Posted Saturday, November 20, 2004
I first heard about this money saving news from a press release that wound up in my inbox. I haven't heard it posted anywhere else so I decided to do a little digging on my own, and do what I can to spread the good news.
Effective January 15, 2000, the restriction of registering domain names for two years at a time has been lifted. You can now register domain names from one to ten years, in one year increments, up to a maximum of ten years. The following text is taken directly from the ICANN NSI-Registrar License and Agreement, located at:
2.3. New Architectural Features. NSI will use its best commercial efforts to develop and implement two additional modifications to the Licensed Product by January 15, 2000 as follows:
2.3.1. NSI will issue an upgrade to the Licensed Product that will enable a Registrar to accept initial domain name registrations or renewals of a minimum of one year in length, or in multiples of one year increments.
2.3.2. NSI will issue an upgrade to the Licensed Product that will enable registrars to accept the addition of one additional year to a registrant's "current" registration period when a registrant changes from one registrar to another.
In no event shall the total unexpired term of a registration exceed ten (10) years.
So there you have it folks, right from ICANN themselves. If you have a lot of domain names - like me - you may want to keep them reserved one a year at a time, to keep your costs down. Or, if you have a company name not likely to be sold in the future, you can register it for 10 years at a big savings off of the regular price.
After digging and digging around, at several ICANN accredited registrars, I was hard pressed to find even one that allowed anything but the old two year registrations. I did finally find one Canadian company that does one to ten year registrations (partnered with Melbourne IT an ICANN accredited registrar). The fact that they have a shopping cart to allow multiple registrations and a real time database is just the icing on the cake.
With 21 domain names to register, I'm happy to say that I saved over $600 US by being able to register them for a single year, instead of two, and I submitted them all with a single mouse click.
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