ZNetLive, India’s leading cloud services provider offering cloud infrastructure and managed services to partners and end customers across the globe, today announced exclusive discounts on .in and .co.in domain names. With World Cup 2019 under way, ZNetLive is celebrating the Cricket’s mega festival in its own ways with some contests and special offers.
The offers, synchronized with the World Cup 2019, are aimed to empower Indian start-ups and budding businesses to establish their online identity in the most economical way possible. .in domain name, the domain name with an Indian essence, will be available at INR 229 while .co.in will be available for registration at INR 189.
“ZNetLive team is an ardent cricket fan. In order to match the energy and spirit of the World Cup 2019, we are providing Indian businesses and start-ups an Indian domain name extension, to help them establish their online identity quickly and easily.” – Pavan Jangid, Manager- Marketing and PR, ZNetLive.
The other offer of 50% discount on ZNetLive’s managed WordPress hosting is synchronized with the Indian Cricket team’s participation in the World Cup 2019 and is available only on the days when India is playing in a world cup match.
Furthermore, ZNetLive is organizing a ‘Predict and Win’ contest for cricket fans. They can test their cricket knowledge by predicting the answers for questions asked every day and win exciting prices. To know more, visit: https://landing.znetlive.com/predict-and-win-contest/
Hosting Talk Global – one of the most comprehensive and well-attended cloud technologies’ events, organized under the main sponsorship of ICANN and .Istanbul Registry, will open the gates for its visitors for the 2nd time during April 12-13 at Grand Cevahir Hotel in Istanbul.
The event will gather key names of the Cloud & Hosting industry, with more than 30 sessions, during which opinion leaders of many global companies such as from Plesk, DigitalOcean, GoDaddy, RedHat and Microsoft as well as more than 500 professionals of the industry from Turkey will come together.
Among this year’s speakers will be names such as Bhavin Turakhia, the CEO of Radix, who sold major domain and hosting companies of India, ResellerClub, LogicBoxes and BigRock to the Endurance group at an amount of 1.2 billion, Lukas Hertig, Senior Vice President of Plesk known for its world-wide mostly preferred hosting control panels, Mohan Ram, Senior Partnership Manager of DigitalOcean; Soeren von Varchmin, CEO of CloudFest and Kaan Demircan, Open Source Strategy Director of Microsoft.
Hosting Talk Global aims to bring together the business world and technology fans, and discuss new cloud technologies and cloud investments in Turkey and the world.
Pioneers of the Cloud and Hosting industry to come together
With Hosting Talk Global, which is going to host more than 30 sessions throughout two days, the participants will have the chance to listen to highly appreciated, local and foreign opinion leaders.
Further speakers of the event, whose speeches regarding the Cloud & Hosting industry are waited impatiently, are:
Nick Tomasso, Vice President of Global Meeting Operations of ICANN
Kıvılcım İstanbulluoğlu, Domain Investor
İlyas Teker, Founder of Mosanta
Koray Şeremet, Senior Solution Architect of Red Hat
Selina Bieber, Regional Manager of GoDaddy
Boyan Ivanov, CEO of Storpool
Hakan Uzuner, Founder of ÇözümPark
Derya Sezen, Kloia, Cloud and DevOps Consultant
Huzeyfe Önal, General Director of BGA
Mert Saka, Registry Services Manager of ICANN
Gökalp Çakıcı, Founder of UzmanPosta
Fahd Batayneh, Area Manager for Middle East of ICANN
Filip Borcov, CEO of Site.pro
Nivu Hussain, Marketing Director of .CLUB
Cihan Nimsi, Founder and CEO of Güzel Hosting
Yusuf Öztürk, Software Architect of VirtualMetric
Divya Bakshi from Radix Channel Partnerships
İsmail Baskın, Google Cloud Platform Expert
The meeting point of the Cloud & Hosting industry
One of the most exciting points of Hosting Talk Global is that participants of the event will have the chance to attend informative panels and join workshops that will be moderated by professionals of the industry.
And if you want to experience with experts how you can boost your business, you can take part in this unique event, where representatives of more than 300 companies from the Cloud & Hosting industry will be there.
From DNS Flag Day 2019, the DNS software and service providers are going to stop supporting certain accommodations for non-complaint DNS implementations from their software or services. These changes are coming to the DNS systems that aren’t completely compliant with EDNS standards.
As per the DNS Flag Day site, “The current DNS is unnecessarily slow and inefficient because of efforts to accommodate a few DNS systems that are not in compliance with DNS standards established two decades ago.”
