Archive for June, 2010

ICANN 38 Roundup
by Ben Gabler on June 25th, 2010

The 38th International ICANN conference closed today – you can check out Rod & Peters’ closing statement below:

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to hop on the train to Brussels & attend in person. Here are my headlines:

The .xxx domain extension has finally received approval from ICANN board. The domain extension for adult content was initially rejected by ICANN and personally I think they’ve been caught out by their own appeals procedure so had little choice to pass approval. They have put some caveats into this approval so they may yet find an excuse to cancel it. Read the full story at the BBC

This week .org became the first registry to deploy DNSSEC at the root level. DNSSEC (domain name system security extensions) adds a layer of security to the DNS protocol, protecting Internet resolvers from forged DNS data. You can find out more about DNSSEC here.

Law Enforcement
This conference saw some really interesting moves and coordinated lobbying from a smorgasbord of Law Enforcement agencies from around the world. Interesting fact the UK’s Serious Crime Squad: in the UK you are more likely to be a victim of cybercrime than conventional crime.

New gTLDs
There was lots more discussion of about new gTLDs and what they’re going to do to the Internet. If you don’t know about gTLDs, ICANN are proposing allowing new global top level domains names. So for example could decide to become just .bmw.

If you’re thinking of applying beware; applications cost around $250K and are non-refundable!

& finally here’s a picture of Rod Beckstrom (ICANN President) & Peter DT (ICANN Chairman) getting grilled by the registrars! :)

Rod and Peter at the ICANN Registrar Constituency Meeting

Verisign Domains Promotion
by Ben Gabler on June 15th, 2010

Back in May I announced that Verisign the registry for .com and .net domains would be increasing its prices on the 1st July 2010.

There has never been a better time to renew or transfer your domains

You can avoid this increase by renewing or transferring your domains before June 30th, and to help do this have for one-time only dropped the price of all .com and .net renewals and transfers.

Transfer Prices

Current Prices Promo July 1st, 2010
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 1 Tier 2
.com $7.79 $7.25 $7.39 $7.04 $8.27 $7.73
.net $7.49 $6.49 $7.09 $6.09 $7.91 $6.67

Renewal Prices

Current Prices Promo July 1st, 2010
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 1 Tier 2
.com $7.79 $7.25 $7.59 $7.14 $8.27 $7.73
.net $7.49 $6.49 $7.29 $6.29 $7.91 $6.67

This offer is available for an extremely limited period and will expire on June 30th. So don’t miss out on opportunity to renew early or consolidate your domain names with

Tom Survey
by Ben Gabler on June 4th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who took part in the customer survey – the online poll and prize draw is now closed. We had over 900 entries & I’ll be announcing the winner of the iPad in the comments shortly!

Every submission was read and you provided some really great feedback. Good and bad, your experiences are really useful to us, so thanks once again.

We received lots of good suggestions for the new control panel & we’ll try to incorporate as many as possible into the relaunch of Here’s a taster of what you’d like to see: