.ZA Domain Registrations Pass The 1 Million Mark

According to itnewsafrica.com, the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA), the regulator of .ZA, which is the ccTLD for South Africa, says the number of registered .ZA domain names has reached and exceeded 1 million for ths first time this week. .ZA becomes the first country domain in Africa to reach 1 million registrations. The bulk of registrations continue to be in co.za, which accounts for a … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola Puts Smiley Face Emojis Into Web Address Using .WS Domains

  Ad week is reporting that Coca-Cola Puerto Rico that puts smiley-face emojis right in the brand's web addresses. The brand registered URLs for every emoji that conveys happiness. Entering any of these happy icons into a mobile web browser, along with the .ws suffix, leads users to Coca-­Cola Puerto Rico's website. Ad Week goes on to say: Why .ws, which is … [Read more...]

Page Howe Opens Office In Los Angeles To Promote Adoption Of .La Domain Extension

According to a Press Release out today, my fellow Sherpa Page Howe, a "veteran domain name investor and educator, has been tapped to lead the effort to educate and encourage adoption of the .LA domain extension in and around Los Angeles and Southern California. " "Domain names are the real estate of the Internet, and the .LA domain namespace is the exact location for online marketing in Los … [Read more...]

Sweden to auction off 349 previously blocked .SE Domain Names

Sweden to hold an auction of 349 previously blocked .se names. The auction started Monday and will run for the next 12 days. Some of the names include: USA.se, HR.se, cd.se, Jamaica.se and bahamas.se. Swedish Wire reported on the auction: Through a unique auction during the autumn/winter of 2014, .SE will be releasing .se domain names that have never before been possible to register. It’s … [Read more...]

Freenom Operator of 2nd Largest Domain Extension .TK; To Launch .GQ; Yes It Will Be FREE

Freenom which operates the .tk registry  which is the world's 2nd largest domain extension in terms of registration, has partnered with GETESA, the largest telecommunication operator in Equatorial Guinea and a joint venture with Orange, to relaunch the .GQ ccTLD. As with .tk domain names, .GQ domains will be offered for free registration. The Sunrise period for trademark holders and … [Read more...]

Trefis Research Says Verisign & .Com.Net Market Share Is At Risk From ccTLD’s

In an article from Trefis a stock analysis firm on Verisign out today cites ccTLD's not new gTLD's as the biggest threat to Verisign. "For the six months so far into fiscal year 2014, VeriSign reported revenues of approximately $499 million vs. $476 million during a similar period in 2013, indicating a 5% growth in its top line. Comparatively, sales growth from H1’12 to H1’13 was over 10%. The … [Read more...]

Nominet Handles 674 Domain Complaints Down 17%; 55% Result in Domain Transfer

Nominet the company that operates the .co.uk and now the .uk domain name extension (ccTLD)  just released its report for its Dispute Resolution Service in 2013 (DRS). In 2013 Nominet handled 674 complaints down 17% from 2012 although the number of domain names registered increase 2,7% Brands using the DRS in 2013 included Lego, Swarovski, Cash Converters, O2, Virgin, L’Oreal, Coast Fashions, … [Read more...]