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Are registrars doing enough to explain Handshake domains to customers?

Registrars warn customers, but is it enough? Handshake is one of the many competing systems trying to bring the concept of domain names to blockchain. It competes with Ethereum Name Service, Unstoppable Domains, and a handful of other initiatives. It’s unique in that a couple of mainstream domain name registrars offer the domains alongside traditional […]

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Here are the latest kings of .com

These are the biggest and fastest-growing domain name registrars for .com domains. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers July 2022. New this month, I’ve added MarkMonitor’s numbers in Newfold Digital’s total. The company just completed the acquisition of the registrar. While it […]

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Namecheap is behind legal pushback against Unstoppable Domains

Company’s Namebase business is funding legal challenge. NameBase, a Handshake domain platform owned by domain registrar Namecheap, is funding a legal challenge to Unstoppable Domains. Unstoppable Domains sued Gateway Registry, a rival to NameBase, after Gateway started offering .wallet domains in the Handshake system. Unstoppable offers a competing .wallet extension in its own platform. Gateway […]

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Latest .com domain name leaders

These are the fastest growing and biggest domain name registrars for .com domains. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers June 2022. June ended the second quarter of the year, and Verisign reported a drop in total .com domains under management during that […]

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.Com rankings include a Turkish domain registrar

These are the fastest growing and biggest domain name registrars for .com domains. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers May 2022. Every once in a while we get a strange registrar popping up in the top 10 for new .com registrations in […]

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August’s top 5 domain stories

Two big domain sales and more big stories from August. These were the top five stories on Domain Name Wire last month, ranked by pageviews. 1. Hubspot acquired connect.com domain for $10 million – The marketing company paid top dollar to purchase connect.com for a new social network. 2. Why I sold my PayPal shares […]

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Namecheap introduces Registry Lock and other security options

Domain Vault provides more security for domains, including an option for Verisign Registry Lock. Domain name registrar Namecheap has released Domain Vault, a new product to protect high-value domain names. The Titanium version of the product uses Verisign Registry Lock for .com and .net domains. Registry Lock requires manual verification and authentication between trusted employees […]

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Bitcoin.xyz auction ends at $42,501

Two bidders pushed the final bid up by $15,000. An expired domain auction for bitcoin.xyz ended at $42,501 on Namecheap today. Bidding was at $15,001 with less than a minute left on the original auction, but like most hot auctions, late bids continually extended the bidding. Only two remaining bidders duked it out when the […]

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