Domain industry veteran Pinkard Alan Brand, better known as "Pinky", has left Afilias / DotMobi. Brand was with .mobi from before their launch and in recently had been focussing on the GoMobi product. With Pinky's deep industry knowledge and experience I'd expect to see him being snapped up fairly quickly! Related articles DotPro Registry Migrating To Afilias Backend … [Read more...] about Pinky Brand Leaves Afilas / DotMobi
The .pro registry will be migrating to the Afilias EPP system in June 2012. The move is hardly surprising, as the .pro registry was acquired by Afilias early this year. What impact will this have on registrants? Pretty much none. Registrars, however, will need to re-integrate their backend systems with the registry and unfortunately their existing connections with … [Read more...] about DotPro Registry Migrating To Afilias Backend
Afilias has acquired .pro (RegistryPro) I assume they'll move the registry backend to the Afilias system at some point, though managing that transition is going to be awkward. Here's the release: DUBLIN, Jan 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Afilias Limited, the ICANN-designated registry operator for the .INFO top level domain (TLD) and a global provider of domain registry … [Read more...] about Afilias Acquires .Pro
Afilias was vocally opposed to vertical integration and cross-ownership between registrars and registries. Several of its policy staff were active participants in the VI (vertical integration) working group within the GNSO for the last few months. And if you have a few hours to spare you can trawl through the email archives and meeting recordings to get a "feel" of their … [Read more...] about Afilias Attempts To Bury The Hatchet With Registrars
Afilias, which runs .info and provides registry services to a lot of other domains, has acquired the .mobi registry operator - mTLD Ltd.The acquisition was officially announced on February 11th 2010, with both Afilias and mTLD releasing press releases etc., as well as a message to pass on to any registrants who might be concerned by the acquisition.Is this good news or bad … [Read more...] about Afilias Acquires dotMobi
Afilias are running a competition with a prize fund of $7500 for the first prize.Full details of the competition and the entry form are on the official competition site … [Read more...] about Afilias Launch .Info Website Competition
All registry operators have maintenance windows. In some cases they last a few minutes, while in others they can last a few hours.But DK Hostmaster has to "take the biscuit".They're shutting down all operations for a full 24 hours! While existing domains will continue to function as normal, the registry will be closed for all other operations for a full 24 hours.Is this some … [Read more...] about DK Registry To Close For 24 Hours!
The new TLD process is occupying a lot of people in the domain name industry at present.While some people are obviously very much against the entire concept of new TLDs, there are plenty of people and organisations who support the project.But what happens when you have more than one organisation vying for the same namespace?While the ICANN new TLD application process itself has … [Read more...] about Doteco Bids Heat Up – Catfight Anyone?
Who needs new gTLDs when you can grab your own ccTLD!Last year I noticed a trend in the ccTLD world, with a lot of governments and interest groups taking an interest in governance of their namespaces.AFNIC, which runs .fr and several other cctlds, came under review from the French government.Less than a year later the French government has put the registry management out to … [Read more...] about Want To Run A ccTLD?
The announcements by Verisign, PIR and Afilias of price increases in com,net,org and .info shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone.However if the year on year price increases do leave an interesting question - is there an upper ceiling?Will the next price increase have a negative impact on some of the low cost registrars? (The last one didn't seem to have much … [Read more...] about Domain Pricing – Is There A Ceiling?