Posts Tagged ‘chinese domain names’

Alternatives to .cn domain names

Friday, March 11th, 2011

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: as the traditional gateway to China, Hong Kong is still the primary hub through which foreign corporations enter the Chinese market. .hk domains can be registered by any individual or foreign corporation through the HKDNR/HKIRC affiliated registrars and partners. A second option is the .com.hk which however requires to be incorporated as a business in Hong Kong. One issue however with .hk is that it gives the feeling of being restricted to Hong Kong only and it is not that popular in mainland China.

#2: .asia: .asia domains are available from all major registrars but requires to have one of the domain contacts to be based in Asia (most registrars can provide you a contact if needed). .asia also allows you to expand later to other Asian countries under the same domain.

#3: .cn.com: this domain is one of the CentralNic domain names and has .cn in it. Its major shortcomings is that it can be easily be confused with .com.cn, furthermore it is not popular in mainland China.

#4: cn.yourdomain.com or china.yourdomain.com: you can use the cn or china subdomains of your main domain to build your Chinese site on it. This saves the cost of purchasing and renewing a separate domain name for the Chinese market.

#5: yourdomaincn.com or yourdomainchina.com: more and more companies add cn or china to the end of their main domain to register a new one for the Chinese market.

Hope the above has been useful and will help you in selecting the appropriate domain/sub-domain for your site targeting the Chinese market.

The CNNIC to meet any new .cn domain applicant in person?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Now that could be interesting

Chinese domain name registration opened to individuals soon?

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

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

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

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 should have the company seal on it.

-A copy of the business license of applicant

-A copy of the ID card/passport of applicant.

Indeed, one of the changes in the new regulations is that now only companies can register new dot cn domain names.

The new tougher registration signals a tremendous change in the direction taken by the CNNIC when it comes to the administration of the dot cn domain names. Indeed, so far the .cn has been pursuing a low pricing policy, with dot cns sometimes as low as 1 yuan, in order to push up the total number of dot cn registrations. This policy has been so far successful as the registry now ranks second worldwide just behind the dot com registry. This however has attracted loads of spammers and other illegal users, which has made the .cn one of the less secure domain registries available. The new measures therefore are an attempt to address this issue and improve the overall reputation of dot cn domain names.

The new regulations are not retroactive, meaning domain names registered previously are not affected and their owners do not need to file an application. Also I would not say that they are 100% safe, and nobody can guarantee that some time from now, especially when renewing, they will not be required to file some type of registration. Already there is a crackdown on existing domain names with “incorrect” information, with domain owners required to update their information or run the risk to lose ownership of their domains…