Consider These Things Before You Register a Domain 1

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].

Read Part 2 here:

.BOND – A Premium Domain for Financial or Relationship Showcase 2

.BOND – A Premium Domain for Financial or Relationship Showcase

What is .BOND?

.BOND is a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) extension launched in November 2019 by ShortDot SA, the registry which made .ICU a huge success. It is a premium domain extension, where the financial industry and online world meet. It represents the financial instrument bond, and it also represents a force/feeling that unites. It is perfect for financial industry professionals or showcasing strong bonds (relationship). It is specifically created and made for today’s financial industry, especially the field of bonds and investments. There are also some users who use .BOND to showcase their special bonds with their friends, family and even pet animals. You get to decide how to use your .BOND domain!

 

Who is .BOND for?

.BOND is ideal for financial service providers, financial advisors, investors, investment groups, cryptocurrency entities, accountants, loan companies and many other financial institutions such as banks, bond traders, brokers etc. It is an incredible online opportunity for any financial services companies. When they choose .BOND to the right of the dot, website visitors know instantly they are working with a financial professional they can trust and that they mean business. Encourage your customers who are in the financial service industry to start making bonds and building a closer connection with their audience, by using .BOND to position themselves as an expert in the field.

.BOND is also crafted for any individuals or entities in the financial services industry. It is also perfect for financial professionals, individuals and entrepreneurs who wish to showcase their clearly-defined brand for themselves. They can launch their next big idea on .BOND as it is convenient for customers and clients to remember them. It helps them to build their reputation on the right online real estate. Examples include market analyst or an investor looking to build his own personal brand and shooting for the stars.

.BOND is the right domain choice for any individuals or businesses as it adds a powerful word to the web address. It sends a strong and positive signal to users, which will reinforce the impression they have of the website and it indirectly helps them understand the benefits they receive when working with the individual or company. .BOND links clients to the experts they are looking for, reinforcing the impression of a trusted and stable financial solution provider.

.BOND is also preferred by individuals who want to showcase years of special bonding with their family, friends and even pet animals. It is an extremely meaningful life experience for them and is simply irreplaceable, which is why it deserves a special showcase of its own. .BOND is the perfect fit for such a purpose, especially for creative, loving and attentive individuals. They can use .BOND to create a long-lasting bond and memory to unite them with the ones they love and care for. It empowers them and motivates them to appreciate the beauty of these life experiences.

 

What Makes .BOND Unique?

  1. Short and easy to remember

.BOND domain extension is short, easy to understand and memorable. It helps people to gain a stronger impression.

  1. Professional

.BOND is professional and shows users that the individual or business is serious and an expert. It provides a professional and reliable impression.

  1. Credible

.BOND helps businesses to build a credible reputation. It shows users that it is safe and trustworthy and they can deal with the individual and business without worries.

  1. Premium

.BOND looks and feels premium. It builds a premium impression for financial experts when communicating with their clients.

  1. Brandable

.BOND has less name competition and offers a high chance to secure a desirable and brandable domain name. It is perfect for building a strong brand distinction.

 

Register .BOND with WebNIC

.BOND offers the professionalism that financial service professionals require when dealing with clients. It is credible, trustworthy and gives out a sense of premium. WebNIC is honoured to announce that we will be partnering with ShortDot SA to offer .BOND to you, starting from 23 June 2020. We hope the new .BOND domain can increase the value you deliver to potential clients. Secure your .BOND identity today with WebNIC, the premium online real estate for financial service providers. There is only a limited quantity of high-quality .bond names, make sure to secure yours on the launch date. Many big brands are already scrambling to secure the best domain names, such as American Express, J.P. Morgan, Google, Amazon, 3M, Oracle and more. Register yours as soon as possible because having the right domain name for your business is critical to your success. We are a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on .BOND.

 

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].

.CYOU Domain - Looks Cool, Feels Cool for New Gen 3

.CYOU Domain – Looks Cool, Feels Cool for New Gen

What is .CYOU?

.CYOU is a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) extension launched by ShortDot SA, the leading new Top-level Domain registry behind the hugely successful domain extension, .ICU. It stands for the short form of “See You” and communicates the message of “We See You” to all. It is specially crafted and made for today’s digital natives, and is well-suited for this generation’s thinkers and influencers.

 

Who is .CYOU for?

