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Is your .COM or .CA domain name up for renewal soon? Consider renewing it for a longer term!

There are many benefits:

  • Save Money – Renewing your domain for longer than the standard 1 year saves you money on the yearly renewal price. Pricing from as low as $13 per year (for a 9 year term) is available to you. If you are registering a new domain, register for up to 10 years for the best available price.

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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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The Advantages of Consolidating Your Domain Names


If you have more than one domain name, you probably know
that it can sometimes be a headache keeping track of which names are registered
where, and when they expire. Here in customer support, we will occasionally get
asked “Is there any way to make all my domains expire on the same day?”
Unfortunately, there isn’t. There is, however, a way to make your domain
management easier – and the first step to doing that is to consolidate your
domain name portfolio with one registrar.

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Webnames.ca Opposes SOPA

The way we are consuming copyrighted material is changing. We are not buying CD’s, DVD’s, or books as much as we used to and Peer to Peer (P2P) networks have made it very easy to distribute and share media.  Some of this media is in the public domain (such as old movies and books where the copyright has expired), and lots of it is available under licenses that encourage us to share and even change it without infringement (open source software and lots of the content on YouTube is copied this way).   Recently released movies and music are typically not in the public domain but they are also being copied and when this happens it violates the creator’s rights and is illegal.

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for September 21st, 2011

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

The TBR for September 21st, 2011 has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

To receive this list by email simply contact us at tbr@webnames.ca These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011.

10minutes.ca
247limo.ca
aboutdad.ca
abouthomes.ca
aboutmom.ca
awaygame.ca
buynsave.ca
canadatradeonline.ca
candatravel.ca
candiantravel.ca
cellphone.ca
doggydealz.ca
edifices.ca
fastfoodtakeout.ca
freecopy.ca
fuelyourbody.ca
fundraisingsolutions.ca
garagessales.ca
guitartools.ca
hommepage.ca
horsefoundation.ca
moneytrade.ca
mystical.ca
openlines.ca
openvox.ca
pixelspace.ca
quickfashion.ca
revealyourself.ca
salesandbargains.ca
securityprotection.ca
shipmentracking.ca
simplycleaner.ca
stemwear.ca
stock-advisor.ca
stock-finder.ca
techadvice.ca
technologyadvice.ca
telecommuting.ca
vancouvercondorental.ca
victoriacondorental.ca
victoriacondorentals.ca
videoscene.ca
wheelsforless.ca

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s)

Or,

   1. Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed

If your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully registered domains

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

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.CA To Be Released Domain Picks for September 14th, 2011

Below are our “top picks” from this week’s CIRA TBR (to-be-released) domains list.

The TBR for September 14th, 2011 has lots of great names, so pre-book your favourite .CA domains early.

We publish a “top picks” list each week after CIRA publishes its latest batch of expiring dot-CA domains. CIRA adds more domains to the TBR list each day until the date of release, so you may want to check the CIRA TBR for new selections.

To receive this list by email simply contact us at tbr@webnames.ca These domains are available for pre-booking NOW at Webnames.ca, and will be released by CIRA on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011.

allaboutguitars.ca
allpictureframes.ca
allpictureframing.ca
bbqsauce.ca
bestfamilyinsurance.ca
besthomeforyou.ca
bestinsurancecanada.ca
bestlifeinsurancequote.ca
bulldogscanada.ca
businesswomensnetwork.ca
canadadad.ca
canadamom.ca
charitylink.ca
cheaperfuel.ca
chickchatter.ca
cinnamonstick.ca
cinnamonsticks.ca
coookie.ca
datebank.ca
daveslandscaping.ca
duckcafe.ca
feedbackaudio.ca
financialsmart.ca
fixmydriveway.ca
funlady.ca
gonegreen.ca
guelphlimos.ca
guelphlimoservice.ca
guelphlimousine.ca
guelphlimousineservice.ca
hairsystems.ca
holein1.ca
k9care.ca
kelownawebdesigner.ca
mommypreneurs.ca
networth101.ca
papercut.ca
pocketdirectory.ca
pokerfan.ca
quicktraffic.ca
reservealimo.ca
thecanoeclub.ca
thenaturalbabystore.ca
thetruckstop.ca
totalgraphics.ca
turnofevents.ca
unpourmoi.ca
wakemeup.ca
womeninmotion.ca
yourfinancialadvisor.ca

To pre-book a To-Be-Released .CA domain from the above list:

1) Go to Webnames.ca’s To-Be-Released .CA Domains page

2) Find and click on the domain(s) you wish to pre-book and they will be added to your cart

3) Review your shopping cart. Login or create a Webnames.ca account. Complete your transaction as though you were registering new domain(s)

Or,

   1. Look up the domain you wish to pre-book in the Webnames.ca WHOIS. On your WHOIS search result page you will be asked “Do you want to pre-book this domain,” select “yes” to proceed

If your pre-book is successful you will be notified by CIRA after the Wednesday registration period. Within 24 hours of receiving this notification, Webnames.ca will charge your credit card for successfully registered domains

Note: You will only be charged for pre-booked domains that are successfully registered.

