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Until recently, not everyone could register a .com.tr domain name. However recently, the Turkish registry has removed all restrictions so that anyone can now register a name under the .com.tr domain without any problems.

If you previously wanted to register a name under the .com.tr extension, you had to go through a rather cumbersome procedure. Your .com.tr domain name had to exactly match your registered brand or company name. You had to demonstrate an economic link with Turkey and documents had to be forwarded.

All of this is no longer needed. From now on, anyone who wishes to do so can register a .com.tr name without any additional restrictions. A .com.tr registration will also be completed significantly faster.

Registering a .frl domain name has been possible for a long time, but only if the name consisted of at least 3 characters. This will soon change. From October 1st, you will also be able to register a .frl domain name consisting of 2 characters. These 2 characters may be a combination of 2 letters, 2 numbers or a number and a letter.

The release of these 2 character names under the .frl extension will take place in 2 phases:

1) The priority phase: October 1st, 2022 to October 31st, 2022
During this priority phase, national and local governments, national country code managers and holders of a registered trademark, company or trade name will be given priority to register the exact same 2 character domain name as the respective name or country code of which they are the holder or administrator.
The first come, first served principle applies here and a one-time administrative fee will be charged upon successful registration.

2) General availability: from November 14th, 2022
From November 14th onwards, anyone who wishes to do so can register a name under the .frl domain.
Keep in mind that from then on these names will be considered premium names by registry by default. This means that a higher price will be charged for both registration and renewal.

It’s been a while ago but 3 new extensions have been released: .boo, .rsvp and .giving.

With a domain name under the .boo extension you can go in different directions. Have you set up a fun Halloween promotion? Or are you just crazy about Halloween and do you make the creepiest outfits or the tastiest Halloween recipes? Then a .boo domain name is a fun way to put this in the spotlight.
Or do you just want to go in a completely different direction and are you crazy about someone? Even then you can register a .boo domain name to make this clear to everyone.

A .rsvp domain name can help you to prepare your party or event even better. Are you throwing a party? Are you organizing an event? Are you getting married? Then a domain name under the .rsvp extension can be quite handy. A fun way to ask your invitees whether or not they will be attending. This way you coordinate everything just a little better and your party or event will already be unforgettable!

With a domain name under the .giving extension you show that you care. Are you committed to helping others? Are you organizing a charity event or a benefit? Are you raising money for a good cause? All good reasons to register a .giving domain name.

The release of these new extensions happens in several phases. The first phase is always the sunrise.
For .boo and .rsvp the sunrise will start on October 4, for .giving it will start on October 13. During the sunrise, only holders of a registered trademark can register their name under these extensions.

The sunrise for .boo and .rsvp ends on November 7 and is followed by an Early Access Period (EAP). During the EAP, anyone who wishes can register a name for a higher price. Every day the price will drop slightly.
The Go Live will start on November 15 and from then on anyone who wishes can register a .boo domain name. Registering a .rsvp domain name is also possible for everyone from November 15 onwards.

For .giving domain names, the sunrise ends on December 13. The sunrise will be followed by a landrush. This will start on December 20. During the landrush, anyone who wishes can register a .giving domain name on the condition that you promise to consider using the (free) services of justgiving.com. However, you don’t have to sign up with them.
On January 20, 2023, the Go Live for the .giving domain will start and anyone can register a name under the .giving extension without additional conditions.

Of course it is already possible to pre-register a .boo, .rsvp or .giving name.

The registry behind .org, .ong and .ngo is getting ready to also launch the .giving domain. Just as their other TLD’s, the .giving extension is targetting the “do good” community. Both non-profit organisations doing a fund-raising and for-profit organisations who want to highlight the work they do in their community can register a .giving domain name.

When launching a new extension, registries go through different launch phases. The sunrise phase is mandatory and needs to be carried out according to ICANN guidelines. PIR (registry behind .giving) however has mixed procedures of two types of sunrises in a controversial way. They’ll be running an “end-date” sunrise. This type of sunrise is specifically designed to NOT be first-come first-served and because of this needs to be announced only 30 days up front.
The .giving sunrise is announced as end-date sunrise (so not first-come first-served), yet at the end of the sunrise, the domain names will be awarded to the applicant who requested it first (so… it’s first-come first-served).

Also for the landrush phase, it seems the registry has had to make a creative compromise. The only requirement to already apply for your domain name during landrush and not wait for Go-live, is that you have considered using the (free) services of justgiving.com. You don’t have to actually sign up with them. But you need to have thought about signing up.
It’s unclear how this will be enforced, but the registry does make clear that, if have not thought about justgiving.com before registering your .giving domain name, they are allowed to revoke your registration.

A while ago, the Australian registry announced that they would allow direct registrations under the .au domain. Before, only third level registrations were possible (.com.au, .net.au, .org.au) but the .au domain was added to the list.

With the release of the .au domain, Australia is following the lead of the UK and New Zealand, among others, who, after years of emphasizing third level domains (.co.uk and .co.nz respectively), also released . uk and .nz.

Until September 20th, anyone who has registered a third level Australian domain name has priority to register this name under the .au extension. This priority will expire after September 20th.
From October 3rd, anyone who meets to conditions can register a .au domain name regardless of whether a third level Australian domain name has already been registered by another party.

The conditions to register a .au domain name are the following:
– OR you are an Australian company and there must be a link between the domain name and the domain name owner
– OR you have a registered trademark valid in Australia and the domain name you wish to register exactly matches your registered trademark in Australia

If you do not meet these conditions, please contact bNamed. We can undoubtedly still help you out.