.CYOU is perfect for creative individuals, visionary influencers and innovative entrepreneurs. It helps these people to showcase their talents, ideas and dedication to change and shape the world on the Internet. It also empowers them to continue doing what they are best at, while motivating them to move forward knowing in mind that the public is watching them on the Internet, with “We see you”!

.CYOU is also a perfect domain name for any business brands to embrace innovation through modern social media platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok. It is perfect for brands which target young audiences, to resonate with them, as well as to speak in their unique way of communication.

.CYOU empowers Gen Z, who believe in the values of independence, diversity and inclusivity. It is a domain name for those who never know a world without Internet, who grew up with smartphones and memes and speak in fluent and unique emoji. It is for true digital natives, who are technologically-advanced, open-minded and doing things in smarter ways while rewriting the rules.

 

What Makes .CYOU Unique?

1. Innovative

.CYOU domain extension shows people that you are innovative and go against the norm

2. Memorable

Short and easy to spell makes .CYOU a memorable domain, which helps you to stand out in the vast Internet landscape.

3. Agnostic

.CYOU is contextual and unrestricted to geography, language or industry. No usage limitations and easy to be understood by all.

4. Scalable

Helps businesses to expand and scale to target the younger target audiences, opening a whole new different market opportunity and segment.

5. Smart

Looks and feels cool. A smart abbreviation for “See You”.

6. Brandable

A great opportunity for brand distinction. Less name competition to secure your desired brandable domain name.

To summarise, .CYOU is perfect for Gen Z, who might become the next social media sensation, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs banking on their talents and passion. In addition, it is also perfect for cool new brand that resonates with them and speak in their language.

 

Register .CYOU with WebNIC

We believe .CYOU has the potential to fare well and become a popular TLD for many people, as indicated by .ICU, the number one new gTLD with more than 6 million domain names registered as of the time of writing. WebNIC is honoured to announce that we will be partnering with ShortDot SA to offer .CYOU to you from 23 June 2020. Stay tune! We want to help you to deliver more value to your clients by offering .CYOU, with a potential to be successful like .ICU. Register .CYOU with WebNIC, a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on .CYOU.

 

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].

What is a Domain Name Server (DNS) and How it Works? 4

What is a Domain Name Server (DNS) and How it Works?

What is a Domain Name Server (DNS)?

A DNS is a computer server that contains a database of many IP addresses and their associated domain names. It serves to translate a requested domain name into an IP address, so that the computer knows which IP address to connect to for the requested contents. The Internet is a network of connected computers, and they communicate with each other through IP addresses. A DNS plays an important role in helping us to conveniently use the Internet and it is one of the most essential foundations of the Internet as we know it today.

It is much easier for us to remember a domain name, webnic.cc, rather than a string of numbers, 104.20.73.209 (IP address) to WebNIC’s website. Both the domain name and the DNS are extremely important and they work together to make this possible. Read our blog here if you are unsure what is a domain name.

A great example is to see a DNS as a phone book, which matches a name to a telephone number. You can search for the name you want and find the corresponding phone number. It is also a similar concept to your smartphone’s contact list, which will match a contact name to a phone number. Remembering domain names is definitely easier for us than to remember a string of numbers. DNS helps us to do this by match domain names to IP addresses, and simplifies our web surfing experience significantly.

 

How Does a DNS Work?

A DNS starts working immediately after a user enters a domain name in the address bar of a browser. It will search through the Internet to find the IP address that is associated with the entered domain name. After successfully identifying the IP address, it then guides the user’s browser to connect to it, which will then serve the requested website contents. The process happens very quickly with little delay and the user will be on his requested website almost immediately. However, in the background, a DNS has executed many processes.

The first step that a DNS does is to send a DNS query to several other DNS servers. A DNS is not just a single server responding to over billions of domain name requests, but instead it is distributed globally across a network of DNS, which stores the IP address directory in a distributed manner.

With this in mind, all the DNS servers work together to attend to the billions of domain names requests worldwide. The reason behind this is to cut down the time for users to get a response for their requests. If a user is looking for a specific site and there is only one DNS server to process it, then it will take significantly longer to search through the millions of records in the directory. What if at the same time there are also millions, if not billions of users who are also doing the same? That is going to take a long time, and the users’ browsing experience will definitely be affected negatively.

