your domains could be taken by then.

Please notice that if there are more applicants for the same domain name in this phase, then the domain name will be given to the highest priority registrant. These are the priorities:

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28 July : Four new domain extensions out this week

28 July : Four new domain extensions out this week

Four new domain extensions can be registered by everyone this week. After an initial Sunrise period for trademark holders and the Landrush period it’s finally time. By the way you can still participate in the Landrush, as it runs until Wednesday the 30th at 15h CET.

So here are the four new top level domains out on 30 July:

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21-27 July : Which new domain extensions go live

21-27 July : Which new domain extensions go live

Pheewww…. No summer holiday for anyone in the domain name industry.

Yes, .moe is out this week, however it’s not the one from the Simpsons. A moe is an expression from the Japanese anime geek culture.

Here are the releases in this week from 21-27 July.

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