If you have any questions about the TBR pre-booking process, or want help completing your pre-book, simply contact support@webnames.ca or call 1-866-221-7878.

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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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Generic Domain Names – Why we love them and why you should too!

The talk around the office is that EVERYONE should be using generic domain names. What are they you ask? Generic domains are keyword based rather than brand based. Coke.com, Google.ca, Dell.com, CanadianTire.com – these are all brand domains.  Examples of generic domains would include halifaxpizza.ca, kelownadenturist.ca, petbeds.com and mobilephones.net.

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Geolocation and Domains Extensions – Is your airport code going to be the next big thing?

There is big buzz on the internet these days about Geolocation.  Wikipedia says:
“Geolocation is the identification of the real-world geographic location of an object, such as a cell phone or an Internet-connected computer terminal. Geolocation may refer to the practice of assessing the location, or to the actual assessed location.”

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.CO Now Available for Public Registration


The Internet just got a little bigger today with .CO opening for general registration. Beginning at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, .CO registrations began rolling in fast and furious at Webnames.ca.

A new domain launch is always exciting. For registrants it provides a rare opportunity to get truly premium domains – names that are memorable, dictionary words, combinations of words, popular phrases, trending terms and topics, first names, last names and place names.  Really good stuff is available at this early date!

Around the office, it’s exciting to see the variety of names being registered and share in our customers excitement when they get the exact domain name they want, or in some cases, have wanted for years.

With most of the quality .COM’s taken in the primary market, it’s getting harder to secure a good, global domain name unless you are willing to pay the going rate in the aftermarket. When searching for a new domain to represent a business, product or brand, most people have to go through dozens of variations before settling on a second rate domain.

.CO presents a rare opportunity for people to get all their names – brands, business and product – and also register relevant generic domains they can use to drive traffic, expand their brand or hold onto for future use.

Online shopping giant Overstock.com announced today that they acquired the domain “O.CO” specifically to target new audiences and expand its global brand.

“We think the O is a really important part of our brand,” said Jonathan Johnson, Overstock.com president. “We think many people think of us as the O. And single-letter domain names are rare so we’re glad to have this one.”

Overstock paid $350k for their new .CO domain, however you don’t need deep pockets to follow their lead. .CO domains are only $29.50 at Webnames.ca and this is the best opportunity you will every have to register great brand building and marketing domains.

Register soon, an opportunity like this only comes around once every couple years.  This is your chance to get the domain that got away from you in both .COM and .CA!

Everything You Need to Know About .CO

Where:   Register .CO at Webnames.ca

When: .CO General Registration begins Tuesday, July 20 at 11:00 PDT

Cost:  .CO is $29.50 US/year at Webnames.ca.
(This is the best price available for .CO, lower than most discount registrars including GoDaddy.)

Term: .CO can be registered for 1 to 5 years.

Meaning:  Associated globally with the words “company,” “corporation” and “commerce,” .CO is a flexible domain for businesses.  It is also a great platform for socially networked companies or individuals.

.CO Highlights

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Now Available at Webnames.ca – .TV, .CC, .WS & .CO

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Webnames.ca recently added new domain extensions to our roster!  .TV, .CC and .WS. are now available for registration, transfer and renewal at Webnames.ca.

.TV

.TV domain names provide an instant association with video and rich media content. A .TV domain is the best way to announce that your site has video or other rich media, like animation, audio or streaming content.

.TV has also become popular as a secondary extension to websites with how-to videos, promotional materials, training and educational content and can be used to your .COM, .CA, etc.

 As a newer namespace, chances of securing the .TV domain name of your choice are significantly higher than with other major TLD’s.

.CC

.CC is a highly memorable extension that is used to represent several abbreviations.
It is extremely popular and widely used by niche markets, special interest groups and communities, including:

Commercial Companies
Consulting Companies
Chat Communities
Christian Communities
Christian Churshes
Chambers of Commerce
Community Centers
Community Colleges
Creative Commons associations

.CC is also frequently used as an alternative to. CA and .CN domains to indicate Chinese and Canadian content.

.WS

An abbreviation of “website,” .WS has become a popular alternative to .COM. .WS has no inherent implication about the nature of the website and no rules surrounding its content.
.WS is versatile, easy to remember and can be used for any manner of website (ecommerce, corporate, personal, file sharing, directories, forums, etc.).

The .WS namespace  also has excellent name availability in comparison to .COM and can be used as both a complement and traffic driver to your primary extension.