Therefore, DNS is set up to work collaboratively across several servers to provide the best browsing experience to users. When a website address is entered by a user in an Internet browser, a DNS query is initiated and a DNS server sends the query to several other DNS servers, each tasked with translating a different part of the domain name the user entered. There are mainly four servers which work together to translate the website address into a computer readable IP address, namely the DNS Resolver server, the root server, the Top-level Domain (TLD) server and the Authoritative Name Server. The DNS Resolver is the server who does most of the process in translating a domain name to an IP address. It receives the DNS query and in turn acts like a client to query the three other DNS servers mentioned above to translate the domain name.

It first queries the root server and the root server responds to the query by returning the IP address of a TLD server (like .com, .net, .org etc.). A TLD server stores the information for its domains, and will return the IP address of the Authoritative Name Server to the DNS Resolver. This is where the requested website is actually located. It then returns the actual IP address of the requested website to the DNS Resolver, which in turn response to the initial DNS query the actual IP address. Check out the illustration below to have a clear picture of the step-by-step processes of how a DNS work.

 

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Another point worth mentioning is point number 9 as shown in the illustration. The DNS Resolver will perform a caching function to cache the data for a limited time, after it has retrieved the correct IP address for a given website. The purpose of doing so is that in case the user requests for the same domain name again, it can immediately direct the user to the right web server without having to do the entire process of translating the domain name again. It is also beneficial in a sense that if there are other users who request for the same domain name, their request can be processed instantly, and they can enjoy a great browsing experience.

 

The Importance of a DNS

DNS helps to increase the efficiency of organising and locating more than 300 million domain names and their corresponding IP addresses around the world. It is not hard to see why DNS is an important foundation of the Internet we know today. The many DNS servers around the world work together to provide an optimised Internet browsing experience. The DNS system has been in existence for more than 30 years and has proven to be a stable and essential part of the Internet infrastructure to connect the world globally. However, hackers are also taking advantage of the system to exploit and scam the public through DNS attacks.

 

DNS Attacks

DNS attacks can occur in a few ways. The most common way is through malware attacks on a user’s computer. A malware attack can change the DNS server settings of the user’s computer to connect to a hacker’s DNS server. The hacker’s server can then direct users to other fake websites, and scam them of their confidential information such as their identity information, bank information or any other forms of sensitive information. This kind of attack is known as a DNS cache poisoning.

Another way of DNS attack is bombarding the user’s computer with high-volume data from DNS Resolver servers. It will cause the victim’s machine to be overwhelmed with data inflow and it will become inoperative to provide its original services. Hackers can then blackmail victims or force them to pay ransom to release their machines from the attacks. This kind of attack is known as a DNS reflection attack.

Last but not least, DNS attack can also occur through system resource exhaustion. Hackers can clog the DNS infrastructure of Internet Service Providers (ISP) of users and render it inoperative. This is done by hackers through registering a domain name and using the victim’s DNS servers as that domain’s authoritative server. They then send large number of requests for the domain and also add in large number of non-existent subdomains requests, which leads to a flood of the DNS resolving processes, eventually crashing the victim’s DNS system. This kind of attack is known as DNS resource exhaustion attack.

 

Conclusion

The existence of DNS is truly a great thing, as this technology makes everything on the Internet we know today possible. Without DNS, the Internet surfing experience will likely be very painful and extremely troublesome. The Internet and the world we know today will probably be very different without DNS. Next time when you browse the Internet, make sure to appreciate the existence of DNS and realise how convenient it has made life for us all. Make sure to also take proper measures to protect your computer to prevent DNS related attacks by hackers.

WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We currently manage our own DNS to ensure a satisfying domain name reselling experience for all our valuable partners. We offer a wide range of domains and web solutions to help our partners to grow their web business. If you are interested to become our partner, 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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.TECH Domains Help Differentiate Tech Brands

.TECH Domains Help Differentiate Tech Brands

.TECH has achieved a remarkable achievement for the last 5 years since its launch in March 2015. It has been a great journey for this New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). It has resonated well with the tech communities internationally and is a popular domain choice for them. Even big brands are starting to love .TECH domain, such as CES (ces.tech), Intel (insight.tech), Viacom (viacom.tech) It is the perfect domain name to differentiate tech brands in the saturated Internet landscape. Some tech brands who are doing well with .TECH domain include innoviz.tech, aurora.tech and lightly.tech.

Why Should Tech Brands Differentiate Themselves With .TECH?

The most obvious benefit of using .TECH domain is its profound use across industries like retail, finance, media and across technologies like machine learning, autonomous solutions, blockchain and more. Tech brands no longer need to settle for dull domain names and instead get the opportunity to use business-relevant domain extension and brand themselves in whatever way they prefer.

