Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Lexsynergy Reseller Program

As a global domain name registrar, Lexsynergy has direct accreditations with over 950 TLDs including many IDNs and TLDs from complex markets such as Africa and China. For several years, other registrars have used Lexsynergy’s portal to gain access to these complex TLDs.

Lexsynergy now offers an official reseller program for registrars looking for a centralized place to manage their client’s domains. Lexsynergy provides a reliable, secure and streamlined system for domain name registrations, renewals and transfers and updates. To learn more about our reseller program visit our website - or email

Lexsynergy Heads to Dublin for ICANN 54

Members of Lexsynergy's staff will travel to Dublin, Ireland to attend ICANN 54 which will be held between 18-22 October 2015.

The ICANN International Meetings are held three times a year in different regions and offer a great platform for the internet community to meet face-to-face, share ideas and establish new connections. Attendees will discuss Internet policies, new ICANN initiatives and the main issues facing the internet today including ways to respond to illegal or abusive use of the Internet's naming system.

More information about ICANN Meeting is available at

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

New Regional TLDs - .IRISH and .SWISS

Two new “country” gTLDs have recently entered the marketplace - .SWISS and .IRISH. Both of these TLDs present a clearly marked space for individuals and businesses associated with the Swiss and Irish communities.

These TLDs are important registrations for any trademark owners that currently have registrations within the ccTLDs for Ireland (.IE) and Switzerland (.CH). Many people outside of these two countries may not even know that .IE is Ireland and .CH is Switzerland. Within the new spaces of .SWISS and .IRISH there is no mistaking the link to their countries.

If you are interested in registering a .SWISS or .IRISH domain, please email your account manager or

Below are the launch details for each extension.

General Availability
Dates: 22 June 2015 – onwards
Annual Fee: £26/$44.20/€32.50/ZAR551


2015 Promotion
From now until 15 November 2015, Lexsynergy is offering a discount on .IRISH domain names. If you register a new .IRISH domain before 15 November you will receive 50% off the first year registration. To receive this discount you must email us at

For more details regarding .IRISH visit:

Sunrise and Limited Registrations
Dates: 7 September 2015 – 9 November 2015
Annual Fee: £89/$151.30/€111.25/ZAR1691

General Availability
Dates: 11 January 2016 - onwards
Annual Fee: £89/$151.30/€111.25/ZAR1691

To register a .SWISS domain within any launch phase you must qualify under the following criteria – must be a legal entity (not an individual) with a link to Switzerland. This link can include: A public body or another public organization registered under Swiss public law; a legal entity registered in the Swiss Commercial Register having its seat in Switzerland and an effective site of administration in Switzerland; or an association or foundation not registered in the Swiss Commercial Register having its seat and an effective site of administration in Switzerland.

If you wish to register a .SWISS domain but do not qualify under these restrictions, Lexsynergy can offer you a local presence service to enable you to register your desired domain within .SWISS. For more details on the local presence service please email us at

For more details regarding .SWISS visit:

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Two Character Domain Release - .koeln and .cologne

Two character domains are now available within the .koeln and .cologne TLDs. This creates many new possibilities to create a short and memorable domain name such as or These domains can be any combination of letters and numbers.

Registration of these two character domains are currently available to only the City of Cologne and its associations and clubs. Starting 17 September at 00:00 CEST anyone can register a two character domain. At that time, all available two character domains will be open to general availability on a first come, first served basis with no restrictions.

If you are interested in securing a two letter domain email us for more details –

Monday, 14 September 2015

.RIO Launches into General Availability

After being delayed several months, .RIO will finally launch into the General Availability phase on 17 September 2015 at 20:00 UTC.

The .RIO TLD is restricted to individuals and business which have a validated address within the city. Registrants must provide their taxpayer ID with the application.

If you qualify for a .RIO domain, email us at to secure yours.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Successful UDRP Case -

If a domain name is not renewed it runs the risk of being registered by an unauthorized party. If this happens there are ways to recover the lost domain. One of these methods is the UDRP.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) lost the domain which was then registered by an individual and used as a blog. The UDRP panelists found that the domain name infringed on FIA’s trademark and that the blogger was using the domain in bad faith.
Lexsynergy was successful in recovering the domain

Read the full decision here:

Thursday, 10 September 2015

.PARIS Premium Auction

About .paris Premium pack
The .paris Premium name is being launched to allow individuals and companies to register a .paris Premium name. .paris Premium names will be available to purchase only through the authorised auction procedures. Each domain name is categorised into Premium 1, 2 or 3. The price of the Premium name varies depending on which category your Premium name belongs to. Each Premium name is available to purchase through one of two auction procedures which is explained in detail below.

Verification Process/ Eligibility
The auctions are open to all those who wish to participate and are eligible to register the .paris Premium domain name under .paris namespace.