.CO Landrush

In addition to the above, Webnames.ca is excited to be among a handful or registrars offering .CO for Landrush Registration.

Landrush is always the best time to secure a premium domain name. It is the first phase whereby a person can obtain a domain name that is not trademarked. Most premium and generic domains are allocated during the Landrush registration period. .

Landrush also allows for registration of names or names that may be in demand by multiple parties.

Webnames.ca’s .CO Landrush price is $275.00 US – the lowest Landrush price available (compare to $299 at GoDaddy). It includes both your Landrush fees and first year of registration. There is very little risk in applying, only a $10 non-refundable application fee if you do not win your .CO name.

Learn more about the Landrush application process for .CO here.

Why Register .CO?

.CO is meaningful, flexible and available!

.CO can represent a company, corporation, or other commercially focused endeavor.

.CO is a great fit for communities, cooperatives, coalitions, collaborative ventures, content sharing and communication platforms.
 

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TRAFFIC Vancouver is Next Week – Preview the Conference Schedule


It is less than one week until the Targeted TRAFFIC Vancouver conference and the full schedule is now available online.

The three day conference kicks off Tuesday, June 8th with opening remarks from Rick Latona at 11:00 am, then it’s straight into panels, networking and breakout sessions.

Webnames.ca CEO Stephen Smith and Director John Demco will be on two of the many panels, along with other well known domain industry and monetization experts.

Here some highlights we are looking forward to:

Tuesday, June 8th

11:15 am. – 12:30 pm – ccTLDs are taking over the world, is North America immune?

In Europe and the rest of the world ccTLDs have emerged as the extension of choice for most countries. In Canada .ca has gained momentum but in the United States .us is still for the most part unknown or misunderstood. Is America ready for .us?

Webnames.ca CEO Stephen Smith will be participating in thispanel discussion alongside Ken Hansen from Neustar and Ron Jackson, Editor of DN Journal.

2:00 – 4:30 pm – Main Event 1: Test Track

First launched at T.R.A.F.F.I.C New York and inspired by ABC’s hit T.V. show Shark Tank, Test Track provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to seasoned investors. This event isn’t to be missed. It’s the most education and intellectually simulating event in the domain business.

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Wednesday, June 9th 2010

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Domain Names, the future or the past?

More than ever we are questioned about the future stability of domain names. Will they be replaced by a technological or media innovation? What is their projected life value as an investment or asset? After developing and monetizing domain names for over fifteen years we have some answers that may surprise you

This panel discussion features the Castello Brothers of CCIN and Victor Pitts of iGoldrush.

1:00 -1:45 PM – Fireside chat with John Demco

Webnames.ca Director and co-Founder John Demco will be hosting this smaller, more informal session. John conceived the .CA country code domain name in 1987 and served as its initial Registrar. He helped establish the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. John is playfully referred to by many as the “Godfather” of .CA and has been recognized by the Prime Minister as a founder and builder of the Canadian Internet (1997).

2:30 – 3:45 – Oh Canada! Panel sponsored by CIRA

This panel will focus on the .ca extension. It will explore .ca growth initiatives by CIRA, recent and interesting cases of .ca development, SEO advantages of .ca and .ca versus .com . The panel will review .ca registration requirements, the .ca drop process and the secondary market.

Panel members for this discussion include Paul Andersen of CIRA and President of EGATE,  Zak Muscovitch of DNAttorney.com, Peter Maxymych, prominent Canadian domainer and President of EMall/DOAC and David Fowler, Marketing Director at CIRA.

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Thursday, June 10th 2010

11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Domain Development: In-house or outsource?

Developing domains into great web properties is easier than ever with technology such as aps, widgets and content feeds. This panel will discuss what kind of domains to develop as well as how and whether or not you should go it alone or outsource.

Panel features Mark Michael of Dev Hub, Mike Smutka of Blue Wire Solutions, Morgan Linton of Domain Investor Television and Kevin Legault from n49 Interactive.
          
1:00 – 2:15 pm – Mastering the resale market

Buying domains is easy but selling the right domain at the right price to the perfect buyer is an art. Our panel will discuss finding a buyer and negotiating a deal

2:15 – 3:30 pm – Advanced parking solutions

New and emerging products and tools make it easier than ever to optimize your parked domains. Our expert panel explores some of the best ways maximize potential revenue.

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We’re really impressed with the variety of the schedule and the incorporation of considerable Canadian content. The organizers of TRAFFIC have done a great job cultivating a conference that with appeal for both Canadian and International audiences.

Tickets are still available, however the time limited early bird price has now expired. Targeted TRAFFIC Vancouver presents a great opportunity to learn about the business of domain investment and monetization in your own backyard. We hope to see you there!
 

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