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10 Reasons Why You Should Register a .EU Domain

What is a .EU domain?

.EU domain is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of the European Union, one of the largest marketplaces in the world. It is an international organisation that consists of 27 members of European countries, and there is an estimated population of 446 million people living within the European Union. It is specifically created in the year 1999 to help the people and businesses within Europe to build a powerful and trusted identity in the vast Internet landscape. As the latest Q2 2020 report shows, .EU sees a total number of 3.6 million registrations, which is a remarkable achievement!

Who can register .EU domain?

A .EU domain can only be registered by the residents of the European Union, businesses that have a registered office in it, as well as businesses which are established in the European Union. To get more details, visit our .EU FAQ page.

 

Why register a .EU domain?

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  1. It is recognised as a European passport to the Internet

Registering a .EU domain is equivalent to securing a digital European identity on the Internet. People or businesses who have a .EU domain is projecting a strong message that they are from the European Union, highlighting their credibility and trustworthiness, which increase users’ confidence. It also helps to secure a pan-European Internet identity for their online presence.

  1. It is available in all 24 official EU languages

.EU domain supports all 24 official EU languages. The European Union has many languages, and the registrant can choose any of the official EU languages to register a .EU domain. They are: Bulgarian, Croation, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish.

 

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  1. It supports Internationalized Domain Names (IDN)

The powerful .EU domain supports IDN, which enables it to support all the official EU languages above. Most of these languages are based mainly on Cyrillic, Greek or Latin characters, and they are all available in the form of IDN, which can be used to register for a .EU domain in any official EU languages.

  1. It is suitable for local, national and international regions

A .EU domain offers high flexibility when it comes to building an online presence in different regions. It can be used in regions of the registrant’s local country, it can be used in regions nationally within the European Union and it can even be used internationally across the world.

 

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  1. It is a powerful gateway to one of the largest markets in the world

A .EU domain is a powerful gateway and opportunity for businesses to unlock the vast potential of the European market. There is a huge market opportunity in Europe, where businesses can expand and grow their operations to bring in more revenue and profit. A business that uses a .EU domain enjoys a higher chance of business success, because Europeans lower their barrier in dealing with the business when they see .EU.

  1. It is reliable, quality-assured and secure

A .EU domain is known to be a highly-reliable and trustworthy domain extension. The registrants of a .EU domain are restricted to people and businesses from the European Union only and their identities have been properly verified. Interacting with websites with .EU domain is safe and secure, and users will have a quality-assured experience in the process.

 

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  1. It establishes a stronger security with DNSSEC

DNSSEC stands for Domain Name System Security Extensions, and it strengthens the security of a website using a .EU domain. It is an Internet security protocol, whereby it reduces the chance that the website’s users are redirected to other ill-intentioned websites. It works by checking responses at each level of the Domain Name System (DNS), through a “chain of trust” mechanism. Read more about DNS here!

  1. It is available with Registry Lock Service to further protect domain name

A website that uses a .EU domain can also opt for Registry Lock Service to enjoy a greater degree of domain name safety. The Registry Lock Service can be applied to prevent accidental changes, deletion or transfer of the domain name. It is most suitable to be used in protecting valuable and premium .EU domain names.

 

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  1. It increases a website’s visibility via the .EU Web Awards

Websites that use a .EU domain name are eligible to participate in the yearly .EU Web Awards. This competition was launched in 2014 and was specifically designed to help website developers to improve their website’s visibility globally. Participants who created websites with .EU domain can take advantage of it to build their reputation and visibility.

  1. .EU domain is EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certified

The EMAS program is an initiative by the European Union to promote environmental consciousness among companies and organisations. It is a premium management tool to help these entities to evaluate, report and improve their environmental footprint. The registry behind .EU is EMAS certified since 2012, which showcases that .EU is credible, transparent and reputed.

Check out our .EU Promotion!

 

Renowned global brands using .EU

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Daikin, Omron, Konica Minolta, Adidas, Chanel, Audi

 

WebNIC offers .EU domain registration service

WebNIC is proud to be an accredited registrar of .EU domain. You can leverage on us to provide .EU domain registration service. With more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service, we ensure a high-quality registration service experience for our partners. Registering a .EU domain is now made easy with WebNIC. We hope this will help you to add value to your customers. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on registering .EU.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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Join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate for Extra Income

WebNIC Marketing Affiliate Program

It is an exciting month for us here at WebNIC, as we put in place a new program for you, our valuable partners! The program is named WebNIC Marketing Affiliate, and it is designed with you in mind to help you add another way of earning extra income. Through this program, we hope to help you accelerate the growth of your business, and also help you to maximize your business’s earning potential. The concept behind it is very simple and straightforward, and there is no difficult technical knowledge required. 

What is it about

What is it about?

WebNIC Marketing Affiliate is a brand new initiative by us to assist you in your business. We aim to help you increase your business income stream by monetizing your website, and to make the most out of your website.
Through this program, we encourage you to make good use of your website space and convert them into an income generating space. Therefore, we have prepared this program to assist you. When you enrol for a campaign, we prepare done-for-you promotion banners, which you can easily set them up on your website spaces that you see fit, and then earn income!

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Who can join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate?

The program is currently opened to all partners of WebNIC only. If you are an existing partner of WebNIC, you can click here to immediately sign up for a Marketing Affiliate account. All you need to do is provide us your info and your WebNIC Reseller ID during the sign up process and once we verify it, your account will be created immediately.

What if you are not an existing partner of WebNIC? Then, you will not have a WebNIC Reseller ID. Without this, you will not be able to complete the account sign up process for this program. However, do not worry because you are most welcomed to sign up as a WebNIC reseller by clicking here. Once you have signed up as a WebNIC reseller and activated your reseller account, you may proceed to create a WebNIC Marketing Affiliate account.

The good news is, we do have plans in place to open WebNIC Marketing Affiliate to all website owners in the future. Do stay tuned for news from us!

Why join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate

Why join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate?

