Should you register a .ECO domain? Here’s what you should know before you decide.

Another new gTLD is set to launch in April. Yup, we get it. You have heard this all before …

With the introduction of so many new domain extensions in recent years, businesses and orgs, as well as marketing teams, IP managers and technical administrators of domain portfolios are becoming immune to the messages new gTLDs are putting forth.

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The $135 million .WEB auction and its impact on businesses, worldwide

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On July 27, one of the most highly sought after new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) extension was sold for a record-breaking $135 million in an auction.

With Alphabet (Google), Donuts Inc. and upstart Nu Dot Co LLC, competing against each other, the winning bid was produced by Nu Dot Co LLC. Backed by Verisign – the registry for .COM and .NET – Nu Dot Co beat out the both Alphabet’s and Donuts’ massive coffers, combined.

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What you need to know about the .SUCKS domain

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Over the past year and a half, over 450 new domain extensions such as .consulting, .social, .tech and even .ninja have launched but none have created as much controversy and concern as the Vox Populi owned .SUCKS domain. 

In 2014, former US senator Jay Rockefeller told the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that is shouldn’t approve .sucks. The former senator called .sucks “little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to force corporations, small businesses and individuals to pay an annual fee to prevent others from registering the .sucks variation of their domain name.

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2014 CIRA Factbook Available Now

The 2014 CIRA Factbook by the Canadian Internet Registration Association (CIRA) is now available! What is this factbook you ask? It’s a compilation of great information about the .CA domain, the Internet industry and the online landscape. From the humble beginnings of the Internet to the massive change we are experiencing right now, the CIRA factbook contains great information for everyone.

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Domains have birthdays too! Happy Birthday .CO!

Happy Birthday .CO! 

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It’s been 3 years since their global launch of the .CO domain and the folks over at .CO have done a great job of growing the domain. In the short time since it’s launch, there have been over 1.5 million .CO registrations already worldwide!

So how did .CO reach this milestone in such a short time? The .CO domain is highly popular among SMEs and events, worldwide. From the Canada to Australia, a lot of SMEs have adopted the domain because, “co” flexible and you can be creative with it.

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New Cybele Negris Article: Brand and Trademark Protection Has Become Increasingly Complex in Today’s Digital World

Webnames.ca President and Co-Founder Cybele Negris’ new article “Brand and Trademark Protection Has Become Increasingly Complex in Today’s Digital World” is now available on the Business in Vancouver magazine. In this article, she talks about what business owners and executives need to know about protecting your brand and trademark with the launch of the new domain extensions and the trademark clearinghouse.

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ICANN Takes On The Largest Expansion of gTLD Applications

A Snapshot of The gTLD Expansion

On January 12, 2012 ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned names and Numbers) started accepting applications for generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and closed its application period on May 30, 2012. Presently, there are 22 gTLDs including .com, .org, and .net. Out of the several applications, some of the biggest tech firms have applied for domain names such as .Apple, .Google, .Amazon, and .Samsung. According to an article on pcmag.com, a number of tech companies will be competing for the rights tICANN-reveals-1930-proposed-new-domain-nameso gTLDs such as .cloud, .docs, and .blog. Cloud computing has grown in popularity over the years, especially with the Apple iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive, making media easily accessible over multiple devices.

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ICANN Starts Accepting Applications for New gTLDs

Today, January 12, 2012 marks the day ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) starts accepting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs).

This process has been heavily debated amongst the internet community at large as well as within the ICANN board but was approved by ICANN in 2011 at its meeting in Singapore.

The process is expected to dramatically expand the Internet with the current 22 approved gTLDs (such as .com, .org or recent .xxx) to hundreds or thousands of extensions which include all types of words in multiple languages including non-Latin languages.

ICANN is directing all interested parties to refer to the New gTLD section of ICANN’s website for authoritative documents, resources, and latest developments. The New gTLD site is found at http://newgtlds.icann.org. The ICANN New gTLD page includes links to the TLD Application System (TAS) to submit applications and the updated version of the Applicant Guidebook which details the process and criteria for applying for a new gTLD. The updated version incorporates clarification on topics such as batching, background screening, the applicant support program, Continued Operations Instrument, GAC advice processes, and the registry code of conduct.

There is also information available for financial assistance for some applicants who qualify. Essentially applicants from developing economies have access to financial assistance in the form of an evaluation fee reduction and other in-kind or community pro bono services. The financial assistance part of the program will allow a limited number of applicants to pay a reduced evaluation fee of US $47,000 rather than the US $185,000 amount. More information about the New gTLD Applicant Support Program is available at: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/candidate-support.

Key timelines:
March 29, 2012 – The last day to register in TAS
April 12, 2012 –  Final day ICANN accepts applications

For some background as to what the new gTLD expansion is about, please read our previous blog post on this topic: http://blog.webnames.ca/2011/06/shop-paris-the-domain-name-spa-1.html.

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.XXX Pre-Registration Now Available at Webnames.ca


Now Accepting Sunrise B Applications. General Pre-Registration Coming Soon.

Eleven years after it was first proposed, the .XXX sTLD (sponsored Top Level Domain) is set to launch in September 2011. Webnames is participating in Sunrise B and General Registration to help facilitate the protection of trademarks, brands and primary domains in other extensions.

What is .XXX?

