gg - thanks for providing the domain intelligence report.
The hyphen positioning is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps you might ask the authority for an explanation and report back on the official reasons?
The hyphen restrictions is there to cope with future tagged domain names.
The most common tag today is the "xn--" used by IDNs.
Any news on the pricing yet?
I followed the links to all the English language registrars. The prices seem a total rip-off. We're talking £100+ per domain name.
Most of the sites don't even mention any price whatsoever! Of course, it doesn't matter for people working for big companies, as they won't be paying for the costs of the domain names themselves, but I need to know how much it'll cost before I pre-register a domain name. I think it's ridiculous these sites don't mention any price - all they want to do is trap people into pre-registering no doubt and then charge them huge sums for their domains.
Surely the .eu domain is not going to be as expensive as £100+? Will there be cheaper registrars coming on board?
|The prices seem a total rip-off. We're talking £100+ per domain name. |
wow, does that come with a few automatic rankings in some european search engines as well, LOL
|Perhaps you might ask the authority for an explanation and report back on the official reasons? |
I asked and Glamba is correct. The reply was that the 3rd and 4th positions are reserved for implementing internationalized domain names -- names with non-ascii characters that are encoded "xn--", and any future encoding standard.
<I paraphrased the email quote.
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[edited by: tedster at 7:09 pm (utc) on June 29, 2005]
No one should pre-register
These are scams
deal only with Eurid
I just received notification from a EURid accredited registrar that says the .eu Sunrise applications are now being accepted. They are changing €198 per application. This includes first year's registration fee. If the application is unsuccessful they will refund €128, but if successful, the renewal fee for each domain name will be €59 p/a after the first year.
I don't see notification of the start of the sunrise period on the EURid site though.
hmm, this whole thing looks typically Euro-buerocratic and bloated ...
They can't even set up a simple whois without hiding behind buerocracy - "whois policy is still under discussion and is much influenced by the privacy aspects" (from their [eurid.eu...] FAQ page). Please correct me, if there is newer information - I haven't found it.
This privacy discussion should not prevent them to just set up a small service on port 43 that at least could tell if a domain name is free or taken.
Found this document on Google [eurid.eu...] which tells that the yearly registration/renewal fee is expected to be 10 Euros (provisional) for their accredited registrars, but with additioonal fees up to 85 Euros for sunrise applications.
(You have to download the whole PDF to look at page 44, Google crashes on the "view as html" link).
Thanks for that Romeo.
Wish the EU could do something without their time and money-wasting bureacracy for once.
Have spent another couple of hours looking and can't find any registrar for less than €100 a domain name.
Anybody dug one up yet?
The registrar I plan on using, fee structure is as follows:
Sunrise 1 Public Body (18+50€)
Sunrise 1 TradeMark (18+60€)
Sunrise 2 Company (18+100€)
No Sunrise (18€)
The second amount is for PW (Price Waterhouse Belgium) to validate the authenticity of your claim to the name.
If you go to the registry of this TLD eurid.org, you can get a list of all the authorized registrars.
From there you can find the one with the best offer.
Here is the direct link: (Don't sure if this is ok to do or not. Guess I will find out.)
Wow. .eu domain names sure are expensive. Makes me feel not so bad I just renewed a .ws domain name at the astronomical cost of $35 for a year. (It is an amateur site stuck in .ws domain name space. For historical reasons it has effectively become a brand, and I just can't move it to another URL.)