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The most important institutions in the domain business: The big domain glossary part 4

What are the most important organizations in the domain business? What other organizations play a no role in domains? To answer these questions, we introduce you to the most important institutions around domains in part 4 of our blog series.

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What is Domain Name Collision?

Domain Name Registration

An important issue to understand with regards to top-level domain registration is the topic of Name Collision. According to the Internet Cooperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a name collision occurs “when an attempt to resolve a domain name in a private name space results in a query to the public Domain Name System (DNS). When the administrative boundaries of both the private and public namespaces overlap, name resolution may yield unintended results.”

To better explain the definition above, consider the following example: Your company could have an internal server for employees in New York City, with an internal host name called 123.storage.nyc. Employees can access this network internally, but when the official .NYC top-level domain (TLD) becomes available and someone else registers the name storage.nyc, the employees’ Web browser does not know where to send the request– to the internal server, or the external domain name.

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Wrap-up of this week’s top articles from the 1&1 Blog

Most Popular Blog Posts

To catch you up on this week’s most popular 1&1 blog posts, we discussed the processes ICANN has in place should a domain registry go bankrupt, security features of Plesk 12, Facebook advertising, hot topics in Web design, and SysAdmin Day.

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More than 150 New Top-Level Domains Now Available for Immediate Registration from 1&1!

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This week 1&1 Internet has launched eight new top-level domains (TLDs) potentially relevant for the US market for immediate registration. This brings the total number of available new TLDs above 150!

Check out the 1&1 Domain Showroom which allows browsing of all new TLDs available, as well as provides valuable information on upcoming domain names.

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The Backup Plan Your Domain Can’t Live Without

The Backup Plan Your Domain Can’t Live Without

Domain owners have enough to think about without worrying about the back-end operation of their online property. After all, that is someone else’s business, right? In fact, it is. It’s the business of a domain registry (which is different from a registrar like 1&1).

But, what would happen if a domain registry goes bankrupt? Should the owner of a top-level domain then fear for their website address? Don’t worry: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for the assignment of names and addresses on the Internet, has an emergency plan up its sleeve for such cases.

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1&1 Attends ICANN50 in London

ICANN50

This week, 1&1’s domain experts had the opportunity to attend ICANN50 in London. ICANN, or The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers holds meetings three times per year, and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about developments with Internet policy, attend workshops and open forums, and more.

The second meeting of the year, held at the central Hilton London Metropole Hotel, ICANN50 proved to be the largest meet-up yet, welcoming over 3,000 attendees from all across the globe. Open to everyone interested and affected by the work of the organization, the meetings provide international participation and discussion for the Domain Name System and the global Internet community.

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.CAB, .LIMO, and .DOMAINS are Now Available for Registration from 1&1

The newest generic top-level domains just launched today. A total of 32 new gTLDs are now available from 1&1, with more launching every week. Visit the 1&1 domain portal (http://www.1and1.com/new-top-level-domains) to register:

.CAB

.LIMO

.DOMAINS

Internet users can now take advantage of a customized Web address under these top-level domains for their particular business or interest. As always, if a customer has pre-registered any of these names with 1&1, they are given priority registration as the domains are officially launched today. No other 1&1 customer can choose that pre-registered name.

Customers who register these or any other new gTLDs can easily link their new domain name to an existing website. .CAB and .DOMAINS can be registered for just $19.99 for the first year, and .LIMO can be registered for $39.99.

Stay informed of the many new gTLDs to come by visiting the 1&1 domain portal (http://www.1and1.com/new-top-level-domains) for important news and information.

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How trademarks are protected in the new gTLD launch process

The protection of trademarks and copyrights is a cornerstone of the entire new gTLD integration process. The Internet Association for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has gone to great lengths in working with the Intellectual Property community as well as with providers such as 1&1 Internet to implement new procedures to make protecting trademarks easier for companies. There is a new ‘Trademark Clearing House’, which provides a centralized vetting of trademarks that is applied to all new gTLD Sunrise applications, and will make securing a domain name including their relevant trademark easier for businesses. 1&1 will not register attempts to cybersquat on any known trademarks, and comply completely with the protection processes in place.

Trademark protection mechanisms are also in place with the registries. For example, for the first 90 days of a domain launch, ICANN requires registries to supply a Trademark Claims Period, in which certified trademark holders will be notified of any attempts to register their names – allowing them forewarning of any issue. Further, the person registering the domain name that could potentially infringe against these trademark rights is also shown a warning that a trademark exists.

In practice, this means that when registrars like 1&1 provide new gTLDs to the market, as we did last week with .bike, .clothing, .guru, .plumbing etc, the procedures in place successfully prevent domains that relate to trademarks or trademark terms from being registered to cybersquatters. Whilst a cybersquatter can indeed make a pre-registration attempt, the processes in place will prevent the vast majority of cybersquatting attempts from ever being successful.

