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New prices for .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO and .BIZ domains

New prices for .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO and .BIZ domains from May 16th

The group of gTLD ‘veterans’ will undergo a parallel price update on May 16th in accordance with several significant market shifts over the last few years.

Learn more about the upcoming .COM, .NET, .ORG, .INFO and .BIZ price updates and see how your domain portfolio will stand against the competition after it takes effect.

Why is the price increase needed?

As you may have already noticed, over the last few years the generic TLD registries have updated their domain registration prices on a consistent basis.

The price increase practice started over 10 years ago when ICANN allowed the respective generic registries to increase the cost of registering a domain by however much they deem appropriate.

The main reason behind that move were the registries’ long-term strategic plans to upgrade their security & support infrastructures to the benefit of the domain owners themselves.

Those require substantial funding, the main source of which could namely be the revenue generated by the future domain registrations/transfers/renewals.

Here is a short overview of the TLD price change history:

  1. .COM – the most popular TLD on the web is managed by Verisign. Verisign’s deal with ICANN in 2007 originally allowed them to increase the price of .COM domains by 7% per year. Five years later, however, the U.S. government demanded that the price be frozen for a certain period of time. Verisign and ICANN in turn re-negotiated their contract and agreed on a ‘price freeze’ until 2024.
  2. .NET – originally, the .NET domain price increases were more sporadic prior to 2012. Since 2013, however, the .NET’s registry Verisign has been implementing a 10% incremental pricing policy on an yearly basis.
  3. .BIZ – the first substantial registration/renewal price increase for the Neustar-managed gTLD was introduced in September 2013 when the price for a .BIZ domain was raised by 10%. The second massive price increase came two years later, prompting a parallel .BIZ price change on the market. The same scenario was repeated last year when another 10% were added on top of the .BIZ gTLD’s price.
  4. .INFO – just like with .BIZ, the most significant .INFO price update was initiated in 2013 (by Afilias – the TLD’s registry) and was followed by two other increases (the final one was carried out last summer).
  5. .ORG – the Public Interest Registry (PIR), the overseer of .ORG domains, also made use of its contract rights and initiated a series of updates over the last few years.

What is the price update all about?

In order to minimize the negative effect of this pricing policy on your domain portfolio, over the past five years we’ve done our best to refrain from implementing consistent price updates with the exception of the cases where the new registry prices have gone way higher than expected.

With the new series of gTLD price hikes anticipated to take place throughout 2018 (in fact, the .NET registry already implemented its campaign in February), we’ll be forced to carry out a gTLD-wide price update on our platform as well.

That said, on May 16th, 2018, the .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ and .INFO domain registration, transfer and renewal prices will be increased by an average of 20%.

We’ll be forced to suspend the ‘free-domain-with-a-hosting-plan’ offer for our .NET domains as well.

NOTE: The new price will also apply to all hosting plan-included .NET domains that have been registered for free.

The .COM promotion will not be affected by this update for the time being.

DNSSEC enabled for domain names on our platform

By translating domain names into IP addresses, the Domain Name System (DNS) makes client-server communication possible and is crucial for the operability of the Internet.

Over time, the DNS has yielded vulnerabilities that allow hijackers to sneak into sessions and deceive users into giving their secure details to fake websites, for example.

This has called for the introduction of the DNSSEC technology so that this part of the Internet’s infrastructure can be made secure. In line with the global end-to-end deployment trend, we’re welcoming DNSSEC on our platform as well.

How do DNS lookups work?

DNSSEC, short for Domain Name System Security Extensions, is designed to address the security glitches in the DNS lookup process.

To get a better idea of DNSSEC, let’s see how the DNS lookup process works first:

  • When a user types the address of a site (for example, WWW.DOM.COM) in their browser, a request for more details on .COM is being sent to the root zone.
  • With that information at hand, a new request is sent to the .COM zone, this time for details on DOM.COM.
  • Finally, the DOM.COM zone is queried for WWW.DOM.COM’s IP address. Your browser will then receive a response, which will contain that address.

The scheme below offers a visual overview of the DNS lookup steps described above:

Each of these zones is managed by different entities: the root zone is managed by ICANN, .COM (or any other TLD) is administered by a domain registry (in our case this is VeriSign) and DOM.COM is managed by a domain registrar like LiquidNet, for example.