.XXX (commonly called “dot triple-X”) is a sponsored, specialized top-level domain (sTLD) intended for use by Adult Entertainment Industry on the Internet. .XXX was designed to facilitate online responsibility and best practices for the global online Adult Entertainment Industry. The registry is operated by ICM and the sponsoring organization for .XXX is the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). [Read more]

Trademark owners, as well as the owners of non-trademarked names and brands should act soon to protect their assets and prevent the registration of their names by other parties. 


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Acting early is important!
Pre-Registration orders for .XXX domains are
submitted to the registry in the
order they are received. The earlier you pre-register the .XXX domains, the better your chances of success.

Sunrise B for Trademark Owners Outside the Sponsored Community (Adult Entertainment Industry)

Now Accepting ApplicationsApply Today

Application Fee: $349 (One-Time, Non Refundable) 

Names secured through Sunrise B will not result in the registration of a resolving domain name at the .XXX registry. Instead, these names will be reserved and blocked from live use. The applied for name will resolve to a page indicating that the name is reserved from use through ICM Registry’s rights protection program. The “block” will be valid for a period of 10 years.

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General Registration – First Come, First Served, Open to the Public

Pre-Registration Begins Monday, July 25

$129.00/year – Risk Free. Pay only for successful .XXX domain registrations.

General Availability is open to anyone who wishes to register domain(s) in the .XXX extension. It is a live first come, first serve registration period. Registrations will take place in real time. There are no requirements pertaining to trademarks or pre-existing domain names.

Note: Webnames.ca is supporting General Registration with the aim to
helping our customers protect their existing assets (non-trademarked
names and brands). .XXX domains registered at
Webnames.ca will not resolve or support live content or email.  



Questions?  

More information about .XXX is available at http://webnames.ca/xxx 
Call toll free 1-866-221-7878 to speak to a Customer Support representative about .XXX

Learn More

History of .XXX – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.xxx
The Register – .XXX Set to Go Live
Wired Magazine – ICANN Approves .XXX Red-Light District For The Internet

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ICANN Approves New gTLD Program – A New Domain Landscape is on the Horizon

New Domain Names are Coming in 2012

Part of the mandate of ICANN is to make the internet representative and inclusive. Over the last ten years they have tried to pick new top level domain names that would best serve the internet and this centralized process saw the introduction of new domain extensions such as .biz, .info, .mobi, .pro, and .tel.  A new domain program has been in discussion for a number of years and the timelines for it are expected to be announced fairly soon. The new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) paradigm will allow anyone to pay an application fee and so long as they fulfill certain criteria they will be able to run a domain name registry.

There are three main types of new gTLDs that are expected:

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Webnames.ca Stands Proudly Behind Our Core Values

If you haven’t already heard or seen the video, GoDaddy is getting a lot of bad press right now because their CEO Bob Parsons shot an elephant and put the video up on the internet (warning: graphic if you haven’t seen it).

 This is  interesting timing because yesterday during a management meeting we were talking about our brand promise and what differentiates Webnames.ca from competitors.

Well, the outrage and groups urging people to close their GoDaddy accounts tells all of us who run businesses something very important.  Brand promise and values matter.   

 So rather than go on about GoDaddy here’s our story. We are Canada’s original .CA registrar. My business partner John Demco founded .CA in Canada back in 1987. Before the world wide web and before people were even using email. He had a vision to secure an online identity for all Canadians. He ran this effort as a volunteer for 13 years for free and has been honoured as one of the pioneers of the Canadian Internet.

 In 2000, we grew from 4 to 30 people in 4 months and ten years later, I’m proud to say that Webnames, founded on the principals of giving back, integrity and customer service continues to grow and expand. Our number 1 core value is to “amaze every customer with exceptional service”. That’s what defines us. That’s who we are and that’s our commitment to you.  We don’t hide from our customers…we post our toll free phone number all over our website and homepage. If you aren’t satisfied, you can write directly to president@webnames.ca . Our BBB rating is A+ and has been for the 10 years we’ve been in business and we continue to track a zero complaint record. We bring the human touch back to technology and are your “Ally on the Web”.

No we don’t sponsor Nascar but we do give back to the community. That’s another one of our core values “to make a positive difference.” Members of the management team serve on a number of boards,  mentor other entrepreneurs and businesses and the company sponsors numerous events, initiatives and charities.

Here’s the Webnames.ca video that I’m proud to celebrate. You decide.

Cybele Negris
Co-Founder, Webnames.ca Inc.
http://cybele.tel

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Take Part in the Canadian Internet Forum on February 25th – Attend or Webcast

cira.pngDo you own a .CA domain name? If so, you should know about some of the great initiatives coming out of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) lately.

On February 25, 2011, CIRA will be hosting a national event about the future of the Internet – and you’re invited to attend, in person or virtually.

The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) is an opportunity to discuss, debate and propose directions for the development, deployment and governance of the Internet in Canada.

The national event is the culmination of four months of consultations with Canadians focused on a range of topics related to digital literacy and the digital economy. So far, Canadians have discussed issues of online privacy, how social media is driving the future of the Internet, and access to and the cost of broadband in Canada, among others.

At the CIF you can provide your feedback and opinions about the results of these consultations. There will be opportunity to ask questions, debate and have your opinion heard about the direction the Internet should take in Canada.

There will also be a panel of Canadian experts on hand to discuss and debate the future of the Internet, including:

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