End-users : Is your dream domain taken?

If you have a dream domain, the odds of it been taken already, are quite high. Most .com domains that are words existing in a formal English dictionary are long gone, and so are two word .com composites with a positive, brandable meaning. That leaves non-domainers, often known as “end users,” with a difficult task […]

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Domain drainage : Best use for an .IT domain name?

Ah, bella Italia. While Mike Berkens is currently visiting the Italian peninsula, we’re stuck dealing with Italy’s ccTLD, dot .IT, instead. The Italian national ccTLD was allocated in 1987, and it’s been used primarily by Italians, and very proudly so. As the ccTLD is also an English word, there are plenty of opportunities for forming […]

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Government of Venezuela seizes all non-ccTLD domains

As of this morning, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is seizing all domain names that don’t end in the country’s ccTLD, dot .VE. Juan Ramon Chingalo, manager of the IT Servicios Publicos de Venezuela, stated (translated from Spanish) : “The Venezuelan government wishes to end the capitalist oppression by America and other […]

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No, you cannot register *Tru.MP domains, says the .MP Registry

The Northern Mariana islands in the Pacific are in a loose commonwealth relationship with the US. If you cannot find them on the map, look harder; the Japanese launched their attack against Guam from there, in 1941. These days, less than 60,000 people live on the Northern Marianas, and their online presence is affirmed by […]

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Albania : Dot .AL ccTLD domains exceed 20,000 registrations

Albania, one of the smallest nations in Europe in terms of population, has crossed a domain name milestone. As a country of 2.8 million (2016 estimate) it has a small Internet community, and naturally, domain registration use. The Albanian ccTLD, dot .AL, was allocated on April 21, 1992. Domain registrations, however, began much later. As […]

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DENIC : Germany and .DE domains celebrate 30 years on the Internet

Germany celebrated its 30th anniversary on the Internet. It was the 10th country to secure its national ccTLD. On November 5, 1986, the country code .DE (ccTLD) became registered with the IANA, enabling the beginning of the Internet in Germany (Deutschland.) DENIC, current managers of the .DE ccTLD, did not assume control right away. According […]

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Domain investor’s ingenious trick to register .CA domains

If you’re not a Canadian, forget about registering a .CA domain, eh. Hundreds of domain investors to the north of America’s borders enjoy the privilege of getting hold of the .CA extension, whenever they want. Some of the biggest domain sales reported by DNJournal in 2016, have been in the .CA extension; the lucrative ccTLD […]

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ORG vs The Pirate Bay : Copyright Alliance calls the PIR Registry “hypocritical”

The Pirate Bay, a long term host of torrent links to content that, for the most part, violates many a copyright, has returned to its domain roots. After a journey that took the pirate organization’s domain through a series of ccTLD domains, including dot .SE, it’s back to .ORG. ThePirateBay.org is the current, active home […]

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30 years on the Internet : The Dutch ccTLD .NL

Today’s the 30th anniversary of dot .NL, the national ccTLD of The Netherlands. The Dutch ccTLD went live on April 25th, 1986. Piet Beertema, of Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica (CWI) registered the first Dutch domain, CWI.nl. You can find more information about the anniversary of dot .NL in a CWI article. Which other country ccTLDs […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1990’s

Last week we shared the country ccTLDs that were allocated in the 1980’s, the pre-commercial days of the Internet. As the use of the Internet expanded beyond the academic cycles, more countries around the world jumped in, claiming their national two-letter domain. In the 1990’s, the list of countries staking their “domain flags” into the […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1980’s

With dot .com celebrating its 31st anniversary with Symbolics.com yesterday, it’s about time to dig into the domain name history overall. The first ccTLD domains were allocated in the 1980’s and one of them predated the registration date of .com. Dot .US was the first country TLD ever to be allocated, on February 15th, 1985. […]

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Cayman Islands opens up .KY domains with the help of Uniregistry

As of yesterday, anyone can register a Cayman Islands domain name ending in .KY. September 2nd marks the beginning of a new era for the .ky ccTLD, aspiring to become a magnet to businesses already local, or those aspiring to become part of the Cayman Islands’ folklore. The dot .ky ccTLD is now available the […]

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