Sunday, 14 December 2014

The three R’s of the domain industry



Hello Namelynx friends, it is I, Lynx the cat, and I am back to provide you with some of my (many) pearls of wisdom that will help you along your journey to understanding Namelynx. The theme of this month’s blog post is getting to know certain terms that are associated with the domain industry. It is easy to get mixed up and confused with all the different words being thrown around which is why I am going to give you a crash course into the three words on every domain expert’s lips: registry, registrar and a registrant.

What is a registry?

A registry is the central database where all registered top-level domains (TLDs) are stored. This means that once you have registered a domain name it will automatically be deposited into the registry. Here you will also find a list of all the rules and regulations attached to the registered domain names as well as a record of the registrant details of each domain name. Don’t forget though that you cannot register a domain directly with a registry.

What is a registrar?

That’s us! Namelynx is an ICANN accredited registrar, which means we paid a lot of money and have gone to great effort to provide domain names to the public (you). We are the important link between you (the registrant) and the registry because it is through Namelynx that you will register your domains.

Who is ICANN?

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the non-government, non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the domain name system and other fancy technical stuff. They are responsible for accrediting registrars such as Namelynx and keeping registries in check.

What is a registrant?

A registrant refers to you - the person, or organisation, who has registered and now owns a specific domain name. For example if you register the domain name lynxthecat.com you are now the registrant of that domain. This means that your contact details will show up next to this domain name in the registry.

So here is a simple breakdown:

Let’s compare the Domain Name system to your address book on your cellphone. Your actual, physical phone, be it the iPhone, Samsung, Nokia etc. is the registry that holds you store all your contacts details onto – there numbers, names, email addresses and the companies that they work for are all loaded onto your phones system. You, the owner of the phone, would be the registrar because you are the one loading the data into your phone and finally the people who are attached to the data are the registrants because it is they are the owners of those numbers and email addresses.

Does this make a bit more sense? I sure hope so!

Until next year, have a safe and fun festive season and don’t forget to keep registering.

Lynx the Cat

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

What’s in a Name[lynx]



Hello and welcome to the Namelynx blog. You have probably seen me floating around the Namelynx website and social media platforms and thought “well that’s one good looking feline” and well, you’re not wrong. I currently go by the name of lynx the cat, but I’m a lynx, not a cat, so it can be quite confusing. Anyways, enough about me and more about Namelynx. My position as self-proclaimed Namelynx mascot is to provide you, our loyal customers and friends, with insight into the domain name world in which I live.

I have been in the industry for a few years now and I still get nervous when people ask me what Namelynx is really about. In the beginning I used to explain that my “humans” register domain names for companies and make sure that their online brand image is protected, but if I had one pellet for every blank stare I received after telling them this, I would be a very wealthy lynx. After looking at the countless half smiles I got from people who had no idea what I was talking about, I finally settled on telling them that my humans are online lawyers – which I suppose they kind of are. 

The “unknown” of what the job entails, is what inspired me to write this blog. Many of you follow our Namelynx page and like our posts, but do you truly understand exactly what is done on a daily basis? When you see a post about registering your .BEER or your .COFFEE, do you really know what this means?

Let me start with some basics then.

What is a domain name?

You often see the words domains and domain names being thrown around, but what is meant by this? Simply put, a domain name is the Internet address or location of a website. Imagine it as the name that you store a number under in your mobile phone. Instead of having to remember the digits of a person’s number, you save it under their name or nickname and sometimes you add extra details such as the company they work for in order to make the number identifiable. Well that’s exactly what a domain name is – it makes the website of a company, an individual or an institution identifiable to the user. 

Can you get different types of domains?

There are different types of domains that you can register, namely gTLDs and ccTLDs. TLD stands for Top Level Domain which is the last part that appears on your domain name - i.e. the letters immediately following the final dot of your Internet address. It identifies something that your company is associated with e.g. its purpose or geographical location. A gTLD is a sub-category of a TLD and stands for a generic Top Level Domain. They are top-level domains that use three characters such as .COM or .ORG. A ccTLD stands for country code Top Level Domain and is the TLD assigned to a specific country, for example .uk for the United Kingdom, .us for the USA and .za for South Africa.

So then what exactly does Namelynx do?

Now that you know the basics, here is what Namelynx is all about. We are responsible for registering gTLDs and ccTLDs at affordable rates in the easiest way possible. We have developed an easy to use control panel so finding a domain extension that suits your needs is a quick and painless exercise. We offer a broad range of global domain name extensions allowing for our customers to be able to register and manage as many domains as they would like but with one provider. 

How can I get hold of Namelynx?

We have offices in the UK, South Africa and the USA and offer a 24/7, 365 day service. This means that there will always be someone available to help you. For more information about pricing as well as contact details visit www.namelynx.com

Well that’s it folks, I hope this has been helpful.

Until next time, keep on registering!

Lynx the Cat


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Reduced Prices for CO.COM Domains at Namelynx!



CO.COM is a global domain extension offering businesses, organizations and individuals, short, memorable and recognizable domain names. Did you know...
  • Many businesses prefer a domain that ends in .com.
  • The CO.COM registry makes short, distinct, and memorable domain names available at a fraction of the cost of a .com!

For a limited time, Namelynx is offering an awesome deal on CO.COM! We've dropped our already awesome prices to just 1£11, $17, €14, R190 per year of registration! Awesome!

