Thursday, 30 April 2009

IDN domains in Ireland (.ie)

> I wonder does the IEDR domain registry have any plans to support IDN
> names in Ireland?

IEDR are technically in a position to offer IDN domain registrations
already. Widespread deployment would require policy development and
some minor systems development work. This work is not scheduled into
our short term work plans.

Demand for IDN domains in Ireland has been very very low thus far.
Accordingly, this level of demand has been reflected in our
prioritisation of the IDN work.

Kind regards

Billy Glynn
Head of Application Support and Development
Technical Services
IE Domain Registry Ltd

Tel: +353 (0)1 2365404
Mobile: +353 (0)87 9188317

Tuesday, 28 April 2009


I couldn't believe my luck for a moment, I thought españ was still available.

I Checked the IDN,, and saw no DNS information, so went to Eurodns,
but got this link

"Whois information for this extension is only available at the registry's website. Use the following link to open the registry's website.

Take me to the registry's website"

then Dominio no permitido Consultar normativa


So close :)

Monday, 20 April 2009

Free domain names, and

The Ukrainian NIC are giving away domain names for free, they also say they are giving away, but I wasn't able to figure out how to get one. costs buttons at 4.75 USD, but still free is always better :)

Saturday, 18 April 2009

DNS hosting for .su (Soviet Union) IDN domains

I've just put the first IDN domain on, a mere 600 Rubles (£12) from NIC.RU/EN.

The domain is бесплатныесмс.su, ("Besplatnye SMS") which resolves via puny code to - The .su TLD actually refers to the Soviet Union, which is a TLD that ICANN is trying to revoke at the moment, at the behest of the Russian NIC.

The official TLD of Russia is .ru, but Google still recognises .su as a official domain name, and my personal feeling that trying to uproot 17 Million websites (search in Google), would be something that the Russian NIC wouldn't do lightly.

Furthermore, is only selling IDN domains for .su, not .ru. Which is a bit wierd.

Friday, 10 April 2009

The importance of local country domain names

The first domain I ever bought was back in 2001, eight years ago. I bought it because the name was unusual, a combination of "web", and "entropy",

information: (communication theory) a numerical measure of the uncertainty of an outcome; "the signal contained thousands of bits of information"

If I could go back eight years, and just tell myself, that nobody cares if you think of a funky name, with fancy words. Unless you've got the branding budget of Coca-Cola, nobody gives a sh*t.

Every domain I buy today, and that's one a month, at least, is something that means something. The domain *must* match the search term you're targeting. The best example of this, is It matches the highest paying keyword in the world, and hit #1 spot in in 24 hours. - It's dropped a little since, but it's still ranking well.

This is certainly an unfair advantage in Google. I would concur with anybody who could pick out 10 much more deserving websites for that position, but, If you know how to play the domain game in Google, it's their loss.

So, going back to the topic of the post. I've understood the importance of top level country domain names, and I've got hard figures to back up what I'm saying here, it's not a hunch, not a guess, it's fact.

If you sell something that is only relevant for one country, i.e. Wedding car hire in England, then there is very very little chance that someone from south africa will care about your site, so you should not target them, or even delude yourself into thinking you *might* make a sale outside of England. Forget it, it won't happen, be honest. Therefore, DO NOT BUY, instead by you will get a boost in, that is worth hundreds of pounds in online advertising.

The next business model is one that goes international well, such as, International Mobile Phone Sim cards. So therefore, instead of buying, which is (a) giving you no advantage in the UK / US (b) Alienating all non-english speakers. You should buy, AND, .ch, .at, etc.,

Sure, this means extra cost in Domain name registration fees, dilution of your brand, translation fees, but believe me, it will be worth it.

Even if the top level domain of a country is not available, then a second level domain is ok too. They are normally cheaper, less regulated, and give the same boost in google. Ie, a is much easier to get than a .cz, same for .sk and same for and pt. The list goes on.

Some sample boosts in Google due to getting a top level domain from the target-contry:
.com -> - 70 positions up in one month.
.com -> .ie - 681 positions up in one month.

You can get the same effect with online advertising, but, this approach is much cheaper, and in my mind, easier.

That's my thoughts on SEO this Easter weekend.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

DNS Setup of an IDN domain

IDN domains allow non-latin letters to be present in domain names. For example the hungarian word "Cheap" should be spelt as "olcsó" which cannot be resolved with standard DNS due to the accented "ó".

For this purpose, the encoding "punycode" was developed, a punycode converter can be found at

A sample conversion would be for olcsó.hu

On a seperate note, Hungarian domains have a unusual requirement, must exist. The DNS check at the Hungary NIC has a good check which shows this:

Technical check

Results of the domain check

Congratulations!, the domain is configured correctly.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact

Output of the check procedure:
M-GREET -I- [] Domi version 20090324
M-NADD -I- [] NS addr:
M-PNAM -I- [] primary NS name:
M-PADD -I- [] primary NS addr:
M-PGET -I- [] getting domain from NS ...
M-PRZO -I- [] cannot download domain from
M-PARI -W- [] NS records inconsistent with parent !!!
M-ROK -I- [] SOA parameters comply with RIPE
M-NS -I- [] A records for DNS servers:
addr of NS
addr of NS
M-SOA -I- [] A record for SOA mail host
addr of MX
addr of MX
addr of MX
M-MX -I- [] A records for MX records:
addr of MX
M-PTR -I- [] getting traceroute info to done
M-NSC -I- [] checking NS records ...
M-SGET -I- [] getting data from ...
M-STR -I- [] getting traceroute info to done
M-TRL -I- [] traceroute lengths differ 9 8
M-TRC -I- [] traceroutes differ (9):
M-PMAI -I- [] checking postmaster e-mail at, ...
M-VOUT -I- [] address verification: Requested mail action okay, completed
M-MXOK -I- [] MX server okay
M-SMAI -I- [] checking SOA mail at
M-VRRT -W- [] retrying verify 1
M-VOUT -I- [] address verification: Deferred: Connection closed
M-SOAMI -I- [] SOA mail address check failed at MX, (
M-SMAI -I- [] checking SOA mail at
M-VRRT -W- [] retrying verify 1
M-VOUT -I- [] address verification: could not deliver to
User unknown
M-SOAMI -I- [] SOA mail address check failed at MX, (
M-SMAI -I- [] checking SOA mail at
M-VOUT -I- [] address verification: 2.1.5 Ok
M-MXOK -I- [] MX server okay
M-OK -S- [] All's well............ that ends well.................

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Blogspot DNS setup without CNAME

I recently looked at hosting one of my blogspot / blogger domains on my own domain name,

According to instructions, you are meant to point the CNAME to, however, I found the same effect if you just point the domain to This may be bypassing some of google's load balancing systems, but... It works.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

.travel top level domain

I came accross a domain today with a .travel top level domain. I was surprised to know it was coming into common useage.

In order to register a .travel domain name, you need to be authenticated by ABTA or one of the organisations listed at

The TLD DNS service is backed by UltraDNS as follows:

travel nameserver =
travel nameserver = TLD5.ULTRADNS.INFO
travel nameserver =
travel nameserver =
travel nameserver =
travel nameserver =
travel nameserver =
travel nameserver =