PIR Lists Four Reasons Why to Register a .NGO

Public Interest Registry (PIR) the operator of the .org extension is out with a list of reasons to register a .ngo/ong new gtld.

In May 2012, Public Interest Registry formally submitted its applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the .ngo and .ong domain extensions as part of the organisation’s global Internet expansion initiative. Along with .ngo/.ong, Public Interest Registry also applied for the creation and management of four internationalized domain names (IDNs) recognized as “organisation,” “org” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts. The four applications include: one in Devenagari (Hindi script), .संगठन; one in Russian Cyrillic, .орг; and two in simplified Chinese, .机构 and .组织机构.

The four reasons that PIR lists are:


Establish Trust


Global Reach

Honestly I thought .org already had these four qualities and that was the reason why over 10 million .org domains were registered. Of course there is not a strict policy on .org and there are commercial, for profit ventures running on a .org. The .org extension also has another characteristic of .com in that many of the top keywords are parked pages, names including: Hosting.org,Cloud.org, Videos.org,Games.org and Sex.org which was actually regged almost a year before Sex.com.

.NGO/ONG will be different than .org when it comes to who can register, from their FAQ:

NGO|.ONG will work exactly the same as .ORG does today, with one important exception: .ORG is an open domain where anyone can register – individuals, not-for-profits, corporations – to engage and promote communities. .NGO will be a closed top-level domain intended to serve only the non- governmental organization (NGO) community. It will be an exclusive domain extension for NGOs looking for immediate recognition online and broader opportunities for public engagement, funding, and partnerships. Organizations that are non-governmental, non-commercial and non-criminal qualify to get a .NGO domain, and there will be a validation process associated with registration to ensure that prospect applicants qualify.

.Org Adds 206K Registrations; Up 2.6% in 2013; 85% Of Registrants Renew For 3 Years Or More


PIR, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG Top Level domain name extension, today released the results of its bi-annual domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the increased growth of .ORG throughout 2013.

The report reveals that 206,542 new .ORG domains were registered from January to December 2013, bringing the total number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) to more than 10,346,000 globally.

Other findings outlined in “The Dashboard” include the following:
· The number of .ORG domains under registration (DUM) grew by 2.6 percent in 2013.

· When it comes to renewal, 85 percent of .ORG registrants renew their domains for at least three years or more.

· The organisational make-up of the global .ORG community remains diverse with the majority of registrants (20 percent) representing wiki and open source-related causes.
· Charities, schools, and recreational clubs and groups are all equally represented at 8%, respectively.

“The Dashboard” also highlights notable growth outside of North America, with nearly 40% of .ORG registrations stemming from overseas. For example, as Asia continues to be a core growth region for .ORG, China, Japan and India are all represented in the top 10 countries for .ORG registrations, and together comprise approximately 6% of the total .ORG market share.

India alone has increased its .ORG registration market share by 50% between 2012 and 2013 and now boasts more than 159,700 .ORG domains.

The United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, and France remain the top five international markets for .ORG registrants by country outside of the U.S. overall.

Within “The Dashboard,” Public Interest Registry offers insight into its vision and preparations for the 2014 public unveiling of the .NGO and .ONG domains – in addition to four other internationalized domain names (IDNs) that translate into “organisation,” “org” or “structured organisation” in Devanagari, Russian Cyrillic and Chinese-simplified scripts. Public Interest Registry’s applications to create and manage the .NGO|.ONG domains and the new native IDNs were approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2013.

For more information on “The Dashboard” or to download a copy, please visit http://pir.org/news.

.ORG Launches Website Makeover Contest

Public Interest Registry, the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain, today announced the launch of its . as part of an ongoing effort to empower nonprofit organizations and groups to effectively advance their causes online.

Today through November 8, Public Interest Registry is accepting nominations from leaders and representatives of organizations and nonprofits for a chance to win a newly designed .ORG website from OmniStudio, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specialized in web design and consulting for nonprofit and advocacy groups.

Authorized representatives of any organization – from nonprofits and community groups to corporate foundations and arts and culture venues – are eligible to participate during the open nomination period and share how a newly designed website will help further its mission. A panel of judges will then select up to 10 contest finalists who will advance to the two-week open voting period beginning November 25 where members, supporters and the general public can vote for their favorite organization.

The winning organization will be given the opportunity to work with OmniStudio as the firm designs and develops a new .ORG website. OmniStudio has teamed with Public Interest Registry for the contest as a part of its annual ReachOut Project. Now in its fifth year, OmniStudio ReachOut 2014 aims to help charities and nonprofits revitalize their visual branding to better attract donations, volunteer participation and media attention.

The .ORG Website Makeover Contest will give a deserving organization the means to further communicate their mission. We’re delighted to be working alongside Public Interest Registry on this contest to help give back to organizations that are committed to the greater good.”

To enter, interested organizational representatives are encouraged to submit a nomination form online and official contest rules please visit www.pir.org/org-website-makeover-contest.



Killer Domain Tv.Org Dropping Tomorrow; BSF.com In Auction Already

A couple of Dropping domains worth noting.

A truly great domain name is on the drop list for tomorrow, Tv.Org

The domain was owned by TSL of Panama which seemed to have acquired the domain in 2009.

The original registrant of the domain seems to be the late Igal Lichtman who owned the domain back in 2004 then it went under privacy until 2007 where is showed  NetrinoUK Limited  of London as the Registrant.

The domain went back under privacy until 2009 when the domain transferred to  Brooke Viner of Queensland Australia and shortly there after the registrant changed to TSL of Panama

From  2007 the domain showed a page advertising “Unlimited TV Show Downloads ” which of course in today’s world would be a huge copyright liability issue.

The domain name BSF.com dropped and is a closed SnapNames.com auction.

With a little over 2 days to go bidding on BSF.com is at $14,000.

So what do you think Tv.Org will fetch at the drop auction.

You can make your picks here and we are opening the poll on the right.






.Org Registrations up 13.6% in 1st Half of 2013 to 10.3 Million

LogoPublic Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .ORG domain – today released the results of its bi-annual  domain name report, “The Dashboard,” detailing the international and domestic growth of .ORG from January to July 2013.

Specifically, the report revealed that new .ORG registrations increased by 13.6 percent in the first half of 2013.

Other findings from “The Dashboard” include:

  • .ORG has reached 10.3 million domains under management (DUM) representing a net gain of 206,170 new DUM for the first half of 2013, which is an average of 34,361 new DUM per month for a 2% increase.
  • Strong growth in key international markets— specifically in India, who jumped into the top 10 market for .ORG for the first time.
  • .ORG DUM has increased by 86.8 percent since 2007.
  • Public Interest Registry has passed ICANN’s initial evaluation for management of six new gTLD’s  including .NGO, .ONG and four internationalized domain names (IDNs)

Additionally, over the past year, Public Interest Registry conducted a comprehensive international research study on the overall awareness of the .ORG and .NGO/.ONG top-level domains.

This study was conducted in key markets including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Brazil and India.

The research found that in India, .ORG has surged as a Top Level Domain in the past four years with domains under management jumping from just 91,000 to nearly 150,000, a 60% increase.