The answer is simple, if you are up to the idea of exploring a new potential source of income for your business, then you must join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate. With this new program in place, you not only earn profit from your domain sales, you can also potentially win our campaigns’ incentive rewards, if you successfully complete the campaigns’ objectives.
If you need more reasons to join, here are a few more of them:

Payout in cash

1. Did we mention that our program offers you the option to choose the campaign incentive payout in cash?

Yes, you saw it right! Our campaign’s incentive payout can be paid to you through PayPal in the form of cash. When you successfully completed any of the campaigns in the program and achieved the objectives, we allow you to choose the incentive payout in the forms of WebNIC reseller credit or cash payment via PayPal. We believe receiving cash is an attractive option, and it is one of the reasons why you should join the program. 

Quick process time

2. We also promise a quick process time for all the campaigns and incentive payouts.

We are committed to providing you a pleasant experience while using our WebNIC Marketing Affiliate system. No one likes to wait, certainly not when it comes to receiving cash. Therefore, we strive to process all campaigns and incentive payouts in a quick and efficient way, so that you can start earning as quickly as possible.

Flexibility

3. We think you will enjoy the flexibility of using our system as well as the many campaigns to choose on it.

We design the program to be as simple as possible to provide you with a high level of flexibility in using it. We also do not impose any limits or restrictions on you in joining the program and using our system. In addition, we prepare many campaigns for you to choose and you can join any number of campaigns, as long as you are eligible.

Easy and convenience

4. We love easy and convenience, and we make sure our program is the same for you to advertise, too.

With just a few clicks, you can get started! Signing up is easy, an easy-to-use campaign dashboard is ready for you, and you can just grab our done-for-you banners and tracking links to use immediately. We prepare everything and all you need to do is put them into your website, social media, email newsletters, videos or blog posts, anywhere you see fit! 

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5. We prepare done-for-you banners to wow your website visitors!

Our campaigns come with many promotional banners and images for you to use for advertising on your websites. The best thing? They are all done-for-you, in all the most popular banner sizes! In addition, we also provide you with the working files, because we understand that sometimes you need to do some customisation. Just download and use them how you see fit.

Join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate now!

Join WebNIC Marketing Affiliate now!

Existing WebNIC reseller? Sign up for a marketing affiliate account here!
Not a WebNIC reseller? Sign up as a reseller here!

Conclusion

We are excited to bring this program to all of you, our valued partners! We want to help you to earn extra income, on top on the domain sales profits you are already earning! Let your website work harder to earn you more income by joining WebNIC Marketing Affiliate. Convert your website space into money and unlock more profits for your business. Your website’s space is more than just a space. If you wish to learn more about this all-new program, click here to learn more!
Do you need more help? Contact us at [email protected]!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected]!

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A brandable domain or a descriptive domain? Which is better?

Brandable domain vs descriptive domain and what are they?

There has been always a great debate over a brandable domain vs a descriptive domain, and which type is the best for a business. This is expected because when one registers a domain name, securing the ideal domain name has always been a challenge. Each type of domain has its merits and there is no right answer to it. It is because a domain name is more than just a string of words. Rather, it is a business’s digital identity and address in the vast Internet landscape.

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A domain is more than just a string of words. It is a business’s online identity!

Gone are the days when people discover your business through word-of-mouth. In fact, people now discover new businesses by searching online, and the domain name plays a huge role in this. It is a crucial part for how people identify a business online.

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Business discovery has moved from word-of-mouth to searching online.

There are two types of domain name, namely a descriptive one and a brandable one.

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Some examples of a descriptive domain name.

Descriptive domain name

A descriptive domain name informs the audience clearly and specifically on what a business does, the services it offers or the type of contents on its website.

Example: tennis.com, digitalmarketer.com, wine.com, runningshoes.com, etc.

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Some of the most famous brandable domains.

Brandable domain name

On the other hand, a brandable domain name does not include any description or keywords to inform the audience exactly what it is about. It is more of a made-up word, a wordplay, or a re-creation of existing words, making it creative and unique, and hence its potential for branding. This type of domain is usually aimed to evoke certain emotions or feelings from the audience on the get-go.

Example: spotify.com, zapier.com, lego.com, airbnb.com, etc.

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Take a look at all the pros and cons of both types of domain name.

The advantages of using a descriptive domain name

One of the advantages of a descriptive domain name is that it is straightforward and direct. This type of domain is usually pretty much self-explanatory, in which the audience can immediately grasp the idea of what the website is going to be about. Website owners need not spend extra time and effort to educate their audience about what their websites are about.

Another advantage of a descriptive domain name is it usually contains keywords. It is keyword-friendly and most people search these keywords to find what they need. Websites using descriptive domain name might enjoy a slight advantage in the search engine ranking results. However, effort is still required on the website owner’s end to improve SEO.

Last but not least, a descriptive domain name is easy to remember for users. It tends to use words that users already know and can easily recall. Users find it easy to comprehend and a lot easier to find you. The domain name could be directly the solution the audience is looking for.

The disadvantages of a descriptive domain name

A descriptive domain name also comes with its disadvantages. One of them is that it is less effective in creating an emotional impact for the audience. Although it is powerful in telling the audience what a company does, but it lacks in building the personality of a brand. It is difficult to build an identity around it, as it does not really tell people anything. Most of the time, it is boring and does not stand out. For example, you are more likely to remember Adidas, rather than athleticshoes.com.

Another disadvantage is that a descriptive domain name might become a limitation for a business in expanding their product range or services. What a business does or sell now does not mean it will be the same five years down the road. Businesses change over time, and a descriptive name that is too descriptive does not help at all. Imagine if Amazon started with booksforsale.com.

In addition, a descriptive domain name does not stand out. The terms and phrases used in it have probably been used by countless other businesses. A business will not be able to differentiate itself if there are many others using the same general terms. For example, there may be many other John’s Bakeries operating at the same time in a country. The audience will find it much more difficult to identify a certain John’s Bakeries, and they might end up in another wrong John’s Bakeries.

Last but not least, a descriptive domain name is harder to trademark, as the words in it are generic and used by many people on a daily basis. These words are not allowed to be trademarked, leaving the identity of a business that is using them vulnerable. Any businesses or anyone can just easily swoop in and take over the identity. Without a trademark, malicious players can also easily impersonate websites that use a descriptive domain name to do harm.

We have talked a lot about a descriptive domain name, now let’s talk about a brandable domain name.