Here Are Some Ways .TECH Differentiate Tech Brands

1. Reinforce Brand Positioning as a Technology Business
Brand positioning is an essential business strategy. It is crucial for any business to position its brand strategically so that it sends the right message to potential clients. For example, if a company offers technology solutions that are in demand. Using company.tech positions it strategically compared to company.com, drawing attention from the right audience.

2. Great Opportunity to Secure a Keyword Rich Domain Name
Choose a domain name with industry-relevant keywords. A new domain extension provides the chance to secure important industry keywords, which are no longer available on traditional domain names such as .com or .org. For example, cleanenergy.tech is more likely than cleanenergy.com to be available, and the business can secure the keywords “clean energy” using .TECH.

3. Increases Business Relevance in Your Website Address
Tech is an intuitive word and full of context in business and innovation. It is precisely why .TECH domain is a logical choice for tech brands to differentiate themselves from other businesses. For example, a brand name can go by Orange. If the brand’s website is www.orange.com or www.orange.tech, the former name clearly does not communicate business nature while the latter name clearly communicates it is a tech business. Using a .TECH domain extension clearly increases the context of the business.

Conclusion

.TECH is a great domain to differentiate tech brands. The meaning of the word helps them to stand out and identifies them as businesses changing the world with pioneering tech ideas. It is the perfect domain to build the future on. We are excited to see how these tech brands will change the world in the future, and .TECH is the best domain moving forward with them to innovate and improve our world.

WebNIC is proud to be an accredited registrar .TECH domain. If you are looking to be a part of these brands to change the world with their disruptive ideas, then start by offering .TECH domain registration service. Drop us an email at [email protected] or live chat with us if you have any inquiries!

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]

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain and What are Its Benefits 7

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain and What are Its Benefits

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain Name?

A Thai IDN .TW domain name is a special domain name which uses Thai characters. It is an internationalized domain name (IDN), which enables people to use local languages for domain names. Local languages are usually represented in special characters and not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “a-z”. IDN domains can come in various languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Hebrew, French, and in this context Thai.

An example of a Thai IDN .TW domain name:
ภาษาไทย.tw

Check out some example websites we created, which use Thai IDN .TW domain name:

The Importance of a Thai IDN

Thai IDN was approved for implementation by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in August 2010. ICANN realises the importance of IDN, regardless of which language it is. Some community in the world have little to no knowledge of English and this makes it hard to introduce them to the Internet, which is mainly in English.

According to a survey done by education company EF Education First, Thailand ranks a level of very low proficiency in its English skills. As the Internet is mainly in English, this will indirectly impact the progress of introducing it to the Thai community. It will hinder them from being digital savvy and causes them to be left behind in this society where the Internet has become the backbone of the society. The Thai community might face a weaker competitive edge and lose out in this Internet driven society.

However, things have changed a lot ever since the introduction of Thai IDN. The obstacle to navigate the Internet in English has been largely reduced for the Thai community. This is made possible with the introduction of Unicode to represent the special characters of languages which are not in alphabets. It is also the technical which made any IDN possible. As a result, contents on the Internet is increasingly available in local Thai with the introduction of Thai IDN. The below illustration shows the positive result of introducing a Thai IDN to the Thai community.

Individuals using the Internet (% of population) – Thailand

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Data from: The World Bank

It can be seen that the Internet adoption among the Thai community has increased at a strong momentum since the introduction of Thai IDN in 2010. There are many benefits in using a Thai IDN domain name as listed below.

The Benefits of Using a Thai IDN Domain Name

Localised and native Thai language

A Thai IDN domain name is in a localized Thai native language and makes browsing the Internet easier and friendlier for the Thai community. Its usage can speed up the take up rate for the Thai community to use and enjoy the convenience that the Internet offers in their everyday lives. Many of them are not proficient in English, which the Internet is mainly in, and this has become an obstacle for them. Therefore, the main benefit of using a Thai IDN domain name and Thai characters on the Internet is that the Thai community can enjoy the Internet more than ever, without language restrictions.

Unique and strongly distinguishable

Using a Thai IDN helps websites to stand out in the saturated Internet landscape, because Thai characters are unique and strongly distinguishable, compared to alphabets. A Thai IDN helps to attract the right target audience for businesses who are looking to interact with the Thai community. It helps businesses to resonate well with them and as a result, businesses have a higher probability to successfully capture the Thai market, regardless of what products or services they are offering. The benefit of using a Thai IDN domain name is to have a unique and strongly distinguishable domain name to attract Thai audience.

