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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.

The .ONLINE domain extension debuts on our platform

The fact and the matter is that we are spending most of the time online. Thus, virtual reality has turned, indeed, into an actual reality for us.

That said, we are happy to welcome the apt-titled .ONLINE nTLD on our platform!

Thanks to the recently confirmed accreditation agreement between Resellerspanel and Radix, we can now offer .ONLINE domain registrations at an attractive price.

Some .ONLINE history

Launched on the 26th of August, 2015, .ONLINE managed to score the remarkable 38,000+ registrations within 24 hours, which is a true record for a new TLD ‘on the block’.

Within a period of less than three years, the registrations reached the astonishing 660,000 mark.

Today, .ONLINE is the 8th most registered nTLD on the market.

In terms of global awareness, .ONLINE is the 3rd best-known nTLD and the most popular nTLD in Europe, especially in France, Germany and Poland.

Why choose .ONLINE?

If you aim to position your personal or business profile directly in the virtual world, the .ONLINE extension will instantly tell people where they can find you.

Its descriptive virtual characteristics give it a competitive advantage over other catchy nTLDs like .XYZ and .SITE.

Here is why .ONLINE is the perfect TLD choice for your personal or business online presence:

  • Has a global feel

The word “online” is instantly recognizable around the world. Although 42% of the .ONLINE domain names are registered in China, 67% of the .ONLINE-ending sites are, in fact, in English.

  • Meaningful and hack-friendly

A study has shown that 700,000 domains currently contain the word “online”. This means that most of the attractive site names featuring it have already been taken and are unavailable under .COM and .NET. The .ONLINE nTLD, which contains the word “online” in itself, will shorten your site name and will allow you to coin creative hacks like dentalservices.online or date.online.

  • Self-expressive and unique

The online world offers you a “blank canvas”. You can use it to “depict” your uniqueness and to promote your future projects. Even more so, given the fact that today’s overcrowded gTLDs offer limited opportunities for nailing down a catchy site name.

Here is a list of the possible scenarios for using the .ONLINE nTLD for your projects:

.ONLINE registration details

.ONLINE is open for registration to anyone for a period of 1-10 years.

The .ONLINE domain registration process is quick and simple, with no specific requirements to follow.

.ONLINE domain names that have been registered with another registrar can be transferred over to us at the same price.

An EPP key will be required for the transfer procedure to complete successfully.

News Source: Resellerspanels Blog News

The .TECH domain extension debuts on our platform with a great promo offer

The new tech revolution has recently spawned an nTLD ‘supernova’ – .TECH, which has accordingly premiered on our platform as well.

.TECH is the perfect namespace for everyone who loves technology, spends most of their time online and perceives their domain name as an extensions of themselves.

Learn more about the benefits of registering a .TECH domain and how you can target the perspective .TECH market niche by means of our new promo campaign.

Some ‘.TECHistory’

According to Resellerspanel, .TECH is one of the most emblematic ‘members’ of ICANN’s New gTLD Program due to its online-friendly nature.

It was introduced to the Root Zone on 21 March, 2015 and the namespace management rights themselves were delegated to Dot Tech LLC.

Thanks to its strong technology-related ambience, .TECH had been highly anticipated by the online community and its official release made a real splash on the market.

Figures speak for themselves – over 100 000 individuals registered a .TECH domain in the first eight months alone.

This number doubled over the course of the following year and today there are more than 248 000 active .TECH registrations, as per the official registry’s reports.

The extension became a real hit in 169 countries, the majority of registrations being from the USA, followed by Europe, Canada and Australia – something, which confirms the global scale of the new tech revolution.

Japan and India alone hold a large share of the abovementioned registrations, which can be easily explained by the well-developed technologies in these two countries.

Currently, .TECH is the 5th most registered nTLD on the market and it’s a question of time before it moves forward.

Why register a .TECH domain?

