.country $2 deal ends Jan 31st!

EnCirca’s $2 dot-country domain deal is ending soon! Get your name for an introductory price of just $2.00 for a one year registration.

  • For some folks, “country” means boot-stomping music.
  • For others, it means a place they live or come from (or want to be at!)

Whatever! at this price, get them before they run out. Promotion ends January 31, 5pm EST.

EnCirca Approved as First .Bank-Accredited Registrar

EnCirca has been closely involved in .Bank as a member of the community-based Security Standards Working Group. These standards were developed for financial-related domain extensions and are intended to mitigate malicious activities including, cybersquatting, typosquatting and phishing in the financial services system.

EnCirca is proud to announce that it has been approved as the first ICANN-Accredited Registrar for the .Bank Registry.

According to the Registry, .Bank “…will offer a protected, trusted, more secure and easily identifiable space on the Internet for members of the global financial services community and the consumers they serve.”

EnCirca has been closely involved in .Bank as a member of the community-based Security Standards Working Group. These standards were developed for financial-related domain extensions and are intended to mitigate malicious activities including, cybersquatting, typosquatting and phishing in the financial services system. See the latest approved standards here

Eligibility for .Bank domain names is restricted to the following:

  • State, regional and provincial banks that are chartered and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
  • Savings associations that are charted and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
  • National banks that are chartered and supervised by a government regulatory authority;
  • Associations whose members are primarily comprised of entities identified above;
  • Groups of associations whose members are primarily comprised of associations identified above;
  • Service providers that are principally owned by or predominantly supporting regulated entities identified above (if approved by the Registry Operator Board); and
  • Government regulators of chartered and supervised banks or savings associations or organizations whose members are primarily comprised of such government regulators (if approved by the Registry Operator Board)

The .Bank registry is planning to commence a Sunrise Period for the Trademark Clearinghouse on May 18, 2015. After a brief Founder’s Program, General Availability is scheduled to follow on June 24, 2015.

Webinar today at 2:00 pm EST for Adult TLDs

The ICMRegistry is holding a webinar at 2:00 pm EST today for brand owners interesting in protecting trademarks in the up-coming adult TLDs. The Registry, which already operates the .xxx registry, is adding .porn, .adult and .sex in 2015. Panelists on the webinar also includes representatives from the Trademark Clearinghouse and EnCirca, a Sunrise Clearinghouse Agent and ICANN Registrar.

The ICMRegistry is holding a webinar at 2:00 pm EST today for brand owners interesting in protecting trademarks in the up-coming adult TLDs.  The Registry, which already operates the .xxx registry, is adding .porn, .adult and .sex in 2015.

The Webinar will describe the priority launch phases and discount pricing designed for holders of .xxx defensive blocks and domain names before the general availability phases for the TLDs.

Panelists on the webinar also includes representatives from the Trademark Clearinghouse and EnCirca, a Sunrise Clearinghouse Agent and ICANN Registrar.  The Registry is offering special pricing bundles for trademark owners who apply to the Trademark Clearinghouse.  The Registry also is offering a special 5 year promotion for trademark owners who applied for blocks during the .xxx Sunrise B.

Register for the free webinar here:

More information on the Adult TLD launch plans here:

 

 

.degree, .gives, .world, more available at EnCirca

General Availability – first-come, first-serve:

Sunrise – for Trademark Owners only:

EAP – Available at special pricing before general availability:

Landrush – higher-priced, but no trademark needed:

Find out more about our sunrise, landrush and general availability offerings on our new gTLD page.

Last chance for $2 dot-country domain names

You read that right! EnCirca is offering dot-country domain names for an introductory price of just $2.00 for the a one year registration. We’re pretty sure no one else is offering a better deal. Special ends at 7pm EST on December 31.

You read that right! EnCirca is offering dot-country domain names for an introductory price of just $2.00 for the a one year registration. We’re pretty sure no one else is offering a better deal.

For some folks, “country” means boot-stomping music.

For others, it means a place they live or come from (or want to be at!)

