April TLD Round-up

Please see below for our latest overview of news from the domain name universe:

.BERLIN Off To Flying Start With Record gTLD Registration Numbers

The German capital’s TLD achieved 31,757 registrations on its first day of General Availability, according to nTLDstats.com. Currently there are over 46,000 registrations, making it the second largest of the new gTLDs behind .guru.

Registrars Satisfied With EURid

EURid’s 2013 Registrar Satisfaction Survey found that, when asked “does a .eu domain name add value to the registrar’s organization and to that of their customers?”, over three-quarters (77%) said yes for trans-border companies, almost half (46%) for SMEs and just over half (54%) for public authorities.

.EU Renewal Rate Tops 80% In 2013: EURid Report

On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

Nominet Formalizes Approach To Tackling Criminal Activity On .UK Domains

The revised terms and conditions published by Nominet expressly prohibit any .uk domains being used to carry out criminal activity. It means that Nominet can quickly suspend a domain name when alerted to its use for criminal activity by the police or other law enforcement agencies.

Nominet Introduces Domain Lock For .UK Domains

Nominet has introduced a Domain Lock, a tool to allow locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level, which adds an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.

New gTLD Launches

New gTLDs currently entering their Sunrise phases are: .bar, .bet, .bio, .blackfriday, .book, .college, .feedback, .green, .hiphop, .ink, .memorial, .nyc,.organic, .press, .radio, .red, .rest, .rich, .shiksha, .show, .space, .tattoo, .team, .tirol and .website.