Our friends at domaingang.com have a wry finger on the pulse of the domain industry. In celebration of the birthday of DomainTools board member Ammar Kubba, we didn’t put Ammar’s handsome mug in the place of our “gear” logo as they portray. But it’s got us thinking about it… Happy birthday, Ammar! The DomainTools Team […]
Answer: a (legal in the UK) betting site apparently owned by BSkyB that is temporarily suspended as a result of ICANN’s new Registrar agreement. As has been widely discussed in industry circles this morning, and reported on a number of other blogs, this is the first site of note that has fallen victim to the […]
2014 is going to be a big year for the domain industry, driven in large part by the advent of new gTLDs. My friend Richard Lau is ringing in the new year by putting on the largest domain name conference in recent memory, this week in Las Vegas. DomainTools will be there and I encourage […]
As has been widely publicized, yesterday, August 27, a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked into the MelbourneIT registrar and gained access to the registrar account of some very important clients including Twitter and the New York Times. DomainTools got some free publicity out of that as the initial announcement by the perpetrators used a DomainTools Whois record screenshot as evidence of the compromise. People (including many journalists) have been asking us what we know about the incident and, specifically, if the SEA did indeed get control of those domains. So we wanted to clear a few things up.
The launch of .PW has received a great deal of attention because it can indicate the kind of reception new gTLDs may receive.
All too often the Support Team here at DomainTools receives disconcerting stories from registrants who have no control over their domain names or websites. What is entirely surprising is how many registrants shift control of their business’ domain and/or website to outside resources without building a solid understanding as to how to manage their own domain assets.
With many trustworthy Registrars in today’s domain registration marketplace, with their volumes of Help and Support knowledge resources, it is mind boggling at times that people still blindly trust others to handle what may very well be one of their most crucial business decisions.
I have found that there are five basic tips that can be useful, to even the most novice domain registrants:
With the news not too long ago that Republican Jack Abramoff is fighting to get control of jackabramoff.com
from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, I thought I’d take a look at the always tricky
subject of domain names used in politics.
Last week, I explained how simple it can be to gain insight into companies’ product plans by using DomainTools to track the domain names they register. If you’ve been using our services to do that for a long time, you’ll have no doubt noticed that every company has a different strategy, in terms of how, and more importantly when, they register domains related to new and upcoming offerings.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest names in mobile computing, for example. Just last week news emerged that Blackberry maker Research In Motion had registered over 300 domains for its new Curve phones. The list of domains covered a broad range of extensions, as well as variations using hyphens, abbreviations and additional keywords including the scary “sucks” suffix.
With the launch of .xxx domain names coming soon, I thought now would be a good time to address an important topic sometimes overlooked by domain buyers: how to avoid accidentally purchasing a domain that was once used for pornography.
Almost as long as the web has been around, companies have been selling content filtering software. Parents and network admins can use it to stop their kids, employees or users from accessing inappropriate web sites at work and at home, or in colleges, schools and libraries.