The DNS Flag Day is February 1, 2019. To remediate non-compliant systems, the DNS service providers are ending certain accommodations. A number of leading operators have agreed to support the initiative. These include Facebook, Google, Cisco, Cloudflare, Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), NLnet Labs, CZ.NIC, Quad9, PowerDNS, and CleanBrowsing.
The domain names operated by non-compliant DNS servers will be affected by this change. The aim of making the DNS servers compliant is to increase efficiency of DNS operations and enable operators to deploy new functionalities, such as new mechanisms to protect against DDoS attacks.
According to ISC, “Domains served by DNS servers that are not compliant with the standard will not function reliably when queried by resolvers that have been updated to the post-Flag Day version, and may become unavailable via those updated resolvers.
“If your company’s DNS zones are served by non-compliant servers, your online presence will slowly degrade or disappear as ISPs and other organizations update their resolvers. When you update your own internal DNS resolvers to versions that don’t implement workarounds, some sites and email servers may become unreachable.”
Website owners/domain holders can test their domains here to know if they are ready for the planned change. The test results will show whether users need to take any further steps or not. If the domain name is set for the changes, it will show an “All Ok!” in green. Or the users will get recommendations on any further steps needed to be taken.
In May this year, Google had launched the .APP domain extension, three years after acquiring the rights to manage it. The search engine giant is now unveiling .page top-level domain (TLD) as a part of an Early Access Program.
A TLD is the last part of a domain name, like .COM or .ORG. While the .APP TLD was built specifically for apps and app developers, the .page is a new opportunity for anyone to build an online presence.
Like .APP domain extensions, the .page TLD too will have Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (https) by default. This means that the .page TLDs will come with built-in security. This will enable protection against ad malware and tracking injection by ISPs, as well as safeguard against spying on open Wi-Fi networks.
“Whether you’re writing a blog, getting your business online, or promoting your latest project, .page makes it simple and more secure to get the word out about the unique things you do,” wrote Ben Fried, VP, CIO, & Chief Domains Enthusiast, in a blog post.
Several businesses and individuals are already using for their personal sites. For instance, Ellen Page, an Academy Award-nominated Canadian actress and producer, is using it for her website Ellen.Page.
Web.Page is another website which is dedicated to collaboration between a group of designers and developers who will offer a monthly online magazine with design techniques, strategies, and inspiration.
.page domains are currently available through Early Access Program. Users can get the desired .page domain name from participating registrar partners at an additional cost. The standard registrations will become available on October 9th.
The CloudFest India 2018 that was held in Mumbai, India on May 23rd comprised jampacked sessions and informative keynotes that ensured that the day was full of knowledge and innumerable networking exchanges.
There were talks on domains; net neutrality; tips to help hosting providers become cloud solutions providers; and internet market opportunities for startups and SMBs, just to name a few.
India, with 4.9 million registered domains (as of Q4 2016) and 51 million SMBs represents a huge market for the internet industry.
The Chief Product Officer at GoDaddy – Steven Aldrich, opened the keynotes for the day, throwing light on how independent ventures are growing in India, and how they will drive global employment.
Later, an interesting session on net neutrality was taken by Tim Wu – American lawyer and professor at Columbia Law School with Seoren von Varchmin – CEO, Cloudfest as the moderator. Tim discussed about the state of IT in the context of India market.
Vice-President – Naming Services, APAC at Verisign – Manish Dalal, talked about the fundamental trends that drive the demand for domain names and how they are related to cloud hosting.
One of the important sessions was taken by Alan Keller – CRO at Duda, who talked about the closing gap between websites and apps and how this can save the internet for SMBs. Websites lack the smooth and fast experience provided by apps. But, developing an app, and submitting it to an app store is somehow time-consuming and difficult for SMBs.
To save businesses from getting stuck in the functionality of a website, Google started pushing websites to adopt app like functionality with Progressive Web Apps (PWA). The PWA technology will help businesses run websites with app like functionalities embedded.
Later, Praveen Bhadada – Partner & Practice Head at Zinnov, shared the key findings of their State of the Domain Industry Report.
The report highlighted the increasing count of domain names in India with a stronger growth as compared to the global markets. .com domain had 57% share of the Indian Domain Name Industry in 2017.
You can read complete coverage of the report here.
Rajendran Dhandapani, Director of Engineering at Zoho, discussed the cloud trends and how hosting services industry is evolving with cloud technologies. He said that the hosting providers should be vigilant in choosing their technology partner while moving towards the cloud.
The event partners included names like GoDaddy, Duda, Zoho, ConnectReseller, Domain Dhaba, Donuts, Serveroft, E2E Networks and many others.