.TECH is the symbol of the new tech revolution, which shows that the world is now moving beyond the .COM era at a fast pace.

The .TECH extension allows you to build a brand that represents your business and interests in the most technology-friendly way.

You can now get a web address that truly highlights your passion for the tech space and makes you part of a trend that the world will now have to take into serious consideration.

Here’s a list of several possible applications of the .TECH namespace:

.TECH registration details

.TECH is open for registration to anyone for a period of 1-10 years.

The registration process is quick and simple, with no specific requirements to follow.

.TECH domain names that have been registered with another registrar can be transferred over to us at the same price.

An EPP key will be required for the transfer procedure to complete successfully.

News Source: Resellerspanel Blog News

.STORE – the perfect namespace for your e-store, has premiered on our platform

One of the newest and most highly anticipated domain extensions – .STORE, has just debuted on our platform.

The new web address for e-commerce sites is concise, appealing and, most of all, indicative that you have something to sell.

Learn more about the benefits of offering .STORE domain names on your store and see how you can enroll in the attractive ongoing .STORE promotion.

Some ‘hiSTOREy’

According to Resellerspanel, the .STORE domain extension was officially launched just a couple of years ago – in February 2016, as part of ICANN’s New gTLD Program.

Considering its great e-commerce potential, there was a fierce competition between the companies that wanted to gain .STORE namespace management rights (among them were Google and Amazon).

Finally, these rights were delegated to Radix – the company that also stands behind other killer nTLDs like .SITE, .WEBSITE, .SPACE and .ONLINE.

The launch of .STORE was indeed an eagerly anticipated event – 10 000 domains were registered in the first 10 minutes alone. By the end of its debut day, this number soared to 25 000.

All in all, more than 120 000 .STORE domains have been registered so far, which is a true record for a new gTLD.

Why register a .STORE domain?

.STORE represents a recognizable and reliable namespace for any business looking to enhance their online presence.

As its very name suggests, the extension is especially suitable for online stores.

This, in turn, makes it a preferred choice over the overcrowded .COM namespace, for example.

Here are just a few of the key reasons why you should choose the .STORE extension for your online store:

  • Self-indicative

Your .STORE-ending web address will inform your potential customers that you are ready to serve their orders.

Offers more catchy options than .COM does

Being just 2 years old, .STORE is still an uncrowded namespace where the likeliness of getting your most desired domain is much higher than with other commercial extensions like .COM or .CO.

  • A great extension for your offline shop

.STORE represents a great ‘springboard’ for any brick-and-mortar business. No matter how small it may seem, each offline shop has a greater chance of growing big with an online presence namely under .STORE. The latter will help them expand their reach and increase their customer base.

  • Can serve as a second address for your e-shop

If you are already selling goods or services online under another namespace, you can use .STORE as a second web address and take your customers straight to the shopping section of your website. This is a great way to open more doors to your business and to increase your chances of prospects finding you.

Also, the .STORE extension gives you the opportunity to highlight the checkout pages of websites offering merchandise as a side service.

  • Allows you to brand your marketplace profile

If you have a profile in any of the popular e-commerce platforms like Etsy or Amazon, you can register a .STORE domain to craft a memorable address for your storefront. This will make it much easier for visitors to find your page and remember its URL.

  • Offers automatic recognition for your digital storage business

A natural choice for any vendor offering server storage services, the .STORE extension will also befit sellers of hard drives, hosting companies, warehouse space providers, etc.

  • Excellent for retail store reviewers

The .STORE namespace is also excellent for writers and bloggers who specialize in reviewing retail shops and outlets.

.STORE registration details

.STORE is open for registration to anyone for a period of 1-10 years.

The .STORE domain registration process is quick and simple, with no specific requirements to follow.

.STORE domain names that have been registered with another registrar can be transferred over to us at the same price.

An EPP key will be required for the transfer procedure to complete successfully.

News Source: Resellerspanel

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.

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