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When pigs can fly…

Ever wondered why the mascot of .CO is a piggy with wings?

.CO is more than just an ending for your URLIt all started in 2009, when the Colombian government issued a bid for the country code domain extension .CO. Juan Diego Calle, co founder, and former CEO of .CO Internet SAS, realized how hard it became to get a good short dot com domain name. Remember, it was 2009, and all the new TLDs were not even a blip on the internet radar. He had a ‘light bulb moment’ realizing that Colombia’s ccTLD could also mean “company”.

This was the base of their successful entry strategy, positioning .CO as a strong domain brand for young, challenging (internet) companies, entrepreneurs, and start-ups. Being a “hip” alternative for a .COM domain name.

As many start-ups, the fledgling registry met a lot of skepticism. It should be around that time that the people of CO Internet SAS were often told: “dot CO as an alternative for .COM? … Yeah when pigs can fly”. The people of .CO took the challenge, worked hard, and proved all naysayers wrong. Currently, over 1.8 million .CO domain names are registered, ranking the extension at number 21 of all TLDs.

And the flying pig? It became their charming mascot, a popular giveaway at all trade shows where .CO is represented. Now in 2015 .CO celebrates its fifth anniversary, congratulations on a job well done, and keep flying high!

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Your brand information in .nl whois

From June 10, your reseller company name and address will be listed in the .nl whois for new registrations. In the near future, all existing .nl registrations will be updated with this information. This will improve your company’s visibility. You may choose to opt out completely, but only for compelling reasons. Please send us your opt-out application by email before June 5.

Brand information
Realtime Register is accredited  SIDN registrarYou can use multiple brands for your account, and define per contact which brand should be listed. Perhaps now is a good time to check and update your brand information in the Domain Manager. Besides the onscreen help text, we have an extensive branding manual available for you .

If you have any questions about brand information in the .nl whois, please contact the support team.

 

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Your Gateway into Russia

A map of countries where Russian is widely spoken.
Countries where Russian is widely spoken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is the ninth most populous country in the world, and its vast, unequalled landmass has boggled minds for centuries. Russia has always been a force to be reckoned with, and offers an interesting entrepreneurial potential. Yet only a handful of registrars worldwide has access to over 146 million potential Russian internet users. Therefore, we are quite proud to announce that we now meet all the requirements, and may call ourselves your official .RU registrar!

This limitedness is hardly surprising, considering the .RU registry’s strict demands. If you want to access the Russian market, there are quite a few hurdles to overcome.

Firstly, to name some, you must have a fixed and certified Russian address. The past years, we have been to great lengths to set up shop in a beautiful residence overlooking the magnificent city of Moscow. As the .RU bureau is not very commercially inclined, we have had to put in quite some negotiation time and efforts. The premise in turn must meet specific requirements, all under strict and lengthy scrutiny of the Russian officials.

Secondly, you must be able to offer Russian language support. As this poses quite a challenge for the average registrar, we have had to adapt our website, recruit a full Russian team of service desk employees, and train them in to our rules of conduct. But we managed!

It would be too much to describe all the requirements in great detail. What matters most for you, is that we now meet them. And you can take full advantage:

1. Exclusive access to a market of more than 146 million customers.
2. Easy domain registering and transferring process; no administrative bother.
3. Professional Russian language support.
4. An office and staff in the economic heart of the country.
5. Very competitive pricing!

If you had been waiting for an opportunity, now is your time to grab it with both hands.

Newsletter February 4 2014

Sales promotion for .INFO
Starting February 4, the prices for .info creates are reduced for our reselling customers. Make use of this great sales opportunity; create your own offer for your customers and increase your sales. This special Realtime Register price reduction for .info ends on June 30th 2014.

The .info TLD is a valuable cross sell option; in most cases your customer’s desired domain name is still available for .info.

Please note; the price reduction is for new domain creates only, renewals and transfers are at your regular price.

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Price change for .NET
VeriSign, the registry for the .net TLD, recently announced a price increase. Because of this price increase, Realtime Register will change the .net prices effective March 1, 2014. The effect for your prices specifically, has been / will be sent to the admin e-mail address of your account.

Price change for .BE
DNSBE, the registry for the country code .be TLD, recently announced a price increase. Because of this price increase, Realtime Register will change the .net prices effective March 1, 2014. The price increase at Realtime Register will be EUR 0.60 fixed. The effect for your prices specifically, has been / will be sent to the admin e-mail address of your account.

Price change .CH &. LI
Switch, the registry for the country codes .ch and .li TLDs, recently announced a price decrease. Because of this price decrease, Realtime Register will change the .ch and .li prices effective March 1, 2014. The effect for your prices specifically, has been / will be sent to the admin e-mail address of your account.

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.RU reaches 4 million domains milestone

The Russian registry, ccTLD RU, announced that .RU reached the  4 million domains milestone. It took the Russian Registry two years to reach 4 million domain names registrations. ccTLD RU crossed the 3 million barrier on september 25, 2010.

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On may 13, 2010 the Russian registry released the IDN TLD .РФ wich reached 1 million registrations within eleven months after it was launched.

.RU currently holds the 4th position in list of biggest ccTLD’s after .DE, .UK  and. NL with a little over 15 million domains for .DE, over 10 million for .UK and over 5 million domains for .NL.

For more statistics regarding .RU you can visit the following url : http://statdom.ru/

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