Alternatives to .cn domain names

As we all know, the CNNIC, the .cn registry, has decided to make it impossible for non-Chinese nationals, or companies registered in China, to register for .cn domain names. What options are then available for foreign companies looking to build a website targeting the Chinese market? Below a couple of pretty decent alternatives. #1: .hk: …

Huge drop in .cn domain registrations

As expected, new .cn domain name registrations have seen a severe drop in recent months. Based on Hosterstats data, the registered base of .cn domain names has dropped by 4 millions  in the first four months of this year, to just about 8.25 millions by April 2010. Both the german (.de) and british (.uk) domain …

Want a .cn domain for your business in China? Think again

The recent crackdown on dot cn domain names in China calls for a further thinking as to the use of a .cn domain name for your China-related business or website in general. For a quick review, the CNNIC, the organization in charge of the administration of the .cn registry, issued a notice restricting Chinese domain …

Chinese domain name registration opened to individuals soon?

Latest rumors have it that the CNNIC might open again registration of Chinese domain names to individuals again. This is just one month after the agency announced that dot cn registration could be done only by companies in the future. We will post on this as soon as we get any confirmation or news.

Godaddy stops dot cn registration

As many other registrars, Godaddy has stopped accepting new registration for .cn domain names. But what is more worrying, is that they  “are working with our registry provider to determine the impact this change may have on relevant transfers and renewals”. If I were a .cn domain holder with Godaddy I would start to worry…

Auditing of Chinese domain names

Starting December 14th, the CNNIC, the organism in charge of the administration of the dot cn registry, will be “auditing” all new dot cn registrations. Basically, upon registration, dot cn applicants will need to transmit through their registrar the following: -A detailed application form with information on the domain owner, hosting company etc. The application …