Why is DNSSEC necessary?

A few years ago, a decades-old vulnerability in the DNS lookup process re-surfaced.

Experts in cyber security found out that the Domain Name System cannot fully guarantee the validity and integrity of the data sent in response to a DNS query, because it doesn’t actually check for credentials when a DNS lookup is being performed.

Hijackers can use this vulnerability to sneak through the DNS lookup process and take control of a session in order to exploit it for their own phishing purposes.

So this is where the DNSSEC security protocol comes into play.

How does DNSSEC curb the DNS vulnerability?

DNSSEC adds a layer of security by making sure that the end user is connecting to the real, legitimate website or some other service associated with the given web address.

This is done by validating DNS responses through the use of digital signatures during each stage of the query process:

By protecting the lookup process, DNSSEC complements another security protocol – HTTPS, which encrypts the data submitted during a browser-server ‘dialogue’.

Unlike HTTPS, however, it does not encrypt data but instead integrates a series of digital signatures into each step of the above-described DNS lookup process.

Those signatures are generated by special keys, which must be validated by a higher-level entity, i.e. .COM must sign DOM.COM’s key, the root must sign .COM’s key, etc.

During validation, each parent zone signs the key of the child zone below it, establishing a ‘chain of trust’ between them in the process.

The digital signatures and their corresponding keys are stored in name servers alongside common record types like A, AAAA, MX, CNAME, etc.

By checking the requested DNS record’s associated signature, it can be verified whether it comes from its authoritative name server or whether it has been altered en route and used in a man-in-the-middle attack.

How does DNSSEC validation actually work?

DNSSEC adds a few new DNS record types, which store the required signatures and their verification keys:

  • RRSIG – contains the digital cryptographic signature;
  • DNSKEY – contains the keys, which verify the digital signature;
  • DS – the Delegation Signer records enable the transfer of the authentication responses between the separate zones in the DNS lookup chain;
    Namely, the communication between these records is what enables the validation of DNS records.
  • First, let’s see how RRSIG and DNSKEY interact to secure a given DNS zone:
  • DNS Records of the same type (A, AAAA, MX, CNAME, etc.) are grouped into an RRset (a resource record set) for an all-at-once validation;
  • A pair of zone-signing keys (ZSKs) – private and public, is generated;
  • The private ZSK creates a digital signature for the RRset, which is stored as an RRSIG record in the name server;
  • The signature in the RRSIG record is verified by the public ZSK, which is stored in a DNSKEY record;
  • A pair of key-signing keys (KSKs) – private and public, is generated to validate the DNSKEY for the ZSK;
  • The private KSK creates a digital signature and
  • an RRSIG for the public ZSK;
  • The signature in the RRSIG record is verified by the public KSK, which is stored in another DNSKEY record;
  • Now let’s see what happens when a DNS query is sent to the zone:
  • The client sends a request to a given set of DNS records, the corresponding RRset is queried and it returns its RRSIG record, which stores the signature;
  • The DNSKEY records (with the public ZSK and KSK keys) are called upon to return the other RRSIG record from the name server;
  • The RRSIG of the RRset is validated with the public ZSK;
  • The RRSIG of the DNSKEY is validated with the public KSK;
  • This is how a DNS query is validated within a given zone.
  • However, as we’ve seen above, the lookups traverse the entire DNS hierarchy – from the root zone all the way to the specific web address.
  • To transfer the validation results from one zone to the zone beneath, the aforementioned DS records have been introduced.
  • DS records are published by the parent zone and contain a hash of the DNSKEY record, which holds the public KSK key (the final validation marker within a zone).
  • This way, when a query is sent to a given child zone, its parent zone will provide a DS record to confirm that the child zone is DNSSEC-protected.
  • Naturally, no parent DS record can be generated for the root DNS zone itself. For this reason, a special, ICANN-coordinated root zone-signing key generation ceremony is being held four times a year.
  • By making the connection between the separate DNSSEC-validated zones, DS records help establish trust throughout the DNS lookup chain.
  • The scheme below gives you an overview of a DNSSEC-protected DNS lookup chain:
    • In the DNS lookup example specified above, when DNSSEC is enabled, the DNS lookup process will proceed like this:
    • – a DNS query is sent for WWW.DOM.COM, whereupon;
    • – the pre-validated root zone (managed by ICANN) will help verify the .COM zone;
    • – the .COM zone (managed by VeriSign) will help verify the records returned for the DOM zone;
    • – the DOM zone will help verify the records returned for WWW.DOM.COM.
    • If we query the A record for the DNSSEC-enabled DOM.COM, for example, the returned response will feature a raised “DO” (DNSSEC OK) flag, along with the corresponding RRSIG record.

