When you try to explain new TLDs to non-domain people it's often best to choose a clear example of a domain extension that illustrates the concept of the domain extension itself holding meaning. One of the examples that I and others have used more than once is .blog and the reaction has nearly always been of instant understanding and enlightenment. People "get it". If you're … [Read more...] about WordPress’ Automattic To Launch Dot Blog
Nominet are planning to make their zone file available from May. In an email to Nominet members yesterday Nominet CEO Russell Haworth stated: We have also taken a decision to make the .UK zone file available free to our members in May. The team are working out the finer technical and operational points and will keep you posted as we firm things up. There aren't any details … [Read more...] about Nominet To Make Zone File Available
Strato (Cronon AG), which is one of the larger German registrars, has pulled *.uk domain names from its offerings. The company made the announcement via a blog post (in German) where they outlined the reasons for their decision. The issue? Nominet's registrant data validation processes. I reached out to the guys at Cronon, who handle domain regisrations for Strato, to get … [Read more...] about German Registrar Pulls .Uk Domains
The New Zealand domain name registry will be launching domain registrations directly under .nz at the end of September. From 1pm on 30 September 2014 it will be possible to register .nz domains. In a similar fashion to how Nominet launched their .uk domains recently, existing holders of .co.nz domains will be given priority rights. However, unlike in the UK, the New … [Read more...] about New Zealand To Get Shorter Domains In September
The .uk launch today has been getting quite a bit of press coverage. Getting a big name celebrity like Stephen Fry to endorse the shorter namespace is also a nice win for Nominet. As part of the PR around the launch they've also put out a big welcome sign near Heathrow airport: http://youtu.be/_nRZjZO9gk4 And they did register the domain and put up a minisite … [Read more...] about Welcome to the .uk .. Unless You’re Not in the UK ..