High name availability

In addition, the Thai IDN domain name space is also less saturated, resulting in a high name availability, if compared to other well-known domain extensions such as .COM, .ORG, .NET and others. People who try to register for a Thai IDN domain name will discover that their desired names can be easily registered, thus enjoying lesser worries about the domain name being taken and the need to come up with alternative names. Using popular keywords in the domain name is also more likely to success for businesses who want to target keywords of their industry, as the competition is lower. The benefit of using a Thai IDN .TW domain offers a high name availability for registrants and businesses.

Conclusion

A Thai IDN .TW domain name is beneficial to the Thai community of Internet users. It is in their native language, which will improve their overall Internet experience. It feels more familiar to them and it will definitely help to grow the number of Thai Internet users. It is also good for businesses who want to stand out on the Internet among the Thai community. It also has a higher name availability, making registration more likely to be successful.

The good news is we have reached a partnership with Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to offer free registration for a Thai IDN .TW domain name. For a limited time, we welcome any interested partners to register a Thai IDN .TW domain name for free. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our Thai partners or any interested partners to expand your service by offering this domain to your customers. It is literally zero cost for you and you can earn more profits. Quick, encourage your customers to register one now! 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, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected]

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar 9

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar

What is a Domain Registrar?

A domain registrar is a party which sells domain names and is responsible for handling everything about domain names. It plays an important role when it comes to any domain names transactions, namely registration, renewal and transfer. A domain registrar is responsible for submitting a domain name registration to a domain registry, and to ensure the successful domain name registration by an individual or a company.

Every website comes with a domain name. Therefore, starting a new website requires registering a domain name, and a domain registrar facilitates this essential process. Read more about what is a domain name and how it works here.

What Does a Domain Registrar Do?

As mentioned above, a domain registrar helps to update the domain name record managed by a domain registry. Every domain name has its corresponding registration data to keep track of who the owner is, and this data is stored in a database. A domain registry maintains the infrastructure for the database, and a domain registrar is charged with the task of updating the registry’s database on all domain name registrations, renewals and transfers.

When a user registers for a domain name, the domain registrar has to handle the process of creating or updating the info in the database of a domain registry. As part of the process, it is also required to provide all the tools for a user to perform any domain name related actions, such as searching for a domain name, availability of the domain name, renewal or transfer and also the financial transaction with the user, as well as to help users to maintain their domain name subscription over time.

A domain registrar usually allows users to do annual renewal of domain names and encourages them to register multi-year subscription for the domain names. A domain registrar also offers back end dashboard for users to perform management actions for their domain names. They can get an update on the status of their domain names, perform renewals, check billing and make configurations such as email reminders in the dashboard.

In summary, a domain registrar plays a vital role in the process of registering, renewing or transferring domain names. The experience of dealing with a reputable one and a lousy one can vary a lot and it is recommended to always choose a reputable domain registrar. Be sure to look out for the qualities below for a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar.

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar

ICANN Accredited

An important factor to consider when you are registering a domain name is to make sure the domain registrar is ICANN accredited. ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and it is the organisation in charge of regulating the domain name industry. Having this qualification is equivalent to being certified by ICANN to perform everything related to domain names transactions. An ICANN accredited domain registrar has to abide by ICANN’s prescribed rules and regulations to protect domain name buyers’ best interests. ICANN accredited is a sign of a trustworthy domain registrar.

Transparent Pricing Structure

Another factor to look out for is the pricing of the domain registrar. A quality and trustworthy domain registrar is transparent about the registration price, the transfer price and the annual renewal fee upfront. Most domain registrars will advertise a cheap first year registration price for their domain names, however users should check to be sure that they are also transparent about the transfer fee and annual renewal fee as well. A reliable and trustworthy domain registrar does not charge any hidden fees that is deliberately made unknown to users. It made sure that users are well-informed about the pricing structure before registering a domain name with them.

Full Domain Control

The next factor to look out for in a reliable and trusted domain registrar is that it allows users full control of their domains. As mentioned above in what does a domain registrar do, it usually provides users with a control panel that can let them perform management of their domains. They can easily and freely execute transactions for their domains such as renewal, transfer, forwarding, billing or any technical functions through the control panel. A good sign of a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is it offers this benefit to its customers, giving them full domain control.