    Which gTLDs are DNSSEC-compatible on our platform?

    • As a domain registrar and a web hosting provider, we offer DNSSEC support for the DOM.COM and WWW.DOM.COM zones in the DNS lookup chain.
    • At the moment, DNSSEC support is available for the .COM, .NET and .BIZ gTLDs.
    • This means that we can publish the respective DS records for any domain registered under whichever of these generic extensions.
    • Registrants can enable DNSSEC for their domains with a click from the Web Hosting Control Panel.

Cloud Web Hosting Explained

“Lately, almost every web hosting site I visit, claim to be offering cloud hosting services but when I look for their cloud hosting definition, I find no clear definition of it”. That was the comment I heard from one of the guys having coffee in Starbucks.

And because we have been offering cloud web hosting solutions for a while now, I decided to write an article in our blog explaining what cloud hosting actually means and what are the benefits of using it.

But first, let me start by defining what Shared Hosting is.

What Is Shared Hosting?

Shared web hosting service refers to a web hosting service where multiple websites are hosted on one server sharing the same resources with other users; such as CPU, memory, disk space, storage, bandwidth, databases, etc.

This type of hosting is the most popular hosting solution offered by most hosting companies around the globe, if not all, and it is the most inexpensive available nowadays.

But one of the problems in using a shared hosting solution is that, apart from sharing the same resources on one server with other users, the servers running shared hosting accounts are almost always fully loaded. And the other problem is that if one website overloads the server, all users hosting their sites on that server will suffer from low speed, limited disk space, memory issues, and/or downtime.

What Is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is based on a hosting solution where websites are hosted on a cluster of servers, instead of having it hosted on just one server. It is the most innovative cloud computing technology, which allows numerous machines, often pulled from different data centers in different locations, to work in synchrony as one entity.

So even though there is an aspect of shared resources, in case of an issue, the servers are able to fully isolate the problems from other users and actions on the server that may affect the functionality of your site. On top of that, your site can always be migrated to another server, avoiding in this way, a prolonged downtime.

Here at EagleProWeb, we have done it once again.
First when we took the decision to opt for a different Control Panel – the Hepsia Control Panel, bringing to you a modern hosting approach so that you can discover the functionalities of one of the most reliable cloud web hosting solutions available on the market today.

Each and every one of the plans we offer, grant you access to our amazing SSD-operated servers. You’ll be able to enhance your web sites making use of the site acceleration tools included in our custom-made Control Panel.

And as far as data protection goes, we make use of ZFS-powered storage (protection against data corruption, support for high storage capacities, efficient data compression, etc.), and ModSecurity firewall (providing a rule configuration language known as ‘SecRules’ for real-time monitoring, logging, and filtering of Hypertext Transfer Protocol communications based on user-defined rules).

So now that you know the difference between the two, we leave it in your hands to make an informed decision, focusing not only on your likes but also on what can best improve your business growth.

Mistakes to Avoid When Registering Domains

When starting a new website, whether as a way to promote your services, publish a new book, develop an informational site for your organization or even a personal blog, one of the first and foremost decisions you will have to make is choosing a Domain Name. The choice you make will eventually affect the success of your website in nearly every area, including search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing (SMM).

Why is it so important?

The Domain Name is a representation of you on World Wide Web (WWW). It is the representation of your business on the internet. Therefore, before deciding for one, you should carefully search for a name that is simple and easy to recall. It should reflect your business so that people looking for your company on the internet can locate you without much hassle.

The other point you should consider is always making sure that your domain register is not one of those companies whose system is based on closed-source software, because then, you will be putting yourself in a complicated position in the event you want to transfer the Domain Name to a different register.