The advantages of using a brandable domain name

One of the advantages of a brandable domain name is that it is unique and memorable, which helps a business to stand out more and set itself apart from the crowd. As mentioned above, it is creative and unique, with potential for branding, because the registrants can use made-up word, clever wordplay, or recreate existing words. The audience tends to remember creative words like these, rather than generic terms and words. For example, people are more likely to recognise Lego, rather than toybricks.com.

Another advantage of a brandable domain name is that it is more powerful in evoking certain emotions in people. It is far more suitable for businesses to build their identity around it, compared to generic terms and phrases in a descriptive domain name. Businesses nowadays are building a relationship with their customers, rather than just describing what they do or what they sell. This is no surprise as it is a new trend now, where a study by Accenture shows that 66% of consumers are attracted to buy from brands that align with their values. Therefore, a brandable domain name is beneficial for companies to share their personality and values to resonate with customers.

In addition, a brandable domain name allows sufficient flexibility for business change. Most businesses do not stay the same forever, and in time they will expand to offer more products or services. In such a situation, a brandable domain name is able to remain relevant and accommodate the changes. For example, John’s Bakeries is only limited to breads, but John’s Delicacy is flexible enough for any food that John is interested in selling as time passes by.

Last but not least, a brandable domain name is much easier to trademark. It is unique and not too generic for trademark registration. A business can protect itself through trademark protection, and reduces the possibility of other parties stealing or impersonating it. No one else gets to use the unique brandable domain of a business. For example, Apple has registered trademarks for the term “apple” for the products it sells, rather than for terms like “computer”, “watch” etc, which impossible to get trademark rights, due to them being too generic.

The disadvantage of a brandable domain name

One of the disadvantages of a brandable domain name is that it requires time and effort to build up the brand. When a business has just started, the audience does not know the brand and cannot relate with it. It needs to invest time and money to raise awareness, such as search engine optimization, online marketing, content marketing, any form of advertising or even public relations. All these require investment to build the identity of the brand.

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Which type of domain name should a business go for?

How to choose between a descriptive and a brandable domain name?

There is no one true answer when it comes to choosing between these two types of domain name. What businesses need to consider are their marketing strategy, target audience and their projected growth direction. Here are some of the questions we think business owners can ask themselves when deciding between the two types of domain name.

1. What kind of title makes the most sense if end users are looking for businesses of this nature?

2. Will the domain name still be relevant down the road in the long term?

3. Is the domain name the main branding tool?

4. Which is more critical for the business? Customers, marketing strategies, search engine results, brand awareness?

5. What type of domain name are the competitors using? What are their strategies in growing their business?

One interesting point Seth Newman (CEO of BIGNAME Commerce) mentioned is that he thinks descriptive domain name is only good when people do not shop by brand. His company owns envelopes.com, bags.com and folders.com. For items which brands matter for the people, it is a whole other story.

Our view on descriptive vs brandable

For us, we recommend that if a business needs to be clear and precise on what it does, as well as simple, straightforward and easy to find, go for a descriptive domain name. If a business wishes to build a unique identity and relate to certain values and personality, then a brandable domain name is the better choice.

What about a combination of the two?

It is sometimes also possible to achieve a balance between the two. Businesses can use a combination of a descriptive term and a unique brand term, and enjoy the best of both worlds. Some great examples include Microsoft, Walmart, The Home Depot, IBM, Mastercard, Vodafone, Dell Technologies etc.

Conclusion

The debate for a descriptive vs a brandable domain name will continue on, and there is no one-size-fits-all to it, as both types have their merits. In the end, it all depends on how a business plans to grow itself, its future plans and the marketing strategies it adopts. Any domain for brands that can conjure a strong image in the mind of the audience or is memorable, will always be a good domain.

Sign up as a reseller of WebNIC and sell a wide range of domain names, regardless of whether they are descriptive or brandable. We carry more than 600 domain extensions, and your customers will be spoilt for choice to register their desired domain name. Contact us to sign up!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.HK – A Domain to Unlock Lucrative Asia Business Opportunities

What is a .HK domain?

.HK domain is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Hong Kong, also known as the “the Pearl of the Orient”. Hong Kong is a bustling financial hub, a metropolis home to more than 7 million people. It holds a special place among the global business community, due to its ease of doing business and business-friendly regulation. It currently ranks as the third best place to do business in the world, according to data by The World Bank.

Here are some fun facts about Hong Kong:

1. Hong Kong is known for its large number of towering skyscrapers, with over 8000 skyscrapers reaching to the sky.

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2. Hong Kong means “fragrant harbour” in Chinese. Its name is believed to be originated from the past when it was a major trading post for fragrant incense, particularly agarwood.

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3. Hong Kong Island is always in the spotlight, but Hong Kong actually consists of 263 islands.

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4. Dim sum originated here in southern China and it translates to “touch the heart” in English. It was originally intended as a light snack for travelling merchants and has now become a local delicacy.

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5. Cathay Pacific is Hong Kong’s home airline and it was often crowned “World’s Best Airline”.

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6. Hong Kongers are well-known to possess an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to earn a fortune. Many successful billionaires from Hong Kong has a personal net worth of US$1 billion or over.

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Who can use .HK?

.HK is open for registration for any local or overseas company, organisation or Hong Konger. Any companies or individuals who are interested to explore and unlock business opportunities in Hong Kong or Asia are all potential customers. This is because .HK is trusted internationally by many people and the global business community, especially those from Hong Kong and the Asia region.

In fact, it helps businesses to establish a strong online foundation in Hong Kong to start their business journey in tapping the potential of both the Hong Kong market and the Asia market. It is a powerful way to showcase a company’s digital assets that highlight a company’s unique “Hong Kong Brand”. A strong Hong Kong presence starts with .HK, which will feature a company’s dedication and commitment to provide quality and trusted products/services.

Why register a .HK domain name?

1) .HK is one of the top ten Asia ccTLDs! It is a well-known and trusted domain internationally, which has a reputation for high credibility and instils confidence in users around the world. People trust and feel safe when doing business with .HK websites.

2) .HK is short, memorable and professional. It is great for your branding efforts in Hong Kong, as choosing .HK over .COM leaves a stronger impression for online users, especially for local Hong Kongers.