Quick and Reliable Customer Support

In addition, another factor to look out for in a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is that it provides a strong customer support service. It ensures that support is easily available, quick and reliable. It also makes sure support can be reached through many different channels, such as live chat, email or social media, allowing customers to enjoy an easy and pleasant customer support experience anywhere online.  A reliable and friendly support team is in place to help solve any issues that might arise from their domain names. One way to distinguish a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is to go through its customer support experience to confirm it meets all the requirements above.

Extra Value-added Services

Last but not least, another factor to be considered as a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is to look at the extra value-added services it offers. Most of the reputable ones will usually offer these services to enhance their customers’ satisfaction. Some services that they offer include domain name privacy, security monitoring, expiry reminders, auto-renewals, email addresses, multi-year purchase option and more. A reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is serious in serving their customers and will almost always offer extra value-added services for free or at a minimal cost.

Conclusion

A domain registrar plays a crucial role in the process of registering, transferring or renewing domain names. Therefore, it is important to choose a reliable, reputable and trustworthy domain registrar. The customer experience can vary hugely, depending on their reputation and experience in the industry. To enjoy a great customer experience, make sure to select only a domain registrar that is ICANN accredited, has a transparent pricing structure, offers full domain control, has a quick and reliable customer support and offers extra value-added services.

In case you don’t know, WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We are confident that we meet these qualities and we are also regarded as a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar in the industry. We offer a wide range of domains and are looking for more partners to join us as a domain reseller. Are you interested in joining us? Let us assist you in growing your domain business!

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ 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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What is a Domain Name and How it Works?

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is an important part of a website URL. It acts like an address to a website on the Internet, just like an address to your physical house in the real world. In order to understand what is a domain name and the reason behind using it, we must first understand the concept of IP address.

The Internet is a giant network of computers connected with each other. The way to identify each device is through assigning a unique IP address to each of them. An IP address is a string of numbers separated by full stops, such as “104.20.73.209”. It acts as the address of a device on the Internet.

A website is hosted on a server (also a device connected to the Internet). Therefore, the server will have its own unique IP address. When a user uses a browser to visit a website, he/she needs to enter the IP address of the server hosting the website, so that it can establish a connection with it to load the website. However, this is not how it works as it is difficult for humans to remember a string of numbers. Furthermore, with more than 100 million of servers hosting billions of websites on the Internet, it is impossible for a human to remember millions of IP addresses.

For this reason, the domain name was introduced in order to solve this problem. It simplifies the process for users to visit their intended websites. Instead of remembering a string of numbers, it is easier to remember texts. It acts like a pointer to a specific IP address on the Internet. The below illustration shows the different parts of a website URL and where the domain name is.

A domain name

How Does a Domain Name Work?

When users enter the domain name in a browser, the browser connects to the Domain Name System (DNS), a global network of domain name servers located worldwide. The DNS is like a distributed database which stores domain names and their corresponding IP addresses. The requested domain name is then matched against the data in the DNS, and translated into an IP address. The browser then establishes a connection with the resulting IP address, which will then forward the initial browser request to the server hosting the intended website. The website server will then respond to the browser request and returns data to the browser to load the website for the users. An illustration below shows the entire process of how a domain name works.

how does a domain name work

Types of Domain

Aside from the common .COM websites you see on the Internet, there are actually many other types of domain names on the Internet. The type of domain name depends on the extension used by the domain name. There are two main categories of domain names, namely the generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) and the country code Top-level Domain (ccTLD). Below is a description of each category of domain name and some examples for your understanding.

Generic Top-level Domain (gTLD)

gTLD is as the name implies, a generic domain name. It can be registered by anyone from anywhere. The most commonly known gTLD is .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, and .INFO. There are also some other restricted gTLDs, reserved for specific uses, such as .GOV for government, .EDU for education institutes or .MIL for military. gTLD is not restricted to any geographical location or country. Anyone can register a gTLD, regardless of where they are. Examples include “facebook.com”, “wikipedia.org”, “slideshare.net” etc.

In recent years, the gTLD has expanded to include many newer gTLDs introduced by ICANN since 2013. Some examples of these new gTLDs include .BLOG, .ONLINE, .SHOP, .TECH, .XYZ and many more.

