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#Domain name history : On September 14, 1995 all free domain registrations ended

September 14, 1995, marks the date that domain name registrations were no longer free. On that date, Network Solutions, under contract to the National Science Foundation, began charging $50 dollars per year per registration of domain names, with a two year minimum. What had happened? In May 1993, the National Science Foundation privatized the domain […]

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Domain history : Thirty years ago, there were less than 200 .COM domains

Symbolics.com, the first .com domain, was registered on March 15, 1985. By December 15, 1987, there were a total of 167 .com domain names registered. In other words, the lack of interest, and the manual approval and registration process, added just 166 .com domains in 33 months. Which were these domains? Here’s an alphabetical list, […]

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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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