Whatever! at this price, get them before they run out. Promotion ends December 31 at 7pm EST.

https://www.encirca.com/register-domain-names/country.shtml

When Force Majeure Happens to Customers

Is it time that the industry offered domain name insurance? Eligibility would be limited to registrants living in officially declared disaster areas. Perhaps ICANN even could fund the insurance from their $0.18/domain fees?

When Force Majeure Happens to Customers

EnCirca is a small registrar. But we still have customers from 222 different countries. Wars, floods and earthquakes are regular occurrences that can impact our customers.

The recent Gmail blockage in China led us to check how many of our China-based customers were using Gmail. Although, the outage appears to have been resolved for now, if it recurs, it could have severe repercussions for domain name registrants. Email verifications, renewal notices, transfer confirmations all could all be missed. If the Gmail blockage in China continued, it would certainly qualify as an extraordinary event beyond the control of the registrant. Of course, the recent events may cause many China-based registrants to change their email address.

ICANN Registrar, like most companies have standards terms in their end-user agreements that are referred to as “Force Majeure”. Force Majeure “essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, crime, or an event described by the legal term act of God (such as hurricane, flooding, earthquake, volcanic eruption, etc.), prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract. In practice, most force majeure clauses do not excuse a party’s non-performance entirely, but only suspends it for the duration of the force majeure” (Wikipedia).

For domain names, the protection basically extends to Registrars and Registries. There really isn’t any protection for the registrant.

Consider these actual examples experience by EnCirca customers:

1. Remember the 2011 Tsunami that hit Japan? 16 thousand dead, thousands displaced. We had several customers based in the affected area with active websites. The underlying domains started to expire and our efforts to reach them proved fruitless. We renewed the names for them but several of them remain unclaimed several years later

2. An American client with a large portfolio of names was not renewing his names. We received a frantic call from his parents informing us that their son was in a coma. They knew little about domain names and asked for help. The customer emerged from his coma several months later and was happy to see his portfolio was intact.

Registrars are not always able to connect recent events with expiring domains. No doubt, many domains expire due to the registrant simply losing their connectivity. Is this an issue that needs addressing?

Is it time that the industry offered domain name insurance? I’m not talking about insuring against stolen names, legal disputes or lost revenue. Eligibility would be limited to registrants living in officially declared disaster areas. ICANN could be assigned the responsibility of alerting registrars and registries of these events. Perhaps ICANN could even fund the insurance from their $0.18/domain fees?

Domain specials ending on Wednesday

You only have a few days to grab some great domain deals before the year ends.

Our best seller right now are dot-country domains for just $2.

You only have a few days to grab some great domain deals before the year ends.

Our best seller right now are dot-country domains for just $2.

dot-country domain names are just $2.00

dot-webcam domains for just $7.99

dot-organic domains for just $40 (must be certified organic)

dot-christmas domains for just $15

dot gift domains for just $10

Dot-webcam domain enables stay-cations

The .webcam domain name may be the tipping point for mass-scale adoption of live videos by tourism destinations. Secure your .webcam for just $7.99 until the year-end.

Do you want to see what Miami Beach looks like right now? How about the ski slopes in Utah? Or the volcanos in Hawaii? As winter gets underway here in New England, the mind wanders to warmer, more exotic locations.

Many travel destinations have long installed webcams so that would-be travelers can view live images of their favorite vacation spot. The live cameras may be installed by the local tourism board, or hotels and restaurants.

The challenge is how to find them. One website worth checking out is webcams.travel. This site claims to have active listings of over 48,000 live webcams.

Another recent development that may help is the new dot-webcam domain extension. Now any hotel, restaurant, club or tourism board can boost their visibility with a live video stream.

Buy one of your own .webcam domain names for just $7.99

For more, see dot webcam domains

Dot-country domain names for two bucks

You read that right!  EnCirca is offering dot-country domain names for an introductory price of just $2.00 for the a one year registration.

For some folks, “country” means boot-stomping music.

For others, it means a place they live or come from (or want to be at!)

Whatever!  at this price, get them before they run out. Promotion ends December 31.

https://www.encirca.com/register-domain-names/country.shtml