Country Code Top-level Domain (ccTLD)

ccTLD is a type of domain name that is restricted to a certain country or location. It uses the country codes standard as the extension like .MY, .SG, .UK etc. Therefore, ICANN assigns every country its own extension, and each country is given the authority to operate their own extension. Some countries open their ccTLD registration to the public, while most countries establish terms and conditions to register for their extension. As a result, ccTLD is the opposite of gTLD and registering it is subject to certain terms and conditions, and the process is more time-consuming. Usually, the conditions to register a ccTLD is that the registrant must be a citizen of the specific country or the business needs to be registered with the local governing body. Examples of ccTLD include “webnic.cc”, “redd.it”, “instagr.am”, “youtu.be” etc.

If you are interested, check out this list of the most popular ccTLDs by the number of domains registered here.

If you are still unsure about the difference between these two TLDs, click the link here to read more!

A Domain Name is not a Website or a Hosting

Another thing that many people are confused with is the difference between a domain name, a website and a hosting. Many people seem to think that they mean the same thing, but they are actually not.

A website is made up of many files which contain information and contents. These files work together to ensure that the website can be viewed when opened on a browser. They are crucial for a website to work, just like the components of a machine.

Next, we need a place to store these files. The place where the files are stored is called a server. Whenever a request comes in for the website, the server will respond to the request and load the files. For this, we call it a hosting service. You are essentially buying a hosting service to store your website’s files on a server, so that they can be loaded when there is a request for your website. This is hosting.

Lastly, the server that hosts our website files will have an IP address on the Internet. As mentioned in the section explaining how domain names work, we need a domain name to direct users to know how to find our website on the Internet.

Domain name, website and hosting are not the same, but all three of them are necessary for a website to work properly. They work together to deliver a website browsing experience to users. Note that you can buy domain name and hosting separately as two different services, but then you will need to do a bit of configuration to connect them.

How Does Domain Registration Work?

The domain registration process is facilitated through a few major parties, namely ICANN, a domain registry, a domain registrar and a domain reseller.

ICANN is the organisation solely in charge of maintaining and regulating the domain industry. It maintains and coordinates each top-level domain (TLD), while also taking care of security and stability of the domain root network and its infrastructure. ICANN appoints which party is in charge of managing the domain names records registered under each Top-level Domain (TLD).

The party appointed by ICANN is what we call a domain registry. It is in charge of managing all the domain names record in a database. According to the definition of a domain registry by ICANN, a domain registry is the party responsible for accepting domain name registration requests from registrars, maintaining a database of the necessary registration data associated with domain names, and providing name servers to publish the zone file data (e.g., the list of all the domain names and their associated IP addresses) throughout the Internet.

Next, a domain registrar is a qualified party, accredited by ICANN to perform domain names transactions, namely registration, renewal and transfer. To perform these processes, a domain registrar needs to meet strict requirements established and usually has an agreement with a domain registry. It usually needs to build and maintain infrastructure to connect with a domain registry to perform domain names transactions.

Finally, domain resellers are parties who deal with end users who are interested to buy a domain name. They are affiliated or under contract with registrars to promote the registrars’ products and services to end users. They are like the sales representatives of a domain registrar. We at WebNIC are currently looking to partner with more domain resellers. If you are interested to become a reseller, contact us at [email protected]. We offer a comprehensive web service solution reseller experience.

Conclusion

We hope this article has helped you to gain a better understanding on what is a domain name and how it works. If you are interested to join the domain industry and you are looking for a domain registrar to partner with, WebNIC is the perfect choice. We are a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We offer a wide range of domains to help you to become a domain reseller and grow your domain business with us. We also offer SSL certificate wholesale service, complete web security solution and digital brand management service.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ 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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.CC Domain – the ccTLD of Cocos (Keeling) Islands

.CC Domain – Register the ccTLD of Cocos (Keeling) Islands

.CC domain is the ccTLD of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a group of islands belonging to Australia which is situated in the Indian Ocean. However, it is open to the public and anyone can register a .CC domain. It was first introduced in the year 1997 and has more than 20 years of history. It currently ranks as one of the top 50 ccTLDs in terms of the number of domains registered, totalling 674,644 registrations, according to data from DomainTools as of the date of this article.

WebNIC is the first ICANN accredited registrar in Southeast Asia to offer .CC domain to the region. As the pioneer registrar of .CC domain in Southeast Asia, WebNIC’s official website is also using webnic.cc, in order to encourage and promote the use of .CC domain. This ccTLD is managed by eNIC, a subsidiary company under the world-renowned registry, VeriSign, who also manages the .COM and .NET extensions.