WithCloudFestcoming to an end successfully this year, most people, including us will be eagerly waiting for the announcement of dates for the next year’s CloudFest India.
Stay tuned for the latest hosting and cloud industry news.
Why Not Getting the .COM TLD You Want Might Not Be the End of the World?
As the Internet continues to grow exponentially, more of its most valued real estate – the .com, is no longer available for new entrants into the domain market. For many, this can be disheartening, especially when that million-dollar idea and million-dollar name took hours to research, plan and draw-up. Though a .com TLD (Top Level Domain) remains the premier TLD in use, other options do exist and may actually be cheaper and better for your brand.
According to domain facts from websitebuilderau.com, a vast array of country and regional TLDs, along with industry and sector-based non-government TLDs exist and are vastly under-populated, meaning getting that perfect domain name may be cheaper and easier than you think.
Most Common Alternative
When it comes to online real estate the second most popular domain TLD is .net. For those who are unable to register their sought-after name as a .com, there is a chance that .net is available. Though not nearly as popular as .com extensions, .net is still used by many of the world’s top brands and are a great alternative if a .com isn’t available.
For those looking for a cheaper entry point into the world of online domain ownership many cheap and even free options exist. Up until 1995 .com domains were free to register and since have seen price upsurges. The TLD .xyz is the most used non-governmental TLD and it costs only 59cents to register your domain. Other cheaper options are the free domains registered to the .tk, .cf, .ga, .ml, .cu or .cc TLDs. With these options, it’s possible for anyone to get a piece of the Internet real estate market for little to no investment.
Sector Specific Options
For those looking to register a domain that fits into a specific sector or niche, sector-specific TLDs are a great option. For example, if you were a company looking at releasing a mobile app, the .app TLD may be just what you’re looking for. Other in-demand TLDs that are sector or niche specific include .fan, .web and .club. For those looking for even more TLD freedom, a frequently used technique is to adapt country TLDs to commercial purposes. Examples of this are using something like .dj, the TLD for Djibouti, if you are a disc jockey, or .co (Colombia) to represent corporation or company. By using your imagination, you can increase the possible TLDs available to you and add a little spin on how you market your brand.
Country & Region Options
Another great option for brands and businesses that operate in a specific region or territory is to register their preferred domain name with a country-specific TLD. For example, a Canadian company selling products or services to a Canadian consumer base can register a .ca TLD, or a United Kingdom-based company can do the same with a .uk extension. Currently, top country-specific domain registrations are led by China’s .cn TLD, and other top countries specific TLDs including .de for Germany, .ru for Russia and .tk for Tokelau.
Regardless of your domain’s TLD, the truth is you will need to market your address to draw traffic regardless. In the event you can’t get your brand’s exact .com TLD, these are just a few ways to solve the problem, adding a unique marketing angle and possibly saving you money at the same time.
Here’s a quick infographic that will give you a brief about domain names and facts associated with them:
The premier event for hosting, domains and cloud industry – CloudBazaar took place last week at the business capital of India – Mumbai. The event that drew over 2500 attendees and 40 partners turned out to be the perfect networking platform for insightful informational exchanges related to the cloud and hosting industry.
The 20 sessions that were held at the event, were a balanced mix of B2B (Business-to-business) and B2C (Business-to-customer) interactions, where on one hand, who’s who in the industry talked about the benefits they have realized by moving to the cloud and on the other hand, industry experts discussed about the latest trends in the internet infrastructure industry.
It was an event to remember with the list of elite attendees including the providers of the web hosting, cloud, backup, SaaS and datacenter services along with the ISPs, SSL certificate providers and leading individual bloggers and professionals as well, who were there to learn about new and emerging technologies.
The networking opportunities were galore and the SMBs and other participating companies got the chance to interact with the leaders in the domain and the cloud industry and learn the required strategies to get ahead in the market.
The event started with a session on ‘Building scale for your business’, led by Vice-President, Channel Partnerships of Endurance International Group – Shridhar Luthria. He captivated the audience with his tips on ways to maximize a company’s output within the available resources, while meeting its scaling requirements.
We also saw Mohit Pande – Country head, India, Google Cloud, bring out the significance of automating cognitive insights through machine learning and how to gain advantage in business by taking predictive as well as prescriptive data-driven decisions.
Prabhakar Jayakumar, Country Manager, India – DigitalOcean, talked about cloud and how it supports cost-efficient business scaling.
Later, Amitabh Jacob, Head of Partner & Alliances, Amazon Internet Services, emphasized the importance of digital transformation for businesses and how AWS has been helping its customers achieve it.
