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Major shift coming to .uk namespace.
Under the approved plan, second level .uk domain names (e.g. example.uk) will be available for registration at a wholesale price of £3.50 for single year registrations and £2.50 for multi-year registrations.
Owners of existing third level .co.uk domain names will get first rights to the matching second level .uk domain names. Nominet will reserve the equivalent second level domain name for five years. The .co.uk domain owner can claim the matching second level domain name at any time during this period. The right is with the domain name, not the current registrant, so the right is transferable if a domain name changes hands.
To prevent gaming, this only applies to .co.uk domain names that were registered as of 11:59 pm on October 28, 2013.
Registrants of .org.uk and other third level domain names will not get secondary rights to the .uk domain name if the .co.uk registrant doesn’t opt to register the domain name. However, if no matching .co.uk was registered as of October 28, then the first right goes to the .org.uk owner.
93% of third level .uk domain names are .co.uk domain names, according to Nominet. In only 4% of cases is a third level domain registered under more than one second level .uk domain name.
The original second level proposal by Nominet didn’t give priority to current third level .uk nameholders, and also proposed a wholesale price of £20 per year.
Although I suspect many .co.uk owners will opt to register the shorter .uk domain names, it will be interesting to see what they do with them. Changing to the second level domain will be like moving your site to an entirely different domain name in the eyes of Google. That’s not easy and has search engine repercussions. Perhaps Google will design a system to make it easier for customers to make the transition. Otherwise, .co.uk owners might want to just forward the shorter domain to their existing .co.uk domain.
Want to invest in new TLDs through the stock market? Here are some options.
On Friday I wrote about how Top Level Domain Holdings’ stock shot up 25% on news of the contract signing for the .London top level domain name.
TLDH, which trades on the London AIM under TLDH, has seen its shares nearly triple since early October. The company is a pure-play new TLD applicant.
There are other public companies you can invest in if you want to bet on the success of new top level domain names.
CentralNic – CentralNic floated on the London AIM (CNIC) in early September. Compared to its opening price on September 2, the stock closed Friday up 74% in just over two months. The company is best known for offering third level domain names, but it is also the backend registry behind 60 different new TLD applications. Although not as pure-play as TLDH, its success will depend a lot on the success of new TLDs.
Tucows – Domain name registrar Tucows (TCX) is the rare public company that has already profited handsomely from new TLDs. It did this by striking deals to abandon its applications. Its stock shot up after pocketing around $3 million from dropping its bids for .marketing and .media. The company also holds a minority interest in the contested .online, .group, .tech and .store applications. Regardless of if its on the winning teams for these domains and how they do, Tucows can benefit from new TLDs as a domain name registrar.
Demand Media – Demand Media (DMD) is getting ready to spin off its domain name businesses into a new company called Rightside. If you want a piece of Rightside, for now you’re also going to have to buy into Demand’s content business. Rightside is positioned to profit from new TLDs in several ways. First, it’s an applicant. Second, it’s the backend registry provider for Donuts’ domain names, and can participate in about 100 of them. Third, it owns domain name registrars (eNom, Name.com) that will profit from selling new TLDs. Finally, its NameJet service is handling auctions for some new TLDs.
Web.com – Web.com (WWWW) owns Network Solutions and Register.com, as well as a piece of the aforementioned NameJet. Its registrars will benefit from registrations of new TLDs.
Verisign – If you believe new TLDs are going to shift the namespace away from .com, Verisign is a stock you might want to short. The company has a nifty business as the .com registry. It’s also the backend registry for several hundred new TLD applications, but almost all of them are .brand applications.
(Note: I do not have positions in any of these stocks, unless it’s through a mutual fund.)
TLDH on fire as new top level domain names get closer to reality.
Shares in Top Level Domain Holdings skyrocketed 25% today after the company announced ICANN had signed the contract for the .london top level domain name. TLDH is the backend registry for .london.
Shares in TLDH were up 3.62 pence to 17.88 pence on the London Stock Exchange. There were also two “price monitoring extensions”. This extension is “activated when the matching process would have otherwise resulted in an execution price that is a pre-determined percentage above or below the price of the most recent automated execution today.”
Of course, the .london contract signing should not come as a surprise to anyone who follows ICANN and the new TLD program. So the share jump seems to be more about new people becoming aware of .london and who might profit from it.
The 25% jump is impressive, but nothing compared to a five week look at the stock. Had you bought TLDH shares in early October, you’d have a 275% gain since then.
Hansen will join team offering third level domain registrations under co.com.Three well known people in the domain name industry have teamed up to offer domain name registrations under co.com, e.g. name.co.com.
Ken Hansen has resigned his position at Neustar to join the new venture as CEO. Paul Goldstone (who owned the second level domain co.com) will be President and Gregg McNair (Igloo.com) will be Chairman.
This is rather shocking news about Hansen, who has led many of Neustar’s new top level domain name efforts. He is resigning just before they come to fruition.
Domain registrations under .co.com will be third level domain names, similar to many of those offered by CentralNic. The idea of a third level registration with “co” is nothing new; sixty-one countries currently offer domain names ending in “co.countrycode” such as co.uk and co.jp, with registrations for those extensions totaling over 11 million, according to co.com.
As a result, many subdomains of co.com already receive traffic.
The domain name is sure to cause some confusion with .co, and perhaps even the “legacy” com.co addresses. .Co uses Neustar for its registry.
Co.com has not finalized its backend registry provider yet. It hopes to launch in Q1 2014.
Did you really mean to go to nic.tattoo?
New top level domain names are being delegated to the root, but Google Chrome wants to make sure you really meant to type them in.
Here’s what happens when you type one of these new domain names into Chrome:
It defaults to a Google search for “nic.newtld”, and you have to click a link to go to the actual web address.
You only have to click the link once and then you don’t get the message when you visit the domain again. I’m sure this is temporary until the domains become more widespread.
Another interesting thing when going through this exercise: type in nic as the second level domain for many of Donuts’ delegated domains, and it lands on a parking page at Searchezy.com or goes through a zero-click site.