3) Boost local Hong Kong SEO performance. Ranking higher in local search results is great for connecting with the local Hong Kongers, increasing the success rate of doing business with them.

4) Hong Kong is home to many high-quality potential customers. Your potential customers will be more qualified and you can enjoy higher business success.

5) Unlock Asia business opportunities. .HK is not only trusted by Hong Kongers, but it is also trusted by many people from the Asia region. Register .HK to unlock the market potential of the Asia region, a powerful force shaping the world’s future economy.

6) Protect your customers’ brand. Help them register their .HK branding to prevent cybersquatters from stealing their brand identity. Never give them an opportunity to demand a payment from your customers to retrieve their brand identity.

Renowned global brands using .HK

1) Lululemon Athletica – https://www.lululemon.com.hk

2) Axa – https://www.axa.com.hk

3) Public Bank – https://www.publicbank.com.hk

4) AIA – https://www.aia.com.hk

5) Shell – https://www.shell.com.hk

6) IKEA – https://www.ikea.com.hk

Register .HK domain with WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar of .HK and we offer different .HK domain names registration service for different needs:

.HK

.COM.HK

.NET.HK

.ORG.HK

.IDV.HK

.HK: Suitable for any local or overseas company, organisation or Hong Konger.

.COM.HK: Suitable for registered commercial entities with business registration certificates or equivalents.

.NET.HK: Suitable for network infrastructure and service providers, with a PNETS license issued by the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) of the Government of HKSAR.

.ORG.HK: For non-profit making organisations with documentary proof of “Not-for-profit” nature or equivalent.

.IDV.HK: For any individual Hong Kong people (aged 11 or above).

To learn more about the difference between these available .HK domains from WebNIC, kindly visit our FAQ section for .HK here!

WebNIC has been in the domain name industry for more than 20 years and we possess an extensive experience. We always strive to provide the best service experience to our resellers to help them succeed in their domain business. We assure you that you can enjoy a smooth .HK registration process. Not a reseller yet? Join us and become a domain reseller!

Contact us at [email protected] if you need more info on registering .HK or signing up as a reseller.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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Domain Name Rules You Need to Know About When Registering One

Domain Name Registration Rules and Best Practices

Every single day, there are hundred thousands of domains registered on average, and this shows no signs of slowing down. Registering a domain name might seem easy, but there are more to it than you realise. There are some rules and regulations, which we need to follow when it comes to the domain name’s format. Also, we will be sharing with you some of the best practices and things to take note of when you register a new domain name. These are some of the things that people often overlook, and we believe you should be aware of.

The Rules of Registering a Domain Name

Before we start discussing the rules, we would like to make it clear that these rules apply to the label of the domain name. A label of the domain name is also known as the second-level domain (SLD) of a domain name. Let’s take a look at some sample domain names:

webnic.cc

wikipedia.org

google.com

In our samples above, “.cc”, “.org” and “.com” are top-level domains (TLD), whereas “webnic”, “wikipedia” and “google” are SLD, also known as the label of a domain name. The rules we are about to discuss apply to the label/SLD.

What is Allowed

The label of a domain name allows only letters, numbers and hyphens. The letters part is a no-brainer, and we all know very well that they are the core component of a domain name. It is also recommended that a good domain name consists of only letters, as they are more intuitive and has a higher level of memorability.

Numbers are allowed, too! However, it is not recommended to use numbers for your domain name, and they are typically avoided because they can cause some confusion. People are unsure whether the numbers in a domain name use the single-digit number, or the spelled-out version of the number (for example, “7” vs “seven”). If you truly want to register for a domain name that consists of numbers, then the best practice is to register both versions, the single-digit version and the spelled-out version (for example, “blue3” and “bluethree”). After you register them, you can easily set up a redirect from the incorrect domain to the correct domain. This best practice helps to minimise traffic lost for your website due to the incorrect domain. However, one thing we find interesting is that in China region, numbers in domains seem to be quite popular. Therefore, we think having numbers in the domain name is quite a subjective topic, and it really depends on your needs.

Hyphens are allowed, too, but there is a catch! Hyphens can be added in any part of the domain name, except at the beginning or end of the domain name. For example, “done-for-you” is allowed, whereas “-doneforyou” or “doneforyou-“ is not allowed. Two continuous hyphens are not allowed, too (eg. “done–foryou”). With all that said, hyphens are also typically avoided like numbers, as they increase the complexity and obstacles for users. It may be more difficult for users to find a site if there are dashes in the domain name, and traffic might be lost. After all, “done-for-you” and “doneforyou” are very different when users search these domain names. The best practice is to leave out hyphens completely and use alternatives, unless it helps with clarity significantly.

What is not Allowed

Periods/dots are not allowed when registering a domain name. They are only allowed after registering a domain name, and then configuring the hosting settings. Usually, when a website uses subdomains, which have a URL structure such as “r.webnic.cc”, it is used to separate a website’s contents under the same hosting. Under these circumstances, “r.webnic” is an allowed domain name label, but this can only be done after registering for a domain name and configuring the hosting.

Spaces, symbols and special characters are not allowed. Special characters include all the following,

! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) ; : , ? / \ = + < >

my awesome website.com (Not allowed)

[email protected] website!.com (Not allowed)

myawe s()me*web*site?.com (Not allowed)

If you are trying to be creative with your domain names by using spaces, symbols and special characters, just forget about it!

Other General Domain Name Rules to Take Note of

Apart from what is allowed and what is not allowed above, the following are some of the general rules for SLD that you can keep in mind, too.

1. SLDs that are registered can no longer be registered again.

2. SLD is not case-sensitive. Typing in “Google.com” or any fancy styles such as “gOOgle.com”, “GooGle.com”, “GoOgLe.com” will still lead you to the same “google.com”.

3. SLD has a 63-character limit. TLD is not counted in the character limit. However, the best practice is to always try to use shorter domain names as they are typically easier to remember and type.

4. Consider the word difficulty and its spelling difficulty. This is more of a best practice advise rather than a rule. Do try to use simple terms instead of bombastic words which might cause users confusion. For example, use “drinks” instead of “beverage”.