We also saw insightful sessions on domain names, from Andy Simpson – Data Scientist, Verisign. He discussed about intersection of online services and domain names.
Anand Vora – Director, Business Development, International Market, Donuts Inc. brought out the significance of new TLDs and how service providers can guide their customers to use these emerging TLDs to define their digital identities.
There was also a panel discussion focusing on domain names and their importance in the growing age of business as an important component of web presence.
Apart from these, there were other sessions also, headed by various experienced business leaders like Sujit Shetty – Architect Lead for Data & AI for Microsoft India, Vikramank Singh – Data Scientist, Facebook and an invite-only session with Deepak Kanakaraju – Digital Marketing Blogger.
The event was primarily organized by ResellerClub and Event Tree. Platinum sponsors were Donuts Inc. and Constant Contact along with .biz and .co TLDs.
Google Cloud, AWS, Zoho, DigitalOcean, OpenSRS, Radix, Jetpack and E2E networks were the Gold sponsors.
Overall, the event was a huge success and now we look forward to CloudBazaar 2018.
One of the premier conference and trade shows for the domains, cloud and hosting industry – CloudBazaar (earlier known as HostingCon India), is all set to return this year with more insightful sessions, fun-filled activities and networking exchanges on November 8th 2017 at Nesco Grounds, Mumbai.
With 2500+ attendees and 40 partners registered till date, the event is a must-visit for web app developers, designers and other IT pros in the cloud and web hosting industry to explore opportunities to learn, interact and build new connections.
Since 2012, it has grown to be the India’s biggest internet infrastructure industry’s event. Last year’s event saw more than 3,400 attendees and 80+ exhibitors.
This year, the event has many insightful sessions on Cloud, software-as a-service (SaaS), mobile-first, bigdata, IoT and datacenter industry in schedule. The audience will be able to gain first-hand knowledge about the latest developments in the cloud, domain and hosting industry with these powerful sessions and via visiting the booths of a varied mix of exhibitors including domain registrars, SaaS providers, hosting companies, internet security solutions, cloud backup solutions, SSL certificates, domain registries, and data center providers.
The attendees will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to network with key decision makers and work-out new partnerships.
The list of speakers includes industry’s big names like Mohit Pande – Country-head SE Asia and India, Google Cloud, Vikramank Singh – Data scientist, Facebook, Shridhar Luthria – Sr. Vice President, Channel Partnerships, Endurance, Prabhakar Jayakumar – Coutnry manager India, DigitalOcean and Sanjeev Sharma – Head, South Asia OpenSRS.
Powered by ResellerClub, and with eminent service providers like Zoho, DigitalOcean and OpenSRS etc. being the gold sponsors, the event is sure to be a thought inciting networking platform.
Being the media partner of this premier event, DHN will bring you the latest updates as it starts unfolding. Stay tuned!
.net TLD recently surpassed 15 million .net domains registered globally, making it one of the most popular domain extensions on the Internet today. To mark this momentous occasion, Verisign, the operator of the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains including .net and .com, pulled together 15 facts about .net, which go as follows:
15 Facts About .net:
1: Almost 139,000 domains registered in other top-level domains (TLDs) immediately forward to the same name, but as a .net site.
2: The first domain name to ever exist was a .net. While the first domain name to be registered was the now famous Symbolics.com, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was Nordu.net. Nordu.net was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootserver (nic.nordu.net). Symbolics.com later went on to be the first domain name to go through the full registration process.
3: Due to its unique status .net is not among the six other original generic top-level-domains in RFC920, the document which outlines the original domain name conventions. It was still created on the same day as the others though – 1/1/1985.
4: Today the .net zone sits over 15 million registered domains, roughly 10 times more than in the year 2000 when there were about 1.5 million registered.
5: The .net zone has doubled in size since 2006.
6: In 2012, the average character length of .net domain names created was 12 characters.
7: As social media grows in popularity, a trend of registering domain names and pointing them to social media accounts is emerging; most notably on Facebook. As of March 2013, 6,503 .net domain names pointed to Facebook. This is up from 5,039 in March 2012. That’s almost a 23% annual growth rate.
8: Approximately half of the 15 million .net domains registered today are registered within the United States.
9: .net domain names are hosted in more than 200 countries worldwide.
10: Almost half (48%) of the .net domains registered in India have e-commerce functionality on their sites.
11: A single .net domain name can be registered in as many as 350 different native languages thanks to internationalized-domain-names (IDNs). IDNs make the Internet more globally accessible and functional by enabling domain names in non-ASCII characters.