The Reasons to Choose a .CC Domain Name

1. .CC domain name offers website owners an opportunity to be creative with their website domain. They have more choices on their naming, and can possibly come up with a name which excites and catches the attention of users easily. They can incorporate creativity into their business’s domain name, ensuring that their website is memorable, catchy and easy to search for. For example, .CC can stand for commercial company, call centre, consulting company etc., endless possibilities! Below are some more examples:

Carpet Cleaning, Catholic Charity, Country Club, Classic Cars, Communications Center, Community College, Computer Center, Critical Care, Central Committee, Cybercafe, City Council, Chat Club and more!

2. .CC domain name also provides a higher success rate in registering for the desired website name which website owners originally intended. Name availability is higher in .CC, as compared to .COM, which is highly saturated. Website owners who succeed in registering their original intended domain name will find it easier to do branding for their businesses. They can proceed with their original marketing plan for branding without the need to adjust their marketing messages. It is beneficial for the business in the long run.

3. .CC domain name strengthens confidence of website owners and gives peace of mind to them. They know that it is operated by VeriSign, the registry behind .COM and .NET, and its service is reliable. Besides, we at WebNIC are also using .CC and is the first regional registrar that provides registration for .CC domain name. We are committed to provide the best support for all .CC registrants, as we are advocates of .CC and encourage website owners to register .CC domain.

Conclusion

.CC domain is a ccTLD which offers many benefits. It is suitable to be used by anyone, any companies or any entities. It can stand for many meaning and its usage is very vast. .CC domain name also stands out due to its unique context, and is favoured by many entities with a popularity that can match .COM and .NET. Its great usability in many different cases ensures memorability, attention catching and easy to type. Famous companies like Amazon, Intel and Coca-Cola have also registered their .CC domains. Promote .CC to your clients now!

 

WebNIC is proud to be the pioneer ICANN accredited registrar in promoting .CC domain. We are committed to offering the best service experience for .CC and worked hard to promote it in many regions. Now, .CC is available worldwide and well-knowned. Drop us an email at [email protected] or live chat with us to register .CC!

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ 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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.FANS is available at WebNIC from 24 February 2020!

.FANS is Available Soon From WebNIC on 24 February 2020!

We are excited to announce the offer of .FANS New generic Top-level Domain (gTLD), starting on 24 February 2020. It is a domain best used by businesses or public figures to build rapport with their fans community on the vast Internet landscape. It connects the business or celebrity with their fans community to establish a close relationship. The most obvious benefit of using .FANS is its ability in identifying an exclusive social group for an entity, which is the official home for fellow fans. Through using .FANS, fellow fans can connect and share their passion with each other. It is suitable to be used across industries like entertainment, gaming, technology, automobile, retail, media, sports and many more. Any entity with a fan base should definitely use .FANS to connect and maintain a warm relationship with the fans community on the Internet.

Why Choose .FANS?

1. The Internet has become an important channel to maintain a warm relationship with fans.

The Internet is now a platform for getting updates and catching up with news from celebrities and business brands. Many fans communities use the Internet to read the story and get updates from their favourite celebrities, influencers or businesses. It is important for public figures and businesses to maintain a close relationship with fans, as things move so fast nowadays and losing attention is very fast, too. .FANS is the perfect domain name for public figures and businesses to interact with fans continuously. It is crucial for branding and catching attention through .FANS is a recommended approach.

2. It is an excellent opportunity to gather fans online.

.FANS is the perfect domain name to gather fans online. It acts as an invitation to encourage fans to join the community and share their passion with each other. It is perfect for a group of people who share a universal love for a specific individual, business or hobby. .FANS brings fans together to gather online in a unique and exclusive social space on the Internet and can also be used to act as the official channel to release news and updates. Public figures, businesses or any entity with a fan base should choose a domain name with .FANS to establish and gather fans online!

3. Strong global exposure and exclusiveness

.FANS is an intuitive word and easily understood by the public. It provides the possibility of a strong worldwide exposure and a feeling of unique exclusiveness to a business or an individual. Having a .FANS domain shows that the entity is serious in building rapport with fans and strives to achieve a strong global presence. It also gives the opportunity to impart an inclusive feeling for the fans community of the entity. Fans will feel they are a part of the community, and enjoy the exclusivity feeling and increased loyalty to the entity. It is precisely why .FANS domain is the recommended choice for any businesses or individuals who place the importance of their fans as a priority.

Register .FANS With WebNIC

WebNIC .FANS will be available for registration starting from 24 February 2020. Drop us an email at [email protected] or live chat with us for any inquiry now!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ 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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