Why buy a .uk domain?

This will probably be my shortest post yet, as it needs no major explanation. These are the reasons why I think people and businesses in the UK should buy a .uk domain. 1. To protect your business brand from competitors that would register it first.

2. Short domain names are better - cooler branding. fred.uk is more appealing than fred.co.uk

3. Shorter domains are less likely to be mistyped.

Any unique ‘example.uk’ domain name (e.g. one that does not have an equivalent name already registered as a .co.uk or a .org.uk) will be available on a first come, first served basis from launch.
Check who has rights to a .uk domain here... http://www.dotuklaunch.uk/im-existing-customer

If you haven't already, grab your new .uk domain now!

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ICANN: Pre-registration of new gTLDs not possible

Domain owners are being advised against pre-registering for new domain names on the new gTLD program this year, as under ICANN rules, this is not actually allowed before the domains are released. Numerous sites have popped up recently offering businesses and individuals the opportunity to pre-register top level domain names which will soon become available under ICANN’s new gTLD program.

According to ICANN:

“ICANN does not accept reservations or pre-registrations of new gTLDs. ICANN also does not endorse any third parties to do so.”

This means that third-party companies are unable to guarantee that the domain will be available to you, even if you pay a fee. It is not possible to pre-register your brand name and whilst many websites claim that this is possible, you may find yourself disappointed if you attempt to do so.

What is the new gTLD program?

It’s an initiative that enables the introduction of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) such as .app, .web, .music, .brand and so on into the domain name space.

The new program is being introduced to promote competition within the industry, as well as ensure the security and stability of the internet as a whole. This will also allow for more consumer choice when it comes to registry service providers, affording companies, governments and communities the opportunity to operate a TLD registry of their choosing.

This is not the same as registering a domain name, which are generally second or third level domains. For example, “in a URL such as maps.google.com, "google" is a second-level name and "maps" is a third-level domain”. The application for a gTLD is more complex than registering a brand domain name and involves the operator of the gTLD to essentially run a piece of “visible internet infrastructure.”

Applications for registering a new gTLD closed some time ago and it’s now become apparent that many sites are claiming they can register a second or third level domain before the gTLD has been released.

How about my trademark or brand name?

It’s not possible to reserve or pre-register your trademark or brand with ICANN and therefore anyone else. However, for the protection of intellectual property under the new program you should see ICANN’s section 5.4.1 of the Applicant Guidebook for details.

So, that website you’ve seen claiming to enable you to “protect your brand name” or “reserve your gTLD now” are completely unable to guarantee that they are able to carry this out for you.

This means that the sites are misleading at best, or a complete scam at worst, and you should take special care when the sites claim to be able to do this for a fee. It bears repeating, ICANN allow no pre-registration of gTLDs.

What can I do to ensure my domain is available?

For the upcoming TDL releases, there are a number of online services that offer the opportunity for you to track a specific domain name using a “watchlist”. All that’s required is that you input the top level domain to track (such as .london) in order to receive regular updates on registration timelines.

Intrahost will be accepting orders for the new domains as soon as they become available and advise against pre-registration. In the meantime, you can order any existing domains from us.

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Another chance to get a free .com domain name

How about a  .com domain registration, free of charge, from Intrahost!

We are renewing our offer of a free .com domain name with every 12 month web hosting package, until the 31st December 2012. You can even choose the operating system on your web hosting server - Windows or Linux - and you also get to choose the control panel that you use to maintain the web host account - cPanel or Plesk.

Remember you can host an UNLIMITED number of domain names on a single Intrahost web hosting account.

(You DON'T have to change registrar on existing domains to host them on your Intrahost web hosting account - simply go to your domain's account at your existing domain name registrar and alter the DNS record to point at the IP address that we give you when you open your Intrahost web hosting account).

The free .com offer is available on ANY Intrahost web hosting package, and we include all services normally associated with a domain registration service such as DNS management & name server control via a control panel.

Our web hosting packages start from the equivalent of a highly competitive £4.54 per month.

Want a free .com domain?

Get a .com domain registration completely free of charge from Intrahost! In a UK first, Intrahost is offering a free .com domain name with every 12 month web hosting package!

You can even choose the operating system on your web hosting server - Windows or Linux - and you also get to choose the control panel that you use to maintain the web host account - cPanel or Plesk.