Each participant must create and validate their account on the auction platform accessible at Creating and validating the account, will allow the user to participate in the auction process.

The user must provide the following details:
  • Full name
  • Identifier or alias
  • Password
  • Postal address
  • Valid email address
Auction Procedure starts 14 September 2015 10:00 (CET)
The .paris GeoTLD proposes Premium Names for sale in two phases:

1. Scheduled auctions: The sale of Premium Names by thematic lot will be scheduled each week for a period of seven 7 days. Each week, a publication of lots containing about 40 domain names is released, each lot covers 1 to 3 themes. See link to Pdf.
       a. The auctions will start on September 14, 2015 at 10:00 (CET). The schedule for the auctions will be available on Please see link for a list of initial scheduled dates for the auctions.

2. Bid auctions: "non-lot" Premium Names will be available for sale by auction as of 14 September 2015 at 10:00 (CET). These auctions are launched for a period of 7 days from the moment an applicant makes a bid for a Premium name that they wish to acquire. This auction will only start once a bid is made for a domain name.

To identify which auction phase your selected Premium name falls into, please email us at

The auction procedure is as follows:

  • The auction lasts 7 days (Monday to Monday at 10am French time).  It is held on the website
  • The auction will be extended by 5 minutes if a bid is submitted at the last minute.
  • The highest bidder wins and will need to make payment within 15 days.
  • If payment is not made within 15 days, the second highest bidder wins the auction.
  • The winner of the auction (who has made the payment) receives to their registered email, a unique key code. This key code allows them to request the registration of the Premium name with the registrar of their choice.
  • The winner sends the chosen registrar, the key code to enable the Registrar to register the Premium name through the necessary procedure.
  • None
The Premium domain names are split into three categories: Premium 1, 2 and 3.

Premium 1 2500€
Premium 2 1000€
Premium 3 250€

Table 1: fees for Premium Names
The Price in the above table is the basic starting bid price for the Premium names, depending which category the chose name falls into.

To register the domain name for 1 year, the total price will be the auction price plus the registration fee of £35.

For a list of the Premium names available for registration and which category the name falls into email us at

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

New gTLDs Pass 7 Million Registrations Milestone

The number of domain names registered across the 746 new gTLDs to have been delegated passed the seven million registrations mark on 13 August according to, taking just over two months to achieve the last million domains registered. Currently there are 7.25 million domains.

The new gTLD with the most registrations continues to be .xyz with 1.155 million but numbers have slightly declined from 1.217 million when large numbers of registrations came up for renewal, many not being renewed. However registrations for .xyz dwarf all other new gTLDs and account for 23.6 percent of all domains registered in new gTLDs. The second biggest gTLD is .网址 (.website) with 379,000 registrations followed by .science (327,000).

One change in the top ten gTLDs is that they are all now generic terms. The first geographic new gTLD is .nyc, which is twelfth while .berlin is thirteenth. The only other non-generic terms in the top 30 are .london and .ovh. On .berlin, numbers have more than halved from a high of 157,240 in mid-April to 76,000 today as many of the 60,000 or so of free or cheap domains registered, and others, have not been renewed.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

.SEX – Last of ICM’s Adult Entertainment gTLDs Launched on 1 September

ICM Registry (the same Registry that manages .XXX, .ADULT and .PORN) has launched its fourth and final adult entertainment gTLD: .SEX.

These four “frisky” TLDs may pose a risk to trademark owners as unauthorized registrations could associate your mark with undesirable content. Excessive action is not necessary but a strategic approach is recommended to ensure core marks are secured with these TLDs.

.XXX, .ADULT and .PORN are available for registration on a first come, first served basis. Lexsynergy recommends registering core trademarks within these TLDs. Lexsynergy provides a privacy service to ensure the public cannot associate your brand with the domain name via the Whois record. 

.SEX just launched into the TMCH Sunrise Phase and is currently available to trademark owners who have their mark validated with the TMCH. Here is a summary of all launch phases for .SEX: 

TMCH Sunrise – September 1, 2015 – October 1, 2015
Must have a trademark validated with the TMCH to participate. Domains are registered on a first come, first served basis.

Sunrise B/Domain Matching – October 5, 2015 – October 30, 2015
Registrants who participated in the Sunrise B phase for .XXX, during 2011, will have the ability to register directly matching strings in .SEX. Additionally, any registrants who currently own a .XXX can register the matching .SEX strings. In order to participate in this phase, the .XXX domain(s) must be registered by 1 October, 2015.

General Availability – November 4, 2015 – onward
Open to all registrants on a first come, first served basis

Don’t let your brand “get screwed” by these gTLDs. Lexsynergy can create a custom approach that is strategic and cost efficient. Learn more by contacting your Account Manager or our support team (