5. It is strongly advised not to register any domain names that might infringe the trademark of a brand or any domain names that imitate a brand. Legal action can be taken by the brands against you.

Conclusion

We hope that you now have a better idea and a deeper understanding of the domain name rules. With this in mind, you are now better equipped when registering for a domain name. You now know clearer what is allowed and not allowed, and it can be useful to you in your domain name registration journey. WebNIC has more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service, and we are here to help you enjoy a smoother experience in your domain name registration journey. Sign up as our reseller now!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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Goodbye SSL/TLS Certificate 2 Years Maximum Validity

Goodbye SSL/TLS Certificate 2 Years Maximum Validity

In February 2020, Apple has announced groundbreaking news to the SSL/TLS certificate industry during a face-to-face meeting of the Certification Authority Browser Forum (CA/Browser Forum). It has independently declared that starting 1 September 2020, the Safari browser on all of its iPhone and Mac operating systems will no longer trust SSL/TLS leaf certificates with a validity period of more than 398 days, equivalent to a one-year certificate plus the renewal grace period. In other words, any leaf certificate issued after the said date, with a validity period of more than one year, will be classified by Safari browser as an untrusted certificate. Other types of SSL/TLS certs, including intermediates and roots, are unaffected.

An Expected Development

The news comes as no surprise as SSL/TLS certificates’ lifespan has been reduced every now and then throughout the past decade. The validity period of certificates is on a reducing trend, with the most recent reduction to one year, happening soon after 1 September 2020.

Just over a decade ago, SSL certificate providers were selling certificates that spanned between 8 and 10 years. In 2011, the Certification Authority Browser Forum (CA/Browser Forum) was established, which consists of all the certificate authorities (CAs) and big browser makers. They determined that the 8 to 10 years validity period was just too long, and decided to cut it down to 5 years. The same thing happened in 2015, and the validity period was cut down to 3 years. In 2018, it was cut further down to 2 years. Now, Apple is pushing for 1-year certificates by making changes to its Safari browser. Below is what you can expect for this latest development.

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All the major browser makers have for years lobbied to shorten the validity period at the CA/B Forum, especially Apple and Google. They have constantly raised ballots for forum members to cast votes to reduce the term. Last year August, Google’s Ryan Sleevi introduced a ballot at the CA/B Forum that pushed for a maximum one-year validity for SSL/TLS certificates. However, citing concerns and comments from users, which are mostly in objection, most of the major certificate authorities (CAs) downvoted in the ballot and the issue was put on hold. With no concrete decision, Apple has announced in February this year of its unilateral decision to implement the 1-year certificate for its Safari browser.

A Shorter Validity Certificate Has Its Good and Bad

The idea behind a shorter-term SSL/TLS leaf certificate is that the shorter the validity period, the more secure it is. The purpose behind this approach is the browser makers want to make sure that web developers are always using the latest SSL certificate encryption standard and technology. It can be achieved when SSL certificates expire in a shorter time, and they need to be frequently updated more by web developers. Doing so will help browser makers to increase web security for users’ safety.

It also reduces the risks whereby old or neglected SSL certificates are exploited by hackers to perform phishing or malware attacks. Old certificates might be using an encryption technology that was powerful three years ago but is now broken by hackers. That is just how fast things move in the cybersecurity industry. Browser makers are well-aware of this and therefore firmly push for a shorter validity period for SSL certificates. The approach is also believed to be able to effectively reduce the timeframe in which hackers can use to explore how to exploit a certificate. It also makes it less likely in the future that old certificates using retired encryption are still used by web developers and end up being exploited. Through this approach, SSL certificates with new keys will be generated regularly to keep hackers at bay and as a result, reduce their exploitability.

However, with shorter SSL certificate validity period, comes more workload for the web developers or website owners who are managing them. They will be required to increase the frequency of certificate replacement tasks, and it might take up a lot of time if they are managing up to hundreds or even a thousand certificates. The hassle factor is indeed there, which is why many users are against this implementation. It increases their cost and overhead, and it is also prone to more human mistakes and errors due to increased workload and confusion.

How Will This Change Affect Website Owners and Customers?

Safari is the second leading web browser, with a 14.4% market share, as shown in the image below:

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Image from: W3Counter June 2020 (https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php)

With an approximate 4.5 billion Internet users around the world, 14.4% equals to roughly 650 million users who are using Safari browsers. Website owners will definitely want to ensure that their websites are trusted by Safari, or risk losing their precious traffic when the privacy error shows up on Safari. Website owners are expected to become more occupied in renewing their SSL certificates on a yearly basis to ensure an excellent customer experience. Website admins will be expected to streamline their existing certificate management practice in order to adapt to this new implementation on Safari. Large organisations with a large number of SSL certificates will be searching for a reliable and automated certificate management solution to reduce manual management and errors.

How Will This Change Certificate Resellers?

For a starter, you can still issue two-year SSL certificates up to 31 August 2020 for your customers to use until they expire. After the said date, it is recommended to issue one-year SSL certificates only, as far as Safari browser is concerned. You can of course still issue two-year certs, but you need to ensure you have a good certificate management solution to keep track of all the two-year certs you previously issued and renew them after one year to continue being trusted by Safari browser.

Certificate Authorities Are Prepared

With all that said, you can still feel at ease, as the leading CAs have early anticipated this development and respectively prepared solutions for it. They have put in place new platforms and certificate lifecycle management solutions and subscription plans to help SSL certificate resellers to adapt to this change. New options and implementation of SSL certificates are ready for web masters to purchase coverage for a more extended period. DigiCert has prepared DigiCert® CertCentral TLS Manager, and Sectigo has developed Sectigo Certificate Manager.

With new platforms and solutions in place, SSL certificate resellers can gain more flexibility in offering automation, multi-year plans and discounts for their customers which sign up for SSL certificates for a longer period. Automation will help to ease the workload in managing their customers. Here are some of the benefits of this approach:

1. Resellers can help their customers to save cost by offering a multi-year price discount.

2. Resellers can help customers to only purchase once without having to worry about it anymore.

It is believed that the change will be a win-win for both parties with the introduction of the new automation solution.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we believe it is only a matter of time before all other major browsers follow in Apple’s footstep. A 1-year certificate is definitely the new common soon. Once any one of the major browser makers does so, CAs know perfectly well they definitely need to change their certificates to a 1-year validity period, as the browser makers are equivalent to the web’s gatekeepers and they hold all the cards. CAs can only follow suit.

