This newsletter was sent Tuesday, May 24, 2016

profitable growth

Securing profitable growth for our partners is always on top of the agenda at Realtime Register. Keeping track of the latest developments in the domain business is an important part of this objective. Curious which topics are keeping us busy this month? Check out the latest news below.

Registrar Gateway

One platform for your own accreditations

There is nothing so constant as change itself – a true fact in the domain name registration business. Each TLD has its own set of requirements and compliance rules change on a regular basis. This forces registrars to constantly adjust their domain management system.

Now picture a situation where your developers wouldn’t have to spend hours of their valuable time figuring out how to incorporate the ever-changing list of new rules and regulations. And, instead of having to work with multiple domain registration systems, you could use one complete platform for… well, everything!

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The Registrar Gateway does exactly that and more. One platform for managing all of your accreditations, one platform that takes care of ICANN requirements such as WDRP, ERRP and Registrant Verification, one platform for realtime domain name registries… The Registrar Gateway is an all-in-one solution for all your reselling needs.

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Boost your domain name business

At Realtime Register, we are working hard to become a “one stop domain shop” for every TLD out there. Did you know that we’ve added over a 100 new TLDs since April?

For instance, .ROCKS is ideal for attracting musicians looking for a brand that will literally help them stand out from the crowd. Or how about using .SOCIAL as a conversation starter – ideal for hosting forums, viral campaigns, and other social groups. In a world where breaking news and events are part of everyday life, .LIVE is great for attracting people who want to share the moment on the World Wide Web. Looking for the perfect multinational domain name? The possibilities of .GLOBAL are endless!

.vlaanderen and .brussels
We recently added two special geographical TLDs: .vlaanderen and .brussels. These new generic TLDs are great for increasing add-on sales, especially for our resellers in Belgium. The same rules apply to these TLDs as to all other generics. Contact your customers from Belgium and offer these extensions. A great cross-sell opportunity!

New Country Code TLDs
Check out the overview below for several new ccTLDs – ideal for connecting with customers in specific locations.
Country: TLD(s):
Portugal .pt .com.pt .edu.pt .org.pt
Mexico .mx .com.mx .org.mx
Singapore .sg .com.sg
Norway .no .priv.no
Slovakia .sk
South Africa .co.za
Ireland .ie
Hungary .hu
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ICANN GGD Summit

As a domain expert, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of the technological and legal developments that are driving this industry. That’s why Realtime Register has attended the ICANN GGD Summit last week.

This summit had a different setup compared to regular ICANN meetings. The main difference was that this summit primarily focused on engaging contracted parties, i.e. registrars and registries and of course ICANN. This allowed the attendees to deal with topics that normally aren’t on the agenda, such as: the next round of gTLDs, Universal Acceptance and Awareness of TLDs, and the Healthy Domains Initiative.

Check out our latest blog for some background information regarding some of the sessions that were on the menu. We’ll post a review of the summit shortly.
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The ICANN GDD summit 2016 kicks off in Amsterdam, May 16-19, 2016

Not your usual suspects

This summit has a different setup compared to regular ICANN meetings. The main difference is that only the contracted parties will be engaging, i.e. Registrars and Registries and of course ICANN, allowing us to deal with topics that normally aren’t on the agenda.

English: This is a logo for ICANN. Magyar: ICA...

English: This is a logo for ICANN. Magyar: ICANN logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s on the menu?
A whole array of topics will be discussed during these three days. Let me give you a little background information regarding some of the sessions.

TLD & Universal Awareness, not to be confused with Universal Acceptance.
Reality has kicked in for the Registries: the registration projections for the new gTLDs have now been replaced by more realistic numbers and everyone agrees that the new gTLDs are in for the long haul. This session, led by the Domain Name Association (DNA), will discuss how we can all create more awareness.

New gTLDs: Getting to the next round
That’s right: there will be a next round. I predict that, somewhere around 2020, you can apply for new TLDs again. There is some talk that this round will be mostly used for brands to apply for their own TLD. On the other hand, ICANN warned 200 brand owners to move ahead with their TLDs as they have made zero progress in the current round. All things considered, it will be an interesting discussion for sure.

Healthy Domains Initiative (HDI)
Botnets, malware, phishing: abuse comes in many forms and is becoming a threat to our industry. The threat being that governments will try to get a grip on this. Governments are usually not technical driven organizations and, even worse, often do not understand technology. In my opinion this makes them the least likely candidate to deal with this “abuse” problem. In conclusion: we need to get ahead of this issue.

Universal Acceptance (UA)
In my opinion this might be the most important topic of the summit. Let me explain the issue with an example.

The TLD .SOCIAL suddenly became very popular in South America a year ago. A lot of people there registered .SOCIAL only to discover that the Internet Service Providers (ISP) in South America where not supporting .SOCIAL. In fact, .SOCIAL was not working at all. Moreover, most of the ISP operators had no idea that a lot of new extensions had been released, causing major problems in all layers of the networking infrastructure.

This problem is still ongoing and ranges from apps not supporting new gTLDS to email servers not delivering email. Even though ICANN cannot solve this problem, the corporation does support the Universal Acceptance Group by any means to get this issue under control.

Room for more.

There is more on the menu during the summit for sure, but in my opinion, the topics mentioned above are the most interesting ones. Nevertheless, I expect the rest of the topics to be pretty good as well. Stay tuned for an update after the summit. Interested in all topics? You’ll find the complete agenda here.