As with any new domain launch, many businesses will be motivated to purchase in order to protect themselves from cybersquatting or infringement. However, there is certainly no need to panic – simply begin to research which domains would make sense to apply for in the short and long terms.

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The Importance of Registering Multiple TLDs

As most business owners understand, one of the first steps to establishing an online presence for a company is the selection of a domain name. As one of the most important elements of your website, the domain name is what your current and potential customers use to find your website on the internet. One part of this element that might not be as obvious to small business owners is the need to register your domain under multiple top-level domains (TLDs) such as .com, .org, or .co.

The reason one might want to register the same name under more than one TLD is for brand protection. For instance, if your company is called Example Company, your audience will type “ExampleCompany” into their Web browser, but could guess “ExampleCompany.com” when your website is actually at “ExampleCompany.net.”

By registering a domain name with several TLDs, you can capture the most amount of traffic while protecting your brand at the same time. Even though you can redirect all of the names back to the same website, simply having multiple domains prevents other people from registering them, and makes it easier for visitors to find you.

This has been common practice by businesses for several years, but lately the domain namespace has become very crowded, especially in the most popular .com TLD. Due to how many names are registered with .com every day, it has become progressively harder to get a name that is short and memorable.

Fortunately, with the introduction of many new TLDs being released in the next few years, the options for small business owners will increase. With more specific industry and geographic TLDs such as .restaurant or .miami, you can register your business name under a brand new TLD, and have a much better chance of it being available.

Even if you already have the name you want under a .com and other traditional TLDs, it is worthwhile to consider which new TLDs make the most sense to register for your business, so that you can continue to protect your brand. Check out 1&1’s pre-registration portal at http://www.1and1.com/new-top-level-domains.

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The Long Way to the New Domain Extensions

Soon over 700 new domain extensions will be available. Instead of the traditional .com, businesses and individuals will be able to register domain names with extensions like .web, .shop, .restaurant, .hotel, and many more. This provides new opportunities for businesses and will change the internet landscape for the better. The process to launch new Top-Level domains (TLDs) has been in movement for years; here we’ll summarize some of the key milestones.

ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is the governing body responsible for developing programs and ensuring that all regulations are followed in regards to new and existing domains and the entire domain name system around the world. ICANN first identified the need for new TLDs and began working on a development process in 2005.

The development process continued for over two years. In that time ICANN staying true to its multi-stakeholder model, held discussions with thought leaders, decision makers, and other interested stakeholders from all areas of the internet community – including governments, societies, and technology enthusiasts. Their goal was to combine the feedback from all influencers to create specific policy recommendations for moving forward with the roll-out of new TLDs.

After much deliberation, ICANN adopted 19 policy recommendations in 2008. This marked a significant milestone on the way to launching new TLDs because it allowed for a structured approach for the continuation of the development process. The policies also laid the ground-work necessary to create the first draft versions of the Applicant Guidebook.

Much like the first policies, drafts of the Applicant Guidebook were reviewed by key stakeholders to ensure a cohesive vision was crafted. After all questions and needs of the various communities were addressed, the Guidebook was approved in 2011. At this point, the New TLD Program was finally able to begin. Entities were permitted to apply as registries for new TLDs as of January 2012.

In less than one year, over 1,900 applications were received for new TLDs. ICANN then worked to prioritize the applications for evaluation and processing throughout the next phases of the launch process. Applicants faced string contention, meaning multiple companies applied for the exact same TLD, and other objections on the path to approval, which is still on-going. It’s not yet known precisely when each new TLD will be available to purchase – the roll-out is expected to start in mid-January 2014 and continue over the next few years. Even though there are still some milestones to pass before the new TLDs are fully launched, it is possible to choose from over 700 new TLDs and pre-reserve domain names with 1&1 for free, without obligation.

When new TLDs are approved, and pricing plus terms and conditions are established, it will be possible to pre-register specific domain names. Allowing for a speedy registration as soon as the domain is available, pre-registrants provide payment information and enter a binding agreement to ensure their desired domain is awarded. Currently, pre-registration is available for 30 new TLDs:

.GURU
.PLUMBING
.VENTURES
.BIKE
.SINGLES
.HOLDINGS
.CLOTHING
.UNO
.MENU
.LUXURY
.BUILD
.ACCOUNTANT
.DATE
.DOWNLOAD
.FAITH
.LOAN
.MEN
.REVIEW
.SCIENCE
.TRADE
.WEBCAM
.WIN
.BID
.CAMERA
.PHOTOGRAPHY
.GALLERY
.ESTATE
.EQUIPMENT
.LIGHTING

Stay up-to-date about developments in the new TLD process, pre-register and pre-reserve new domain names at http://www.1and1.com/new-top-level-domains. As a recognized partner of ICANN with over 20 years of experience in the domain industry, 1&1 is well placed to help customers obtain their desired domain and currently holds over 4 million pre-reservations for new TLDs.

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