How bad is it if I choose to register a domain with my web hosting company?

There is nothing wrong in having your domain and your website on the same account. In fact, it is convenient to have your domain registered with your web hosting provider, that way you don’t have to login to two different accounts.

Domain and Site Manager

Though there may be some claims indicating that it is a bad idea to have a domain registered with your web hosting provider, due to the fact that they may make it difficult to transfer it to a different register, in the event you have a disagreement with them – that it’s simply not so.

Unless both your domain and site are hosted with companies based on closed-source software, like I have mentioned above, or their domain policy indicates a non-domain transfer, you can migrate both your site and domain to whomever you wish with no problems whatsoever. Just make sure that your site content (content, database and email folders), is correctly backed up and downloaded into your pc.

And if you are not an expert on the matter, you can always contact your new web hosting provider to do the job for you, which I am assuming it should be for free, at least the first time you perform the site migration.

Moreover, if you believe that by having the Domain and Site Content under the same account, you are running the risk of being hacked, please think again. The hacker can still mess with your site – if not fully protected – whether you have your Domain Name registered with your site-hosting provider or somewhere else in a separate account.

Likewise, if one of your concerns is that hackers may claim ownership of the domain once they have hacked your site, which is unusual to happen, then, you are supposed to make sure that all the supporting documents of the purchased domain are safeguarded so you can present it to your hosting provider to claim for its ownership.

Besides, hackers don’t usually go after domains, they go after sites.

Domain ownership certificates

So worry not. If you choose to register your domain with hosting providers like EagleProHost.com, where the customer has the advantage of managing his/her Domain and Website from a singular location, running the risk of losing a Domain because of hackers is no longer a concern; if there was any, to begin with.

As of to the writing of this article, we have come up with yet another feature that will help you increase your brand awareness, namely our new domain certificates. These certificates will be delivered to any customer who has registered a new domain, has renewed their existing one or has updated their domain’s WHOIS settings.

What are the domain ownership certificates all about?

The domain ownership certificates are still very little known on the hosting market. Their main purpose is to substantiate the ownership of a given Domain Name in a visually appealing way.

Each registrant will be issued a professionally designed certificate even if the website associated with their new domain is not yet ready. It can be printed, framed and placed on the respective registrant’s office wall, for example.

Each certificate will display the following information:

  • The domain owner’s name;
  • The domain name that has been registered/renewed;
  • The domain’s validity period.

 

Domain Certificate Details

Apart from the above-listed details, we will also include the name of the hosting provider from which the given domain name has been purchased.

So, let us get straight to the point and talk about Domain Name and Domain Name System (DNS).
Why did Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decide to use names instead of numbers? Names are easier to remember. The Internet addressing scheme is not very effective without them.

How does the DNS work?

Each computer on the World Wide Web (www) has an Internet protocol (IP) address; a unique string of four numbers separated by periods, such as 126.255.255.254. Since remembering the IP addresses of all of our favorite websites can be almost impossible, a group of computer scientists headed by Paul Mockapetris back in 1983, created the domain name system (DNS) now used to assign a unique name to each numeric IP address.

But Domain Name are much more than just a string of four number separated by periods or a technical shortcut. A well thought of, simple, short, memorable and easy to remember Domain Name can make a difference between creating a successful online presence and getting lost in cyberspace.

It is said that one of the most essential prerequisites for setting up a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they discover your website and what they will identify you with.

Therefore, it has to be personal. You have to own it. It has to travel with you everywhere you go, literally. You have to like it and love it, because in the end, a good chosen domain name will add credibility to your business. It becomes your brand.

Why?

Brand recognition starts with the very name of your business. The way you communicate it out to your audience could have a great impact on your success.

In fact, many experts on the subject suggest that in order to ensure a positive brand image right from the start, it’s recommended to register your domain for at least а few years in advance. This way, if a trust-sensitive prospect performs a WHOIS lookup on your domain online, they will see that you have serious business intentions.

Your customers will thank you, and your business will benefit from it. The shorter and easier your Domain Name is to spell and remember, the more likely your customers will be to type it in time and time again. It will eventually reinforce your brand, making it easier for customers to return to your site over and over.

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