Must-know Domain Name Rules When Registering One 1

Must-know Domain Name Rules 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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.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

.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].

Read Part 2 here:

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.bond is a Premium Domain for Financial or Relationship

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].

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.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].

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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]

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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]

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