January TLD update

As we start to see the first gTLD ‘Sunrise’ periods coming to an end in the next few months, NetNames provides an update on the latest domain name news.

.Asia Domains Now Available on Sedo.com
DotAsia has completed ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Landrush’ phases, and has now commenced a public auction for remaining one and two character .Asia domains.

How A Premium Domain Can Benefit Business
The .au registry has published a case study in which a business bought a premium domain, refreshed its brand and saw an immediate increase in website traffic and customers, a decrease in marketing spend, 40 per cent reduction in ad word spend, and overall growth of 60 per cent. 

Versign Trumpets .COM For Global Businesses
CcTLDs are great for businesses operating within their home country, but Verisign has reiterated that for those looking further afield, it is usually best to select a domain name extension that people are globally familiar with, like .com and .net.

Germany Has Most .EU Registrations
According to the latest EURid Quarterly Progress Report for Q3 2013, Germany has close to 1.127 million .eu registrations, followed by the Netherlands with around 489,000 and then France and the United Kingdom with 344,000 and 328,000 respectively.

Courts, Royal Family Gain Own Second Level .UK Domains
Nominet announced it has delegated a number of new second level .uk domain names to various arms of the Royal Family and the courts: royal.uk, princeofwales.uk, supremecourt.uk and jcpc.uk. The new domains allow institutions to move away from .gov.uk.

.VN Fastest Growing South East Asian ccTLD
With over 90,000 new registrations, the Vietnamese ccTLD had the most new registrations of any South East Asian country in the first 11 months of 2013.