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Important software still not recognizing new domain names.
Registrants of second level domain names under new TLDs such as .photography and .tattoo are learning firsthand about the issue of Universal Acceptance.
The term refers to systems not recognizing new top level domain names for what they are, and thus not being compatible with domain names ending in new monikers such as .holdings.
And while the issue is toughest on non-Latin top level domains, it still affects all new domains.
Twitter recently started recognizing some new domain names and automatically converting such web addresses to links.
Yet hurdles remain. Apple’s Safari browser still doesn’t recognize sites like nic.sexy as web addresses when typed in the address bar, at least on many devices. It appears they are only recognized if you type in http:// first.
If you click a link to a new domain it will work (since links have http://) but otherwise it takes you to a search results page.
The same goes for my Android device. The browser doesn’t recognize these domains unless I type http:// before the domain name.
These issues will slowly be resolved, but it places users of these new domains at a disadvantage for now.
Covering the domain name industry since 2005.
Domain Name Wire celebrated its ninth anniversary over the weekend.
I’d like to take this occasion to thank all of Domain Name Wire’s loyal readers. Publishing a blog is only fun when there’s an engaged audience. Many of you take the time to comment and interact with posts. Many others tell me personal stories about how DNW has helped them grow their business, sell a domain name or clarify their strategy. Whether you comment regularly or just read the content, I appreciate your continued readership.
None of this would be possible without the support of sponsors. I’d like to thank every company that has advertised on Domain Name Wire throughout the past nine years. I was just looking through the Screenshots.com archive and saw that many of today’s advertisers have been with the site for many, many years. Sedo has been a continuous advertiser for 8 years, for example. Thanks to all of you.
If I can ask just one favor on this ninth birthday of Domain Name Wire, it would be that you take 5 minutes to complete the 9th annual Domain Name Wire survey. Your opinions about what’s going on in the domain name industry matter, and it will help shape what I write about in the year to come.
Here are photos from Domain.com’s party in Austin Saturday night and the .CO HQ.
Domain.com threw a party in conjunction with Public Interest Registry (PIR) Saturday night in Austin at the SXSW festival.
A steady cold rain didn’t keep people away. In fact, it may have drawn them to the relative comfort and warmth of dancing in a tent.
For the second year in a row the party featured 80s cover band The Spazmatics. Drinks included “The Domain Fire” and the “Refresh-ORG”.
On the other side of downtown, .CO had a continuously packed house at its pop-up HQ in a storefront attached to the W Hotel. The .CO HQ was open from Friday through Sunday and featured visits by John Battelle, Gary Vaynerchuk, and .co users Backplane and DJ Skee.
Here are some pictures from the .CO HQ:
Company appears to be ditching the DNS.com domain name.
File this one in the strange moves category…
Comodo acquired DNS.com – which was founded by people in the domain name business – back in 2011.
They changed the overall branding to include the Comodo name but kept using the DNS.com domain name. Now they’re doing something that is rather odd: they seem to be ditching the DNS.com domain name altogether in favor of DNSbyComodo.com:
Michele Neylon writes that he recently received an email from the company about needing to change the nameservers to DNSbyComodo.net as well.
I realize Comodo is a strong brand, but there must be something more going on here than just wanting to include “Comodo” in the domain name. Is the company planning to do something else with DNS.com, perhaps sell it?
.Photos easily outpaces three other domain names that reverted to regular pricing yesterday.
Four more new top level domain names from Donuts launched with regular pricing yesterday: .Photos, .Careers, .Shoes, and .Recipes.
.Photos led the others by a wide margin when it came to the initial hours of release. At the time the zone reports were published, .Photos had added 4,065 domain names to close at 4,509. Generally speaking, pre-registrations make up the bulk of adds in these “day one” zone files.
It’s important to note that zone files typically under report total registrations because they only include domain names with nameservers.
Donuts’ related domain name .photography now has over 25,000 registrations.
.Careers came in second place with 2,049 registrations to date. .Shoes has 1,527 and .Recipes just 999.
Three more of Donuts’ domain names are now in the Early Access Program phase: .cab, .limo, and .domains. Pre-orders for these three domains will be executed on March 12, which is the first day of regular pricing.