What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is defined by Wikipedia as:

a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.”

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Summer Domain Sale: $4.99 .BIZ Domain Names

The summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to register your business name online! Webnames.ca is having a domain sale on .BIZ domain names!

Why .BIZ?

Get the domain name you want – With the popularity of .COM, it can be difficult to get the exact name that you want. .BIZ offers more opportunities to get a unique domain name that will really work for your business. You can finally register that domain name you’ve always wanted like VancouverCraftBeer.BIZ or CanadianEntrepreneurs.BIZ.

Differentiate yourself – If you’re starting a new business, let people know about you with a .BIZ domain name, it sets you apart from the Internet’s vast crowd of .COMs. Do you have a new specialty bacon restaurant or maybe you just love bacon? Consider getting TimeForBacon.BIZ, it’s unique, available and makes your business more memorable! Plus, it’s a catchy name too.   

Protect your brand – If you already have a .COM or another domain extension, registering a .BIZ domain name is still a good idea. Protecting your name across varied extensions means that others can’t infringe on your name and take away business from your brand. Ensure that your customers never get lost by forwarding your .BIZ domain to your main website, for maximum exposure.

Internationalized Domain Names – Communicate with customers and website visitors in their own language. Protect and enhance your brand in multiple languages globally. Poutiné.BIZ anyone?

Register your .BIZ domain name and make sure to enter WNBIZSALE in the shopping cart!

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Internet Security Tips from Webnames.ca Support Team

The Internet is an integral part of our society, and continues to be a great research tool that can be accessible anywhere around the world. Since the internet is accessible to anyone, it presents potential risks that “hackers” can exploit.

Here are a few internet safety tips directly from our customer support team member, Sean Lavasani about how to keep yourself secure online.

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.INCorporate Your Business Online

The arrival of the new .INC domain extension may (or may not) be imminent, the ability to create a name that stands out among the millions of other domains out there certainly sounds appealing. While this news is good news for large businesses, this is even better for small businesses. A domain under the new .INC extension can create an added level of professionalism and it also brings a certain appeal to your name.
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.INC is going to be great for small businesses, because of how people associate that acronym with large companies. As a small business, having a .INC domain name can bring a certain panache to your business and gain consumer confidence and support.

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Apply to become a member of CIRA’s Board of Directors

Starting on May 8, The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA’s) Nomination Committee will be accepting applications for the Nomination Committee slate for the 2013 Board of Directors Election.
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What is the role of CIRA’s Board?
The Board of Directors has a unique role to play in setting policy and strategy to help CIRA continue to be a leading-edge organization that strives for excellence as a registry and supports Canadians in building their presence in the global digital economy.

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New gTLD’s Highlight: Get your .COMPANY recognized online!

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (gTLDs) like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc., and we’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers!

This week, we are featuring the .COMPANY gTLD! With this gTLD, everyone online will know that your website represents either an online or a brick-and-mortar company. The .COMPANY gTLD will be a major asset for companies all over the globe because it clearly identifies businesses to clients and visitors. Interestingly enough, only a single applicant has applied to operate the .COMPANY gTLD string.

The applicant, Donuts Inc., has stated that the .COMPANY will be a gTLD open to the public. It remains to be seen whether or not companies will jump at the opportunity to resonate with their brand better through the gTLD.  

The .COMPANY gTLD string will be a major asset for companies all over the globe because it helps to increase their website’s credibility and it provides both their clients and customers an added measure of security.

Benefits of .COMPANY domain names:

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New gTLD Highlight: Secure online bookings at .HOTEL!

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (gTLDs) like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc., and we’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers!

This week, we are featuring the .HOTEL gTLD! Not only will specific hotels be able to represent the various offerings of their brand, but cities will be able to promote tourism with online hotel communities.

Tourism is an integral supporter of economies worldwide, and giving this industry an identifiable place on the internet will have a positive effect on the online presence of hotels and tourism.

While searching the hotel and accommodation industry online, .HOTEL will provide customers with the security of knowing that only trusted corporations will be in ownership of the .HOTEL domain name.

Benefits of .HOTEL domain names:

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New gTLD Highlight: .COMPUTER – Why you should pre-register!

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc.) and we’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers!

These new extensions are a huge opportunity for businesses and individuals. Think of the possibilities! You can be creative (YourNameAt.home), you can be industry minded (HotelName.hotel) and you can start protecting your brand names (YourBrand.inc or YourBrand.tech).

This week, we are looking at .COMPUTER, the extension’s potential uses and how it can benefit registrants for that specific domain space.

The .COMPUTER gTLD string will give all entities that are related to computers a venue where they can communicate and exchange information with each other. Furthermore, it can provide Internet users an area on the Internet where all computer needs can be met.  

Benefits of a .COMPUTER domain name:

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Domain Name News – March 4, 2013

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ICANN Publishes New gTLD Program Contention Sets – ICANN has completed the contention sets for the New gTLD Program. A contention set is a group of two or more gTLD applications containing identical or visually similar gTLD strings. In addition to 230 exact match contention sets, ICANN has published two non-exact match contention sets in ASCII: .hotels and .hoteis, and .unicorn and .unicom. It has also identified two IDN contention sets: 盛贸饭店 and 盛貿飯店, and 点看 and 點看.

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The Canadian Internet Forum (CIF)

Let your voice be heard at the Canadian Internet Forum (CIF) hosted by CIRA on February 28, 2013 at the Ottawa Convention Centre, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The CIF brings together both local and international Internet experts and professionals to discuss important topics and issues that shape the Canadian Internet landscape today. This is especially important with the up-coming launch of new gTLDs which have the potential to change and expand the entire Internet domain as we know it. The forum will also include panels and sessions where participants can
discuss and debate on topics such as Internet governance and digital literacy.

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Webnames.ca in the news: A new internet era: How gTLDs like .blog and .sex will work

Webnames.ca President and Co-founder, Cybele Negris was featured on the new WestEnder in Vancouver, and she talks with Kelsey Klassen about new gTLDs and how they will revolutionize the Internet domain.

The launch of the new gTLDs will be the biggest domain name landrush in the history of the Internet. As the launch date of gTLDs come closer, it is important to know what opportunities the landrush will represent and how the gTLDs can potentially drive traffic towards businesses. In a world where search engine optimization (SEO) is king, the importance of securing an appropriate domain increases significantly.

To reserve a new gTLD domain name, visit our pre-registration page at www.webnames.ca/pre-registration

The full “A new internet era: How gTLDs like .blog and .sex will work” article is available at: www.wevancouver.com/news/187160411

To view past news about Webnames.ca and Cybele Negris, visit our media page at: www.webnames.ca/about/media

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Help Shape .CA and Canada Online – Join CIRA’s Nomination Commitee!

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) Board of Directors is seeking individuals from across Canada to apply to fill five open positions on its Nomination Committee. Canadians with committee experience and/or an interest in technology or the Internet are encouraged to apply.

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