June 2016


Old habits die hard. And that clearly is true for what people are used to in the domain name market. While 100’s of new extensions have been launched the past few years, most people stick to what they know. There is some clear proof of this with the .uk extension. This was launched two years ago as the replacement for Nominet, the registry behind both and .uk, put everything into place so that owners of a domain name would be able to make a smooth transition towards .uk. Two years later, it turns out that hardly anybody has actually made the switch.

niclogoNIC-malta, the registry managing the .mt domain name space, has announced that they plan to allow domain name registrations directly under the 2nd level for .mt in the near future (exact timing is not known yet). Currently only registrations on the 3rd level, under for example and, are possible.

The launch procedure would be somewhat similar to that of 2nd level .uk registrations two years ago. Just like with .uk, the .mt domain name corresponding to an active or domain name will be reserved for the owner of the 3d level domain name. The reservation remains for a 3 year period and it would actually be free of charge to already activate such a reserved .mt domain name during that period.

171px-ICANN.svgLast year in September, ICANN announced new rules that would need to be applied to updating the information of the owner of a gTLD domain name. This includes the new gTLD’s, but also .com, .net, .org,….  Previously there were no rules at all regarding updates to the owner information of such a domain name. This new ICANN Transfer Policy however is more strict than what most country code registries enforce.

The new procedures should have gone into effect the first of August 2016. But after “feedback from the community”, ICANN changed some wording and removed a clear error in the procedure. And because of this, delayed the enforcement for 5 months, until December 2016. Regretfully the actual proposed procedure has not been tampered with.

Afilias_GREENThe registry behind .green has decided to change the pricing of their premium domain names. Just like many other new gTLD’s, the .green registry had at the time of launch marked a large amount of domain names as “premium” names, with a premium price-tag. They now announced that 16000 of those premium domain names will be available at normal retail price from July 6’th onwards. This will mean that many domain names which would now set you back around € 1000, will only cost around € 75 per year.

On June 1st EURid (the .eu-registry) has launched the .ею extension. This is the Cyrillic version of the .eu domain. Everyone who wishes to do so can register a name under this new extension. Names which contain Cyrillic characters can only be registered under this Cyrillic domain from now on and no longer under the regular .eu extension.