No coupon codes, no asterisks, no limit on the number of names you can get! Go to http://www.namelynx.com/deals/co.com and gets yours. We could make it more complicated, but why would we?

CO.COM is a great alternative for when the .COM name you want is already taken, or for those times you just want to be a little different!

Hurry! This offer ends January 31, 2015!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

CO.ZA - From Our Home Country to Your Domain Portfolio


Sure... Namelynx is a global company. We have offices in Austria, Australia, Tanzania, the UK and the US. Oh ja, let's not forget Johannesburg South Africa!

Namelynx offers access to domain name extensions throughout Africa, including .CO.ZA, the country-code extension for our home country of South Africa!

South Africa in the largest and most developed economy on the continent, and CO.ZA domain names are by far the most popular country-code domain names in Africa, with over 1,000,000 registered! And with prices from R49.90, $4.82, £2.89, €3.60 per year, you can get more than one for the price of just one .com, .net, or .org!

Check out http://www.namelynx.com/deals/co.za and register your new CO.ZA domain names today!

Start your website with a South African identity. .CO.ZA. Local to Namelynx, local to you.

Namelynx. Your lynx to global domains.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

New gTLD Update: Registrations Surpass 2.75m

New gTLD registrations continue to boom, at least for some of the gTLDs, and totaled over 2.75 million as of 15 October.


The top three gTLDs on the list, according to statistics compiled by nTLDstats.com, remain .XYZ, .BERLIN and .CLUB with over 607,206, 139,842 and 120,460 registrations respectively, the only gTLDs with more than 100,000 registrations. The big movers for the month though were .LONDON, now coming in eighth, which now has over 45,833 registrations and .NYC, which entered the General Availability phase on 8 October and has already skyrocketed to over 35,000 registered names in just one week.

Namelynx carries .XYZ, .BERLIN, .CLUB, .LONDON, .NYC and many other popular new domain name extensions. Check us out at http://www.namelynx.com!

Monday, 6 October 2014

.GLOBAL - A Boarderless Strategy


For a limited time, Namelynx is offering our valued clients one free domain name renewal on .com, .net and .org domain names with the purchase of a new .GLOBAL domain name!*

.GLOBAL is a perfect domain name extension with which to promote any business, organization or initiative throughout the world. Like .COM, .GLOBAL is open and non restricted, meaning there are no local presence requirements and no eligibility hoops to jump through. Find the perfect domain name, register, and go global!

Since entering General Availability in mid-September 2014, .GLOBAL has earned nearly 3,000 registrations, which means there are many high quality domain names still available!

To secure your new .GLOBAL domain name and get one free year of .com, .net or .org, follow these simple steps:

Log into your Namelynx account
Register a new .GLOBAL domain name
Renew one .com, .net or .org domain name

Once your order is complete, Namelynx will credit your account for the renewal!
If you have any questions about this limited time offer, contact us.

Offer ends 15 April 2015.

*Restrictions may apply. Limit one free year of renewal year per .GLOBAL name registered. Discount will be applied as an account credit equal to the one year renewal rate for the chosen domain name.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dolly Parton Signs On As .COUNTRY Pioneer


Country Music Fact of the Day...

“The Land of Enchantment” by songwriter and country music star Michael Martin Murphey was named New Mexico’s “official state ballad” in 1989.

At Namelynx, we must admit - we were NOT country when country when country wasn't cool, but we do appreciate a well targeted domain name extension. And so does Dolly!

Some domain name extensions call them “founders”, others called them “pioneers". For .COUNTRY, it’s "pioneers" and they've signed up country music legend Dolly Parton as their Pioneer Program. General Availability commenced on 15 September for the extension with the goal of being the home of country music.

Dolly Parton, the country music legend who performed at the Glastonbury music festival this year to a whole new audience has queenof.country, dolly.country, and dollyparton.country to her name and has agreed to be part of the .Country Pioneer Program, which provides domain names to musicians, businesses, and organizations.

Check out namelynx.com/deals/country to join the .COUNTRY movement!

Friday, 26 September 2014

What will Your .BIO Read?

Namelynx asks the question: What will your .BIO read?


The new .BIO domain name extension is perfect for your online resume or personal profile or to tell the world you are organic with a .BIO website.

Nick, 27 - Buys and sells vintage race cars, still drives on a P plate. His friends call him "Whiskers".

Emily, President and CEO - Started her own business at 24, never worked a day for the next 25 years. Except once when the office flooded. Ja, that was work.

SeaTac Organics - Locally sourced organic food since 1974, "hip" since 2007.

Whatever your .bio, start it with a new .BIO domain name today at Namelynx.com/deals/bio.

Prices start at just $59.00, €45.00, £34.00, R636.

Friday, 19 September 2014

.LONDON Domains Top 40,000


Since Namelynx is based in London, we're quite big fans of the .LONDON domain name extension, which entered General Availability on 9 September. The extension for the UK’s vibrant capital city finished its Priority Period, where London businesses and Londoners were given priority, with over 23,000 domains allocated and has topped 40,000 names this week!

General Availability is available for anyone, no matter where you are in the world from 9 September forward. London, Ontario? Yup! London, Texas? Sure! Toowoomba, Queensland? Absolutely!

For more information about this great domain extension email support@namelynx.com. Otherwise, check Namelynx.com/deals/london to register yours today!