However, we are not worried and you should not be, too! CAs are well-prepared and have put in place new platforms and solutions to help manage SSL certificates. We believe it will be a relatively smooth and straightforward transition, and everyone will get to enjoy greater website security and an enhanced certificate management experience.

WebNIC is proud to announce that we now offer DigiCert CertCentral TLS Manager service, which we believe will benefit you greatly. If you have any inquiries, feel free to email us at [email protected] for more info.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.ME – A Domain That Redefines Personal Branding

What is a .ME domain?

.ME domain is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of Montenegro, a European country located near Italy. It is a country that has magnificent mountains, beautiful beaches and breathtaking sceneries. .ME was first introduced in the year 2007, and it is now one of the top 20 ccTLDs with the most domain name registrations in the world. The General Availability of .ME started from July 2008. Within 48 hours, the first 100,000 domains were registered! “ME” is used in many different languages, such as English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Portuguese, and many other languages. It can mean a lot of things in all these languages, which is why it is a popular domain extension around the world.

Check out our .ME Anniversary Promotion!

Who can use .ME?

.ME is open to the public, and anyone from anywhere is able to register for a .ME domain name. No restrictions are applied on the registration of .ME, and it is similar to any other generic Top-level Domains (gTLDs). The public sometimes even think that it is a gTLD, but the truth is that it actually is a ccTLD.

.ME is suitable for all individuals and organisations who wish to stand out in the crowded landscape of the online world. It offers an unconventional way for them to highlight their personal brand, and helps them to gain more attention. If your customers are seeking to differentiate themselves from others, recommend them to choose .ME! Help them to personalize their blog, their brand, their business and their website! .ME is a domain extension for everyone!

Why choose a .ME domain name?

.ME can help your customers to create a powerful personal brand for themselves. “ME” literally means “I”, which sends out a strong message and feeling of personalization. It is ideal for service providers who want to personalize their offerings to their individual customers, and to connect with them on a more personal level.

.ME is also perfect to be used for call-to-action (CTA). The online world uses a lot of CTAs to encourage users to act, and they are an important part of selling and communicating online. .ME adds an extremely meaningful context to CTAs, and sends out a more powerful awareness to users to take action, such as “Call.ME”, “Message.ME”, “Ask.ME” and many other more CTAs.

.ME is a trusted domain. The people behind .ME is serious in their mission to help individuals and companies to build up their brands. They are passionate in making business personal, as well as protecting the extremely meaningful “ME” domain. They are committed and stay true to helping and protecting .ME domain owners, by checking .ME domains for abuse on a daily basis.

.ME is also SEO-friendly. Using a .ME domain can help websites to rank better on Google’s search results. Many people are familiar with .ME domain and trust .ME domains, as they know it is operated similarly to other gTLDs, such as .COM, .NET, .ORG. Google ranks .ME domains the same way as it ranks other gTLDs, helping website owners in their SEO.

Renowned global brands which have chosen .ME

.ME
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paypal.me

spotify.me

mercedes.me

fb.me

m.me

wa.me

line.me

ti.me

Register .ME domain with WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar of .ME ccTLD. We are an officially recognized registrar by the government of Montenegro and the registry behind .ME, which is DoMEn. We provide .ME registration service to all our partners to help you in offering .ME registration to your customers. The good news is, we are now running our 20 years anniversary promotions, and .ME is on offer! Check it out by clicking the link. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on registering .ME.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.CO.JP – A Domain Trusted by the Japanese People

What is a .CO.JP domain?

.CO.JP domain is the country code third-level domain (ccTLD) of Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun”. There are 3 options of registering .CO.JP that our partners can choose from, as listed below:

Option 1: The regular .CO.JP registration

Option 2: The 6 months .CO.JP registration

Option 3: The .CO.JP for trademark protection

To get more info on the FAQs of .CO.JP, click here.

Check out our .CO.JP Anniversary Promotion for option 3!

Who can use .CO.JP?

If your customers are exploring opportunities to expand their businesses into the Japan market, .CO.JP is the perfect choice for them to start online. They can register their business brand on a .CO.JP domain and start connecting with the Japanese people to build awareness for their brand. They can use this opportunity to build a relationship with them as well.

Business owners can work with a Japanese to register a local business with the Japanese government or they may start a foreign company by registering with the Japanese government. Both types of companies are eligible to register for a .CO.JP domain. However, do take note that there is a restriction of only one .CO.JP domain allowed per company, and the registrant must have a local Japanese postal address. If your customers need help to register a .CO.JP domain name, contact us and our team will assist you in serving your customers.

Why register a .CO.JP domain name?

Japan is one of the top 10 Internet markets in the world. 70% of the Japanese population has access to the Internet and they are very active Internet users. Many of them actively surf the web, to search for information, shop online, interact with friends online etc. With such a high percentage of the population actively online, it is a big opportunity market for business owners to build and grow their business’s presence online.

In addition, the Japanese people also prefer .JP websites over .COM websites, because .JP domain is one of the top 10 safest domains. Having a .CO.JP domain helps business owners to build more trust and confidence among the Japanese people. It can help to propel a company’s presence in Japan as well, by attracting more Japanese customers and businesses to visit your customer’s .CO.JP website. A .CO.JP website helps your customers to show their dedication to their potential Japanese customers, because second-level .JP domains require a Japanese mailing address. All these advantages help increase the chance of success for your customer to expand into the lucrative Japanese Internet market.

Renowned global brands using .CO.JP

Renowned global brands
using .CO.JP

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rakuten.co.jp

honda.co.jp

bandai.co.jp

family.co.jp

calbee.co.jp

amazon.co.jp

google.co.jp

toshiba.co.jp

Register .CO.JP domain with WebNIC

WebNIC is proud to announce that from 1 July 2020 onwards, we are officially providing .CO.JP registration service to all our partners. In conjunction with our 20 years anniversary promotions, we are offering .CO.JP domain registration at a 25% discount off the normal price. WebNIC has more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service, and you can be assured that we will provide the best service experience in helping you to register a .CO.JP domain. We hope it can help you to grow your domain business more effectively. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on registering .CO.JP.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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Consider These Things Before You Register a Domain Part 2

Things to Consider Before You Register a Domain With Any Providers (Part 2)

In this blog, we will be continuing our Part 1 knowledge on things you should consider before registering a domain with any providers. If you have not read Part 1, it is recommended that you do so. Click the link below to read Part 1.