Remember you can host an UNLIMITED number of domain names on a single Intrahost web hosting account.

(You DON'T have to change registrar on existing domains to host them on your Intrahost web hosting account - simply go to your domain's account at your existing domain name registrar and alter the DNS record to point at the IP address that we give you when you open your Intrahost web hosting account).

This free .com offer is available on ANY Intrahost web hosting package, and naturally we include all services normally associated with a domain registration service such as DNS management & name server control via a control panel.

Our web hosting packages start from the equivalent of a highly competitive £4.95 per month - £59.40 per annum.

Oh, and the offer includes renewal of the domain name when you renew your hosting package for a year.

Time to grab your slice of the web today!

Domain selections

When considering your next domain purchase, especially for your company or a client you may need to consider more than the usual .com route, particularly if your intended audience is in Europe. British companies register .co.uk domains as an unthinking response to the need for a home for the corporate website.

If they do need to address customers in other countries there is a tendency to put up a country-specific web page on the .co.uk or .com website. This is also very common with large US companies.

But just how aware are consumers or clients in other Europe countries of the CCTLD of other countries, e.g. the United Kingdom, France; or even other TLD's such as .net, .org, .info or .biz?

It has long be a view that .net and .org domains are at least in the same ballpark as .com domains. In the UK it is universally accepted that .co.uk is the strong domain to go for, irrespective of where one's customers are located.

However, a study just released has brought much of this accepted wisdom into question. Even the almighty .com domain may have feet of clay with regards to some markets in Europe and its position is weakening not strengthening. The time is fast approaching when businesses need to be thinking about expanding their domain portfolio where they have clients outside their own geographic borders.

It is quite ironic when one thinks that the Internet is perceived to cross physical borders and boundaries and yet this study reveals that many Internet users are oblivious of domains outside that of their own country. Arrogance? Inexperience? Poor marketing? Whatever the reason, the report by EURid provides a great deal for marketers to consider about where they are investing their budget for domains and websites.

EURid administer the .eu domain name but before they are accused of bias against other domains such as .com or .net you need to know that their own TLD, .eu did not come out of the study in the best possible light.

New .co domain available from Intrahost

Intrahost provides a full range of international domains, now including the valuable new .co domain. The .co CCTLD has only been available for general registration since July 20, 2010 so there are plenty of great names still available.

Although the .co is the CCTLD (country code top level domain) for the South American Republic of Colombia it has a much wider appeal for domain investors and everyday users.

Although .com is the widely accepted world-wide commercial TLD, it is very expensive to acquire a meaningful domain as the .com domain is subject to heavy speculative forces. The best names have long gone and often ridiculous prices are being asked for very average .com domain names.

So, the .co domain has been welcomed as a useful alternative to the .com domain by newer commercial entities whose relevant .com domain has been snapped up by a squatter years before.

The .co domain will become a new de facto commercial domain - when people see .co they will think "company" or "commercial" not "Colombia".

The .co domain can be registered by any individual or entity in the world.

There are no residency or domiciliary restrictions on .co domain ownership, (unlike .ie and .fr CCTLD), making it ideal as the .com alternative.

Those considering buying .co domains as an investment will be pleased to know that the .co domains are easily transferable to purchasers.

So why not use Intrahost's domain name research tool to check availability of .co names now? Click this link - domain name search tool.

Grab your piece of the .co domain landrush today.

Domain name sells for US$1.1 million

Domain marketplace site Sedo.com has announced that the domain name call.com domain has sold for for US$1.1 million The price of call.com is the fifth highest of 2009. The other top sales of 2009 are

  1. toys.com $5.1 million
  2. candy.com $3 million
  3. fly.com $1.76 million
  4. auction.com $1.7 million.

Sedo issue a quarterly report on domains sales and their last report indicated that .com domains continue to domain the sales in the aftermarket with 75% of all gTLDs sold.

The average price of the .com domains has also risen by £475 in the last quarter, although the average price is obviously helped by these headline premium sales.

You can register your own .com domain name with Intrahost - just follow the link - of course, if you take out web hosting with Intrahost we'll give you a .com name FREE!

World's oldest domain name sold

Symbolics.com, the world's first registered domain name had been sold by it's original owners to XF.com Investments. Computer manufacturer Symbolics registered the domain name in March 1985, some ten years before most people had even heard of the Internet.

