ICANN Swats RegisterFly

As an ICANN Accredited Registrar, Webnames.ca follows the domain name industry very closely and the recent RegisterFly saga has been on our radar this month. The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will revoke RegisterFly’s accreditation by the end of this month and plans to review how it accredits and disciplines domain name registrars after this fiasco put tens…

Getting your Small Business Online: tips for planning your first website

Simple websites between one and a dozen pages, commonly referred to as “brochure” websites, are widely used by small businesses and organizations to accomplish two things on the Internet: get found on search engines and provide information about products/services to potential customers 24/7. The term “brochure website” is actually something of a misnomer. One of…

Domain Name News – Mar. 18, 2007

ICANN Terminates Registrar Accreditation Agreement For Registerfly – ICANN has issued formal notice of termination of its accrediation agreement with registrar Registerfly.com. According to the letter, Registerfly.com will no longer be allowed to operate as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar effective March 31. Whois Task Force Issues Final Report – The Whois Task Force has sent its…

Microsoft Takes Aim At Cybersquatters

Information Week reported yesterday that Microsoft is stepping up efforts against those who illegally profit from their trademarks by registering domains with slightly altered spellings. Paul Mc Dougall writes that the software maker will more aggressively pursue legal action against companies that register domain names that are misspellings of Microsoft product names in order to capture Internet traffic…

Buying a Good Domain pays off

Today on DomainNameWire.com, Andrew Allenmann stresses the importance of a good domain name and points to a $1 Million lesson.   An article in today’s Wall Street Journal confirms that the domain name Topix.com was purchased for $1M in January. The new owner is Topix.net, which receives 10M visitors per month. The company understood the user confusion…

Webnames.ca Massive Exhibit

Webnames.ca will be exhibiting at the Massive Technology Show again this year and our resident dot.Mobi expert, Cybele Negris, has been chosen to speak at the conference. Cybele will be talking about the growing mobile market and how a mobile optimized web presence is becoming increasingly important to businesses large and small. Other speakers include Leonard…

Domain Name News – Mar. 11, 2007

Update On Registerfly – During the past week, ICANN has posted in its blog several updates on the RegisterFly situation, and many unhappy customers have posted followup comments. On March 8, a U.S. District Court judge handed control of RegisterFly back to Kevin Medina, the original CEO, resolving a dispute over ownership of the company.…

Domain Name News – Mar. 4, 2007

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Finding On Registrant ID Requirements – In his blog, Michael Geist has pointed out a finding by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in which the Assistant Commissioner comments that it is appropriate for a domain registrar to require personal identification in order to change the administrative email address for a domain…

2006 Ends with 120 Million Domain Names

Today, Verisign released it’s Domain Name Industry Brief (PDF) reporting strong growth across the domain name industry in 2006. The Domain Name Industry Brief series highlights key trends in the industry, key performance indicators and growth opportunities. The domain name industry reached a new milestone with a total base of approximately 120 million domain names worldwide across all…

Domain Name News – Feb. 25, 2007

ICANN Puts Registrar On Notice – ICANN has posted a Feb. 21 letter to registrar Registerfly.com giving formal notice of several breaches in Registerfly’s accredition agreement with ICANN. The letter provides information on the breaches, and additional comments have been posted to the ICANN Ombudsman’s blog. ICANN may give notice of termination of the registrar’s…

21 Essential Web Tools

If you’re keen on the Internet and want to get up-to-speed on what tools and sites are worthwhile for small business people, be sure to check out the March issue of PROFIT Magazine.  In a 13 page section titled The Fabulous NEW Internet [Web 2.0], Editor Ian Portsmouth rallies his tech writers to handpick 21 Essential Web Tools.…

The One Million .CA Domain Mark

Back in October, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) celebrated it’s 750,000th .CA registration marking a 50% rise in the number of .CA registrations in under two years.   “The phenomenal growth of dot-ca registrations is the result of increased awareness of the value of dot-ca and the trust Canadians place in it,” says Bernard Turcotte, President…

Domain Name News – Feb. 18, 2007

ICANN Publishes Revision to Proposed .XXX Agreement – ICANN has posted for public comment a revised appendix to the proposed .xxx registry agreement. Acccording to the preliminary report of the recent ICANN Board meeting, “a majority of the Board has serious concerns about whether the proposed .XXX domain has the support of a clearly-defined sponsored…

Microsites SEO start with a creative domain

We’ve noticed a trend lately here at Webnames.ca. While our corporate and small business customers continue to do their best to protect their brands online by registering the applicable domains, they also seem to have a creative side. More and more businesses are thinking outside the traditional brand protection box and looking for unusual domains and these tend to turn into marketing…