As we all know, a domain name is required for setting up a website. You need to consider many things when registering a domain name, and Part 1 outlines 5 things to consider. Here in Part 2, we outline another 5 important things you need to know, if you are actively helping your customer to register domain names.

6. Make sure of the domain renewal procedure

Every domain name has an expiry date. If the domain owner wants to retain the ownership of the domain after the said date, it must be renewed. Your job is to make sure that the domain renewal procedure of the provider is clear, easy and transparent. You need to ensure the provider communicates clearly and transparently about the renewal rate, and the step-by-step process of going through the renewal process. You need to consider if they offer easy options for you to either auto renew the domain, or provide punctual notifications to renew the domain name manually, or an easy process to cancel the renewal.

It will not be ideal if the provider does a poor job for its domain renewal process, whereby you forgot to renew, or their renewal process is difficult and confusing, or you are shocked by the renewal rate etc. Such things might result in you losing your perfect domain name. It is recommended to choose providers who provide accurate, punctual and transparent notifications for the domain name renewal process.

At WebNIC, we ensure transparency in our domain renewal process. We state clearly the renewal rate, we provide a clear and easy to use dashboard for doing or cancelling the renewal process, we also make sure to always provide in time notifications to inform domain owners to renew their domain names.

7. A crucial factor – customer support experience

When you register a domain name, you have to consider the customer support experience provided by the domain registration service provider as well. It plays a big part and it makes a huge difference to your experience. We have all been there, and it is very unpleasant when you need help to solve an issue urgently, and yet the provider responds to you at a very slow pace. Even worse, some providers might not have anyone there to assist you. It really is the worst ever possible experience you will have if the provider’s customer support service is very poor.

We at WebNIC make it our priority to provide a high-quality customer support experience to all our partners. We are ISO-certified and our standard operations procedure (SOP) ensures that every single support request from our partners are handled within 24 hours. We also provide live chat customer service.

8. Be aware of domain slamming, registrar-lock and auth-code

As mentioned in point number 3 in Part 1, when a user registers a domain name, his/her contact info will be recorded in the WHOIS database. Spammers and marketers will then use programming robots to “mine” this info from the WHOIS database and send the owners tons of spam mails. The contact info will be exploited, if the domain registration provider does a lousy job in protecting it. Therefore, this is why you should take this into consideration when registering a domain name with any provider, to ensure that the provider provides sufficient protection on this aspect.

Another possibility that might happen that is related to the contact info is that some domain registration providers will also “mine” the contact info from the WHOIS database. They then send an email to the contacts, attached with documents similar to a renewal invoice to trick the domain owners to remit payment for their domain renewal. Unsuspecting, the domain owners will make the payment and without realising it, they have initiated a domain transfer. They have been slammed, hence the term domain slamming, also known as domain hijacking. The worst thing that might happen after an event like this is that their websites and email services will come crashing down and become out of service, because the DNS services are terminated from the original provider.

To counter the issue of domain slamming and unauthorized domain transfers, some providers’ domains run on a protocol called “EPP”, and to transfer a domain, an auth-code is required. It is like an extra layer of protection to protect a domain from unauthorized transfer. You need to make sure that the provider offers such protection for the domain name you wish to register. However, extra protection like this works as a double-edged sword, as it can also be used by providers to prevent you from transferring. All they need to do is not provide you the auth-code if you truly need it for transferring your domain name. It is good to make sure that the provider you choose have auth-code protection, and in addition you can truly control it freely on your own.

WebNIC offers free WHOIS privacy and protection, as well as auth-code protection. We have also configured our system to allow you to freely control them on your own through our partner dashboard. You can feel at ease, knowing that our protection will prevent spam mails and domain slamming issue from happening on you.

9. Beware of domain expiry sniping

There is also a thing called domain aftermarket, where people buy and sell registered domain names. It is also big business and can fetch thousands, or even up to millions of dollars. The ideal situation should be that when it comes to your domain names, you are the rightful owner with full control over them, and if someone is interested in them, you are the one selling it to them personally. However, some providers will take advantage of their customers and actively check out the domain names they register to see whether any of them can fetch a premium price in the aftermarket. These kinds of providers are essentially researching advance interest for their customers’ domain names and what kind of price they can fetch. Then when the domain names near expire, they have determined that the domain name is worth more than the owner’s actual renewal is worth to them, and intentionally not remind the owner of the expiry, so that they can snipe it and make it theirs. Make sure to steer clear of providers like these, and ensure that you are always notified about domain name expiry as mentioned in point 6 above.

At WebNIC, we make it our commitment to protect and safeguard our partners’ registered domain names, and ensure that they have full control over their domain names. We do not engage in domain expiry sniping and we always make sure to send domain name expiry notifications to all of our partners.

10. Domain Parking and Monetization

You might not be aware that domain parking is also big business, but it truly is. Domain parking is the act of registering a domain name, but not using it for any services such as an email or a website. You might then ask, how is a thing like this big business? The secret lies in monetizing all the parked domains with ads. You might experience this before, whereby you click a link to somewhere or made typo errors when entering a web address, the browser then shows you a somewhat empty page or search page, and popping up dozens of ads. That is what we called a parked domain and monetizing it with ads.

WebNIC is committed to full transparency and trustworthiness. Our partners have full control over their own domain names, and whether they want to monetize them or not. Our partners’ trust is our priority.