Symbolics.com will reach its 25th anniversary on March 10th, 2010

No fee has been disclosed for the purchase.

ICANN closes down three US domain name registrars

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has revoked the accreditation of 3 domain name registrars for various offences. South American Domains, Simply Named and Tahoe Domains are all based in the US and host 296, 298 and 231 top level domains respectively.

Under ICANN rules, the domains controlled by the three domain name registrars will be available for transfer to reliable third-party domain name registrars such as ourselves, Intrahost Ltd.

As with all things in business, this serves as a warning to do some due diligence on firms with which you have dealings on the Internet.

Don't be fooled by size either, last month Network Solutions, one of the biggest names in domain names and hosting admitted its ecommerce servers had been hacked. Only last year EstDomains was shutdown, by ICANN revoking their accreditation, and 281,000 domain names had to find new registrars.

Free .com domain name

Get a .com domain registration completely free of charge from Intrahost! In a UK first, Intrahost are offering a free .com domain name with every 12 month web hosting package.

You can even choose the operating system on your web hosting server - Windows or Linux - and you also get to choose the control panel that you use to maintain the web host account - cPanel or Plesk.

Remember you can host an UNLIMITED number of domain names on a single Intrahost web hosting account.

(You DON'T have to change registrar on existing domains to host them on your Intrahost web hosting account - simply go to your domain's account at your existing domain name registrar and alter the DNS record to point at the IP address that we give you when you open your Intrahost web hosting account).

This free .com offer is available on ANY Intrahost web hosting package, and naturally we include all services normally associated with a domain registration service such as DNS management & name server control via a control panel.

Our web hosting packages start from the equivalent of a highly competitive £4.95 per month - £59.40 per annum.

Domain names market flourishing - are you ready for domaining?

According to Sedo, the Internet domain name auction company, the average domain name sale price has increased from £1,282 to £1,757 in just twelve months. Nora Nanayakkara, director of Business Development at Sedo, is quoted in the UK's Daily Telegraph saying,

"With the credit crunch many customers are looking to save money and are turning to the internet and price comparison sites. Buy buying up domain names – especially catchy names – companies are trying to garner the audience online that they have lost on the high street."

"Domain names have fared very well, compared with asset classes, especially property. They are a good investment for some people."

The cost of registering a domain name through Intrahost is merely £7.99, but Sedo specialise in the domain name "aftermarket" where existing domain names are bought, sold and auctioned.

The value of these domain names to businesses and investors (a practice known as domaining) depends on many, many factors, from the age of the domain, the number of letters in the domain, the TLD, right through to the sound, or visual appeal of the domain name (think, Bing, Google and Zing!)

Domains may have value because of a celebrity sharing the name (often called cybersquatting) or because of breaking news - within a couple of days of the death of Michael Jackson over 3400 domain names featuring the words "Michael" or "Jackson" were registered. Many would be by fans looking to create a tribute website but many would also be looking for domain names which may cash in on the singer's celebrity and early death.

Not all websites will be valued at over £100 let alone £1757 but if you do your homework and read around the topic of domaining money can still be made. The most valuable and competitive market is in the .com domain names, with over 85,000,000 registered.

The obvious, single-word .com domain names have long since been registered and now command top dollar prices, especially if commerce-related. The average value of domains sold are boosted by these occasional one-off sales such as candy.com ($3,000,000) and toys.com (5,100,000) which both occurred in the last year.

I will be bringing you an article featuring some of the top websites for getting inspiration for domain names next week but even without those you can still use your imagination and some simple rules to come up with ideas.

You can order your domain name with Intrahost; don't worry you don't have to create a website just because you bought a domain name as an investment (though it may enhance its value if you did). If you buy a domain name through Intrahost it will host a standard web page showing that your domain name is registered with them

Ready to give domaining (investment) a go?

Here are some basic rules: choose .com as a preference, then .org and then .net; keep it as short as poss (all two, three, and four-letter domains have gone), try to avoid hyphens and numbers. Search for your domain name here.

Don't worry if you can't fulfill all the above rules, I was offered £850 for a .co.uk domain name with three numbers in it. The value of a domain name, like the value of any commodity, is the price that someone else is willing to pay for it.

If you want a domain name for your business rather than investment and it is aimed at UK customers then choose .co.uk names as a preference. Remember you can own more than one domain name for your business and alter the records to have them all point to the same website.