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Domain curse: Asian Registry loses entire portfolio on Friday the 13th

The tradition of bad things happening on Friday the 13th continues; a domain registry has lost approximately 185,000 customer domains in a database crash. Domain Registry, Pyon Pong Ta Ming of Kampuchea, announced today that following a complete and irreversible database loss, they are unable to continue serving its customer base. “Vely solly! Domain database […]

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Event: International Conference for ccTLD registries

The 6th International Conference for ccTLD registries and registrars of CIS, Central and Eastern Europe takes place between September 10 and 13, in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. According to the official web site: “The conference aims to engage leading registrars from different ccTLDs into discussions on the Internet issues; as well the conference will focus on […]

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Dot .CO gets thumbs up by Google baron Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts, the illustrious SEO/spam baron of Google, explains in a new video how ccTLDs, when used creatively may or may not receive equal treatment from Google. Cutts mentions that dot .CO – originally a ccTLD for Colombia – is now deemed generic and an alternative to .com. As an opposite example, Cutts quotes that […]

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Question and Answer: Dot .QA sales on Sedo are not allowed

A year ago, we reported the opening of the Qatari ccTLD, .QA to the general public, which was rolled out as a “Question & Answer” vanity namespace. There was a catch, however, and we pointed that out with plenty of emphasis: .QA domains cannot be resold. Some did not listen, and ended up registering dozens […]

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Dot .PT: Long after Spain, Portugal to allow ccTLD registrations

Several years after Spain opened up its national ccTLD, dot .es, to the general public, Portugal – fellow cohabitant nation of the Iberian peninsula – does the same with dot .pt This means that dot .pt will be the newest European ccTLD to open up its keyword availability to everyone! “From May 1st, anyone can […]

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.Qatar now available to the public

The Qatar Domains Registry (QDR) which is managed by ictQatar, has officially made the Qatar-specific Arabic Internet domain names (.Qatar) available to members of the general public through accredited registrars. According to the Qatar Domains Registry: “The introduction of Arabic domain names is a major milestone in making the Internet accessible for all. Businesses and […]

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Qatar opens up the .QA Domain Namespace – But there is a catch!

The country of Qatar opened up the .QA ccTLD to the public yesterday. The unrestricted availability of the .QA domain will be a huge benefit for Qatar businesses, as well as for one of the most active online populations in the Middle East: despite its population of 1.4 million, there are 930,000 Internet users! The […]

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