domain names

  • .me — 10 years and two percent of exports Crunch Network

    .me — 10 years and two percent of exports

    Ten years ago, Montenegro became an independent country, separating from Serbia by a narrow margin of less than 1 percent of required votes in an independent referendum. This new independence meant many changes for a country that’s roughly the size of Connecticut. One of those important changes was something few expected: the country’s new domain name extension. Read More

  • The silent evolution of domain names Crunch Network

    The silent evolution of domain names

    The internet has come a long way since the first domain name was registered in 1985. Even longer when you consider it was only 1994 when a WIRED writer contacted McDonald’s to see if they were interested in registering mcdonalds.com, and, well, got nowhere. Indeed, the state of the domain-name industry has vastly changed. Read More

  • How new domains are building better brands Crunch Network

    How new domains are building better brands

    New domain extensions have accumulated some pretty big numbers over the last couple of years. Collective registrations for the new GTLDs (generic top-level domains) have now surpassed 13 million, according to NTLD stats. This number is not small by any means. Read More

  • China Is Making Domain Name History Crunch Network

    China Is Making Domain Name History

    Short domains have always been valuable, but if you’re a company today and want to own a short domain name, your price just became a lot higher. And I mean a lot. There is a market unfolding that very few know about, and tens of millions of dollars are trading hands monthly. Over the last two years, China has become the largest buyer of domain names, resulting in what is likely the… Read More

  • .Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

    .Guru, .Bike, .Singles And 4 Other Domains Will Open For Business Tomorrow

    If you are looking for a good domain name, your choices are about to get more interesting. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to register a .bike, .clothing, .guru, .holdings, .plumbing, .singles and .ventures domain name through numerous registrars worldwide. Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) already made four new gTLDs in Arabic, Chinese and… Read More

  • GoDaddy Buys Afternic To Beef Up Its Domain Registry Marketplace

    GoDaddy Buys Afternic To Beef Up Its Domain Registry Marketplace

    GoDaddy has made another acquisition, its fourth in 14 months: it has bought Afternic, a specialist in aftermarket domain sales — that is, reselling domain names that are already owned. Afternic was owned by NameMedia, and GoDaddy says it is also acquiring SmartName, a domain parking service, as well as NameFind, essentially a name generator, from the same group. Read More

  • Google Wants To Operate .Search As A “Dotless” Domain, Plans To Open .Cloud, .Blog And .App To Others

    Google Wants To Operate .Search As A “Dotless” Domain, Plans To Open .Cloud, .Blog And .App To Others

    If it gets it, Google wants to turn .search into a “dotless domain,” the company told ICANN a few days ago. Last year, Google applied to manage the .app, .blog, .cloud and .search generic top-level domain (gTLD) names as part of a major expansion of the domain-name system. ICANN, which is managing this expansion, hasn’t awarded any of the gTLDs yet, and the whole program… Read More

  • Report: More Than 250M Domain Names Have Now Been Registered, Almost Half Are .Com And .Net

    Report: More Than 250M Domain Names Have Now Been Registered, Almost Half Are .Com And .Net

    The total number of registered domain names passed 250 million in the last quarter of 2012, according to Verisign’s latest Domain Name Industry Brief. More than 6 million domain names were registered in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total to 252 million worldwide. The basic .com domains, of course, make up the majority of registered domain names. By the end of December users… Read More

  • Top Domains: Forexpros Buys Investing.com For $2.45M, Launches One-Stop Financial Portal For Everyday Investors

    Top Domains: Forexpros Buys Investing.com For $2.45M, Launches One-Stop Financial Portal For Everyday Investors

    Whether they’re .com, .org, .biz or .awesome, domain names can be significant — and some would likely argue that a memorable, premium domain is worth a pretty penny, maybe even priceless. Picking up a name that’s easy to remember can be a boon for traffic and can add a little brand protection to a company’s arsenal. While big purchases often go unreported, top domain… Read More