• Archive for March, 2010

    .ME – Still a Sizzling Top-Level-Domain

    March 29, 2010 // No Comments »

    The Sizzle:

    dot .ME, the ccTLD (country code Top-Level-Domain) of Montenegro, even now, nearly two years after its release, is still as popular as ever, if not more!  With the Registry’s second anniversary quickly approaching (second anniversary of “Go Live” on July 16, 2010), HEXONET is not only spotlighting the domain, but will also run a huge promotion towards their reseller channel and make obtaining a .ME even cheaper and better.

    Personally I’ve always had an interest in .ME for a couple reasons:

    • At the very beginning of the Registry, I had the opportunity to advise and assist this TLD through the first few months of its launch in 2008
    • The individuals running, maintaining and promoting .ME in Montenegro are not only great people with a true passion for this TLD, but are also people who I call friend.
    • A sensational Success Story! Since July 16, 2008 (“GoLive”) dot ME has been on a tremendous journey of success.  Highlights of the past couple of years:
    • July 16, 2008 .ME officially launches and ushers in a new era of personalization on the web.  Minimum registration period is 2 years at an average annual market retail price of 19.00 EUR per Domain/Year
    • Within two (2) days, .ME has an astonishing 50,000 Domains under management with most registrants coming from the USA, UK, Germany, Canada and China respectively.
    • August 5, 2008, just two weeks after launch, the registry announced that they had already surpassed 100,000 Domains under Management!
    • September 2008, .ME auctioned the first set of eleven (11) premium domains during the Traffic Conference in New York, where proceeds amazingly total over 218,000 USD! – “date.me” was the highest sold .ME domain at 70,000 USD!
    • Keeping the fast pace of changes going at the registry, on October 1, 2008, the Registry reduced the two (2) year minimum registration requirement to one (1) year, for the benefit for all.
    • January 2009, the second .ME premium domain auction took place at the domain industry’s premier event “DomainFest Global ’09″ – five (5) more premium .ME Domains were auctioned off successfully
    • February 10, 2009, approx. 7 months after “GoLive”, dot .ME has over 200,000 Domains registered!
    • April 2, 2009, Domain.ME releases another 35 premium .ME Domains for auction through SEDO
    • May 18, 2009, Domain.ME announces “A Limited Time Auction of Premium Domains with NameJet™” where 15 additional premium .ME Domain names were successfully auctioned.
    • May 20, 2009, less than a year after “GoLive”, .ME hits quarter of Million Domains under Management
    • August 27, 2009, following up on the first highly successful auction with NameJet™, .ME announces the second premium domain auction with NameJet™.
    • September 9, 2009, WordPress starts using “WP.me” as their standard URL Shortener
    • January 5, 2010, FaceBook, The World’s Largest Social Network, uses .ME to provide access for its mobile users with “FB.me”
    • January 26, 2010, Hollywood realizes the value of .ME domains, by branding the upcoming 3D/CGI movie from Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment with the .ME domain Despicable.Me.
    • Continued success after success after success has been the story of .ME.  The dot ME organization has been a model Registry in the way it does press releases, attends key industry events, and most importantly, the way it stays in touch with its registrars.
    • Why .ME Continues to Stay Hot! .ME is an ideal domain for the following:
    • Personal use for blogs, family pictures, …etc.
    • Great for call-to-action domains, such as call.me, date.me, insure.me, …etc.
    • Ideal for brands to give your brand a more personal touch, basically making your brand more personal
    • Some cool .ME Domains are fits.me, appo.me, despicable.me, fwd4.me, whyhire.me,  … and many more.
    • If you are interested in registering a .ME domain, simply go to www.hexonet.net, fill the online sign-up form, load your account and register away!  Be sure to take advantage of our .ME Promo starting this April (running through to  June 30th) where .ME domains will be going away for less than 5.00 EUR per Domain/Year!  Get your personal domain today!

    Posted in 1API GmbH, Domains, General, HEXONET, Popular Domains

    Acquiring High-Value, Soon to Expire .ASIA Domains, HEXONET’s Newest Innovation

    March 3, 2010 // No Comments »

    HEXONET’s DotAsia backordering technology is one of the first, if not the first, backorderingservices for .ASIA domains – thousands of domains soon to expire on DotAsia’s anniversary.

    Vancouver, Canada March 3, 2010 — HEXONET (www.hexonet.net) announced today one of the domain industry’s first, if not the first, backordering services for DotAsia domain names. Utilizing HEXONET’s revolutionary domain backordering search engine and service platform, starting today, for the first time, anyone will be able to search for expiring .ASIA domains as well as backorder them even before they expire. Again, only at HEXONET, can .ASIA domain backorders be placed using this new technology.

    “With DotAsia’s Landrush anniversary fast approaching, HEXONET was determined to launch the DotAsia backordering service as quickly as possible,” said Robert Birkner, Chief Strategy Officer of HEXONET. Birkner also went on to say, “On February 20th, thousands of domains, if not tens of thousands, first went into redemption (expiration) resulting from DotAsia’s massive launch two years ago. Many fantastic domains are going to be up for grabs towards the end of March and only HEXONET customers will have the newest technology to take advantage of the opportunity.”

    Edmon Chung, Chief Executive Officer of the DotAsia registry, has been quoted as saying, “We are excited to see technological innovations built around DotAsia domains. With the implementation of the Asian Free Trade Area between China and 10 South East Asian nations earlier this year, the usage and demand of DotAsia domains will continue to grow, not only for new domains, but also for domains that have been previously registered as businesses expand to the regional Asian marketplace.”

    Individuals, businesses, and organizations can sign up for free at HEXONET and immediately start backordering .ASIA domains. Backordering for other domain extensions–such as .DE, .INFO, .BIZ, .ORG, and more–is also available.

    About HEXONET
    Since 1999, HEXONET has been a leading developer and service provider of reseller technologies for the domain industry. Thousands of resellers, startups and service providers from across the world trust HEXONET as their domain platform provider. And today, HEXONET manages over six hundred thousand domains for its clients.

    Posted in Backorders, Domains, General, HEXONET