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07|31|2013 07:34 pm EDT

New gTLD applicant Radix launches Photo Contest for Registrars

by Frank Michlick in Categories: new gTLDs, Up to the Minute

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Radix Registrar Contest

It appears that the registry operators for new gTLDs have started the courting for registrars with some marketing efforts. DirectI’s Radix registry has launched a photo contest for registrars to find the best pictures representing one of their 29 new gTLD applications. The twist? The photos are to be shot with a Polaroid camera that will be provided to the registrar teams by the registry. The winning registrar will receive $1,000 USD for a day out/party. Registrars have to submit their photos by September 10, 2013.

[hat tip to Jean Guillon]

07|31|2013 11:34 am EDT

eNom & DreamHost Announce Hosting and Domain Partnership

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Registrars

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Kirkland, Washington – July 31, 2013eNom, Inc. and DreamHost, today announced a strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the agreement, DreamHost will utilize the eNom reseller platform to manage its existing domain name business and new gTLDs as they become available. Additionally, eNom will provide its clients access to the DreamHost hosting platform including virtual private servers (VPS), dedicated servers, and cloud hosting. DreamHost will remain an ICANN accredited registrar.

 “Our entrepreneur, designer and developer customers are passionate about being on the cutting edge of Internet technology and trends,” said Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost.  “The new gTLD domain name extensions launching this year, including .web, .shop, and even .ninja, are exciting opportunities to build new brands and web channels for customers and eNom enables us to deliver the whole enchilada!”

 “This partnership is the organic next step for both of our businesses,” said Chris Sheridan, Vice President of Business Development for eNom. “Over the past ten years we’ve built out the industry’s best wholesale domain registrar. More than 8,800 resellers have registered 14 million domain names on this platform. This partnership is a great step toward our goal of continuing to serve our clients with hosting and cloud services up to the standards set by our domain products.”

 This collaboration marks the two companies’ continued dedication to the launch of new gTLDs this year, which will give rise to the release of new domain extensions in a few short months. In an effort to support this new phase, eNom will begin to promote DreamHost’s services through its retail business by October 1, 2013.

 About eNom

eNom, Inc., is the world’s largest ICANN accredited wholesale domain name registrar. A part of the Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) family of companies, eNom makes it easy for individuals and organizations to buy and sell Internet domains and related services.  For more information about eNom, please visit

 About DreamHost

DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 375,000 customers and 1.25 million blogs, websites and apps hosted.  The company offers a wide spectrum of Web hosting and cloud services including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud computing service DreamCompute.  Please visit for more information.

[via Press Release]

07|15|2013 04:25 pm EDT

Lean Domain Search acquired by Automattic (WordPress)

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Tools

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As reported by The Next Web, Automattic, the company that runs WordPress has acquired Lean Domain Search. The founder of the site, Matt Mazur, will continue to work for working on domain name related features. Automattic became an ICANN accredited registrar in 2010, but is currently still selling domain names through a partner registrar (as far as I can tell). Lean Domain Search was first introduced on HackerNews in the beginning of 2012. The service was originally launched as Domain Pigeon in 2009. In between the service was run as a freemium solution, but the site was switched back to being free in May of this year.

According to an Interview published by Domain Name Wire, Matt Mazur had been approached by Matt Mullenweg about working for Automattic earlier, but wasn’t able to do so at the time. He recently revisited the idea and Automattic was still interested in hiring him.

TechCrunch also covered the purchase and here’s Matt Masur’s post about the deal, The purchase price was not revealed.

07|11|2013 11:44 am EDT

The Internet Architecture Board considers Dotless Domains Harmful

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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The Internet Architecture Board (IAB), which is a committee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a statement today that it considers Dotless domains, such as the proposed “SEARCH” by Google harmful and will not work together with currently used procedures. As the statement explains:

Unfortunately, dotless domains will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases. As recommended by IETF standards track RFCs, existing deployed systems apply a search list to single-label names prior to attempting to resolve them. As a result, the resolution of dotless domains depends on local configuration such as the search list. For example, in a location where “” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “”, whereas in a location where “” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “”.

Aside from the Google proposal for its application for ‘SEARCH’, apparently this practice currently is already used by some existing Top Level Domains according to the statement.

With this background the IAB issues the following recommendations:

  1. The IAB strongly recommends against considering, implementing, or deploying dotless domains.
  2. The IAB believes that dotless domains are inherently harmful to Internet security.
  3. Applications and platforms that apply a suffix search list to a single-label name are in conformance with IETF standards track RFCs. Furthermore, applications and platforms that do not query DNS for a TLD are in conformance with IETF standards track recommendations intended to minimize security vulnerabilities and reduce load on the root servers.

[Hat tip to Michele Neylon of Blacknight, IAB Statement]