13: The percentage of the total base of .net domain names that are registered in Japan (2.51%) is almost twice that of the percentage of the total base of .com domains that are registered in Japan (1.43%).
14: DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) adds security to the DNS. Compared to .com, .net has almost double the percentage of DNSSEC enabled domains today.
Yesterday saw launch of POP.CO, a new platform that helps businesses get online instantly. The company behind POP.CO, .CO Internet S.A.S, is well known for coming up with fresh ideas to help entrepreneurs and start ups establish successful online presence.
POP.CO, the company’s latest endeavor, is a bundle of online services that comes with a .CO domain name, a custom POP Page and an email address powered by Google Apps.
Entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses who’re not tech-savvy enough don’t need to hire a web developer to build a professional web presence or spend extra time finding a Web address, hosting provider, email account, etc. as a central POP account handles all that. It also enables users to add and install proprietary or third-party apps to their domains directly through the platform.
Currently in Beta, POP is free for 15 days. Once the free trial ends, users can subscribe for $5 per user per month for the whole POP package.
We had a quick Q & A with Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet, on additional features of POP.CO and the future roadmap. If you’ve any more questions or feedback about POP, you can get in touch with the team directly at email@example.com.
We are continuing to enhance POP.co in a variety of ways, including the addition of many more integrated apps, as well as new tools and services to help our users to build and grow their online presence with ease.
– Juan Diego Calle, CEO, .CO Internet.
Q: How much flexibility does POP provide in terms of choosing the hosting provider and third party apps?
A: While the basic POP bundle includes the domain name, a Google Apps account, and the POP page, the user has the ability to use any hosting provider they choose.
POP includes a simple DNS editor that allows the user, with a click of a button, to set the appropriate DNS records to point their domain to a number of popular hosting applications. If the user’s hosting provider isn’t included in the simple editor, POP has an advanced DNS editor where the user can create and manage any DNS record.
Additionally, for those advanced users who wish to use another party’s DNS we provide the user with the means to change their name servers completely. The goal of POP is to provide users with the tools to easily set up and manage their online presence while at the same time offering them the flexibility to use any hosting provider they choose.
Q: Although the official blog post makes a passing mention to it, how exactly can POP platform be customized for new gTLDs?
A: The POP platform has been designed to work with any TLD. Some customization of the business rules may be necessary for some TLDs, but this is to be expected and something we are prepared to handle. We believe POP is excellent fit for many of the new TLDs which will be competing for distribution channels. POP provides them with a simple, fully managed solution for controlling their own distribution.
Q: Once the beta period ends, and the service is available for $5/mo, what additional value will POP provide other than being a centralized app-marketplace?
A: In coming months we will continue to enhance POP in a number of different ways. We’ll be adding additional integrated apps that will provide users with more choices, as well as some new tools and services. The focus will remain on apps that improve the user’s online presence, such as website builders, communication platforms, and marketing tools.
Q: Will a .CO domain (which is relatively expensive) be also available in the $5/mo POP package once the beta period ends? Also, can users choose to retain their .CO and discontinue with POP?
A: Yes. The .CO domain will be available in the $5/month POP package once the beta period ends.
POP.co offers a bundled package that includes the .CO domain name, a Google Apps account, and the basic POP web page. After the free trial, a user can choose to subscribe for only $5/mo. There are no additional costs for the domain name, as the cost is bundled into the monthly fee. This is an excellent value as the retail price of a simple Google Apps account is $5 per month/per user, without any of the extra benefits that come with a POP.co account, including the custom .CO domain name, the POP web page, and integrated access to additional third party apps.
While POP does not support users who wish to simply have the domain name without the other bundled services, users do have the option to transfer their domain name to the registrar of their choice – or to cancel their account at anytime. There are no annual commitments.
Q: What criterion will POP be judging third party apps submitted by developers on for integration in the platform? Also, what additional value can developers expect to derive from submitting their apps at POP than other Self-Serve Marketplaces?
A: We have not yet established a firm set of criteria to be used when reviewing third party apps. In general, we’re looking for awesome apps that directly address the needs of our target market, and can be fully integrated via an API. While the details are still evolving, you can learn more here.
Q: What extra enhancements and features can users expect to be integrated in the POP platform with time?
A: As noted above, we are continuing to enhance POP.co in a variety of ways, including the addition of many more integrated apps, as well as new tools and services to help our users to build and grow their online presence with ease. We will also be focusing on supporting the unique needs of our new TLD clients, as they roll out instances of the POP platform in their own namespaces.