Conclusion

So, there you have it, a total of 10 points combining Part 1 and Part 2 here about the things you need to consider before you register a domain with any providers. Therefore, we would like to kindly remind you to take note of all these things when starting your domain registration business. Be sure to keep them in mind. We hope they are informative for you and you have a clearer understanding that there is more to it than meet the eyes, when it comes to domain registration business. Fortunately, WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We make sure to provide high transparency and trust to our partners without taking part in any of the unethical actions as mentioned above. In addition, we offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us, we also work hard to provide a high transparency level and most importantly, a high level of trust and service quality to all our partners. You should choose WebNIC as your preferred registrar to work with for your domain registration business!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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Consider These Things Before You Register a Domain

Things to Consider Before You Register a Domain With Any Providers (Part 1)

Setting up a website requires an essential step, which is registering a domain name. It is even more so important now as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the process, where many businesses are moving online and therefore registering their preferred domain names. The domain name registration industry has evolved a long way since more than 30 years ago. It has become so huge that it is now a billion-dollar industry. As of the first quarter of 2020, there are well over 365 million domain names registered. It shows that people around the world are actively registering domains and the number of registered domain names are slowly but steadily increasing. If you are actively helping your customer to register domain names, here are 10 the (or 5) things you need to consider before you register a domain with any providers.

1. Be Cautious of the Advertised Cost

Domain registration providers like to display an attractive low price to draw the interest of users who are looking to register a domain. It is their marketing tactic and it is widely used by many providers. However, most of the time, the unbelievable low price displayed is for the first-year registration fee only. The real and hidden cost of annual renewal is usually at a much higher price, and many users who are attracted by the low price rush to register, only to after that discover the steep increase in renewal cost. Make sure to be extra careful and check the real cost of registering and the annual renewal cost of the domain name!

At WebNIC, we make sure to show the original price beside our advertised price for high transparency, as shown here in our promotion page.

2. Beware of Hidden Fees

Registration fee is a consideration factor, but so are hidden fees. Some providers take advantage of the fact that most users tend to be lazy to read the “Terms & Conditions” and add in these extra charges in it. Hidden fees can include many things, most notably for the below scenarios:

“Upsell” and “cross-sell” for domains or services that the user might not actually need. One example is automatic selecting other domain extensions for the user’s selected .COM domain (auto tick .NET, .ORG). Or cross-sell other unnecessary services, which he/she might not need at the moment.

“Transfer-out” fees. Some providers secretly charge a processing fee if the domain owner decides to transfer his/her domain name to another provider. It is against the policy of ICANN and if you happen to come across this situation, be sure to report the provider to ICANN. Less ethical providers might also intentionally complicate the process and charge you a service fee to help you perform the transfer-out process.

“WHOIS or RDAP” fees. Some unethical providers also charge extra fees on processing WHOIS or RDAP info. For example, if the domain owner wishes to update the email address in the WHOIS database, an unethical provider will charge him/her to do so.

Note that hidden fees are not limited to these only, but it might also include many other questionable charges, some even to the extent of too ridiculous to comprehend. Be sure to be on the lookout for such providers.

We at WebNIC do not intentionally hide extra charges in our Policy & Agreement. We state clearly applicable charges and do not charge users unnecessarily.

3. WHOIS Privacy

Every domain name owner’s info is recorded in a public database, WHOIS. The info can include the owner’s full name, email address, phone number, address and more. The info is easily accessible by the public by doing a domain search on WHOIS. It is sensitive info and hence most of the good reputation registrars will offer WHOIS privacy protection for free. Make sure to stay away from providers who charge you a fee for this feature. A good domain registration provider allows you to freely change your WHOIS privacy settings easily for free.

Beware of providers who also offer “privacy services” by offering to put their details instead of the domain owner’s details on the WHOIS database. This approach secretly gives them ownership of the domain instead of the original domain owner, and it is a disguise of the so-called “privacy services”. Essentially, they own the domain and they can secretly sell it should they see more value in selling it rather than retaining it for the domain owner. If a dispute case occurs, it is almost a guaranteed outcome that the original domain owner loses the case, regardless of whatever “Terms & Conditions” outlined by the providers. It is because the provider owns the name in the WHOIS database.

Another thing to look out for regarding WHOIS privacy is the price trap. Some providers promote on the surface free WHOIS privacy, but it comes with a catch. They configure their system to offer free for the first year, but when the domain renews, it then resets at a much, much higher fee. There are also cases where it is free for the first month, but from the second month onwards, it resets to a higher fee. Be sure to watch out for charges like these, as mentioned in point number 2 above.

WebNIC offers free WHOIS privacy service as stated in our Policy & Agreement. We do not charge hidden fees and we also make it easy for our partners to edit their WHOIS settings through our partner dashboard.

4. Data Protection

Some providers fail to protect a domain owner’s information by not offering a proper WHOIS privacy service, causing his/her data to be susceptible to exploitation by hackers and scammers. Sometimes, they make it even worse by taking advantage of the data they have on a domain owner when he/she registers a domain with them. Not only do they force domain owners to pay a premium for “privacy services”, they also sell the domain owner’s data to third-parties, such as marketing companies for a profit.

At WebNIC, we make it our commitment to protect and safeguard our partners’ data and their respective customers’ data. Our privacy policy clearly outlines our obligations to our users.

5. The Multi-year Registration Package

If you are registering a domain through a multi-year package because it’s cheaper, be sure to confirm your registration years after paying the registration fee. Some providers offer multi-year on the surface, but secretly helps the user to register 1 year only, pocketing the remaining money. Usually, providers offer plans like this with a strict no refund policy. An awkward situation might then occur whereby they provide poor customer service up to the point that it drives the customer away. In the end, they pocket 5 years’ worth of registration fee but only paid for a 1-year registration, which is most often at a hugely discounted price, further reducing their cost. They stand to gain more money through this unethical approach. Make sure to steer clear of snake providers like these.

WebNIC is committed to full transparency and trustworthiness while working with our partners. We deliver what we promise, and we place trust as our first priority in providing all of our services.

Conclusion

There are still more things to consider before a user registers a domain with any providers. The 5 points mentioned here are just Part 1. Do stay tune for part 2. Therefore, before you start selling domain registration services, make sure to keep these things in mind when choosing your preferred domain partner. The great news is, WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We do not engage in any unethical actions as mentioned in this article here. Not only do we offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us, we also work hard to provide a high transparency level and most importantly, a high level of trust and service quality to all our partners. If you are still wondering which registrar to work with, then WebNIC is your best choice!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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