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Prevent your site from becoming “Not Secure”

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Just a quick post to let you know that later this month, all sites that aren’t currently using SSL / HTTPS will be marked as Not Secure by the Google Chrome browser. When Chrome 56 is released, the address bar will be adjusted as follows:

Chrome 68

Firefox, Safari and other browser will follow their lead soon, and all browsers will in time move to more obvious highlighting, with red text and icons. This is already the case in several browsers when logins and data are about to be sent to the server over HTTP, as in the example from Firefox below:

Firefox Insecure

We have recommended using HTTPS for any sort of data transfer for a couple of years now, including simple contact forms that could leak private data such as email addresses and phone numbers, and with the GDPR that is even more important now.

We now recommend that all sites use HTTPS at all times, primarily because of the upcoming change and the security / confidence HTTPS will provide, and because it will provide a minor boost to search engine results in your category.

We carry SSL certs from all of the major vendors, and we’re happy to advise you on the best type and brand of cert for your website. Our recommended certs are available to order directly from our website, or you can contact us to tell us about your current setup and future plans, and we’ll let you know if another cert would be more appropriate.

IE Domain Fastpass / .Health Launch

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

IE Fastpass

As previously mentioned, IE domain registrations no longer require a “claim to the name”, however current IE domain holders should also know that a Fastpass process has been put in place to enable you to register new domains without any further documentation. All we need is the previous domain name, even if it’s with another registrar, and we can register your domain with no further details. Search here for your new domains!

 

 

.Health Launch

A new .HEALTH top level domain name will go live in May, if you would like to pre-order yourcompany.health, please get in touch and we’ll handle that for you.

 

IE domain easier to register from March 21, protect your brand!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The rules for registering IE domain names are changing. From March 21, the need to explain why you want a particular name (the “claim to the name”) when registering an IE domain will be removed. This will make it faster and easier to get an IE domain. Anyone with a real connection to Ireland will be able to register any available IE domain they want.

In the meantime, it is important that you protect your brand and register any names you need before the rules change. The only way to ensure that no one registers a domain you want or need is to register it yourself. You can check availability by clicking here.

What is changing?

What isn’t changing?

What does this mean for you?

  • If you are running a business, you currently have an advantage as you have a “claim to the name” which allows you to secure your available domains today.
  • From March 21, anyone with a connection to Ireland can register any domain name without proving a claim.
  • Safeguard your hard-won identity and reputation online – don’t let a competitor take your IE domain names.

Secure your domains today

  • Click here to find out if your IE domain is available. You can register as many as you need to protect your brand.
  • If you’re not sure about the process, or would like advice on what to register, please get in touch.

What happens if someone takes my name after March 21st, 2018?

Disputes are handled using the IE Dispute Resolution Policy, however it can be a tedius and expensive process. Registering your names protectively is a much cheaper route.

IE Domains Getting Easier To Register

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

From March 2018, the need to explain why you want a particular name (the “claim to the name”) when registering an IE domain name will be removed. All you will need to prove is a connection to Ireland, via a company number, driving licence, trademark, etc. Here’s the details from the registry:

IE Domain Registry to begin .ie domain liberalisation process

  • IE Domain Registry gets the go-ahead for .ie domain liberalisation process following successful public consultation;
  • Change will make it easier and faster for individuals and businesses to register a .ie domain name;
  • All .ie registrants will still need to prove a tangible connection to the island of Ireland;
  • The change expected to come into force in March 2018.

IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland’s national domain, is to begin the process of .ie liberalisation following the conclusion of the policy development process, which included a successful public consultation, it announced today.

Currently, to register a .ie domain name, an individual or business must prove that they have a valid claim to the desired name and a real, tangible connection to the island of Ireland.

IEDR’s change to the registration process retains the requirement for registrants to prove their connection to Ireland, but drops the need to prove a valid claim to the name. Going forward, any individual or business with a provable connection to Ireland will be able to register any available .ie domain name on a first-come, first-served basis.

For example, for Irish businesses, particularly new start-ups, the claim to a name requirement has proven a difficult administrative obstacle. Many new businesses are not registered with the CRO, may be VAT-exempt, and have no physical premises, meaning they also have no official documentation proving their business’s existence nor their claim to the business name.

By removing this claim requirement, IEDR says that registering a .ie address will be easier and faster, and will further open up the .ie domain namespace to enable citizens, clubs, communities, and businesses to build their online identity.

Last year, in a similar policy development process, there was consensus to remove the exclusive right of local authorities to Irish place names/geographic names, allowing local clubs, residents associations and other community organisations to register a .ie address with their local place name. More than one hundred geographic names have been registered since that policy change was introduced.

Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “IEDR is pleased with the multi-stakeholder approach in achieving consensus for this change. Judging by the quality of the responses received during the public consultation phase, the policy change has received careful consideration.

“By simplifying the .ie registration process, it will be easier to get a preferred website address or email address which will have a clear, identifiably Irish connection. More people, organisations, communities and businesses across Ireland, and those around the world with Irish heritage or Irish operations, will be able to reach out to the wider internet community, communicate with their customers, and buy and sell online with e-commerce.”

IEDR’s PAC (Policy Advisory Committee) Working Group has carefully considered the comments received during the public consultation process, in particular those regarding concerns around the potential for ‘cybersquatting’, and the need for efficient dispute resolution.

Mr Curtin said: “It is important to distinguish between a cybersquatter, who intentionally registers a domain in bad faith, and a party that is simply the first to validly register a particular domain.

“In the latter case, .ie domains are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrants must still meet IEDR’s terms and conditions for registration, and prove their link to Ireland. For individuals, this may include photo identification, like a passport, and proof of address. This information is then checked manually by IEDR. Ultimately, the only way to completely ensure that no one registers a domain name that is another party’s protected right is for that party to register their .ie domain, thereby making it unavailable for others.

“In instances where .ie domain applicants believe another party has improperly registered a .ie address, or is using it for criminal or other illegal purposes, there are a number of mechanisms available for dispute resolution. These include the formal Dispute Resolution Process independently operated by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and supported by the legal registrant Terms of Service and the registration policies.

“These matters have been considered at great length by the PAC, and as such, it is currently considering an additional mechanism for a new ‘alternative dispute resolution process’ to handle disputes in a simpler, speedier manner.”

With approval from the PAC, key .ie stakeholders, the Board and now the public, the new policy change is expected to come into force within four months, by March 2018. Once live, parties registering a .ie address will no longer need to prove ‘a claim to the name’.

Businesses Using Freemail Accounts Aren’t Trusted

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

The following research comes from the IE Domain Registry via Ignite and confirms our advice to our customers — freemail and ISP email accounts don’t inspire confidence with end users. An email address using your own domain name should be mandatory, and will look better on your marketing and advertising. If you’re currently using a free email address for your business and you’d like to start using your own domain name, please get in touch with us today for advice.

A useful infographic summing up the information is at the foot of this post.

Almost two-thirds of Irish consumers have little to no trust in businesses that use free email addresses like Gmail and Eircom

  • In contrast, more than three-quarters, 77 percent, have high trust in companies that use professional email addresses;
  • IEDR research also found that consumers were four times more likely to trust a company with a website than one without;
  • Companies that rely exclusively on social media to reach out to customers, rather than a website or a combination of both, are also not trusted by consumers;
  • David Curtin, CEO of IEDR: “Consumers see professional email addresses and websites as indicators of trust and authenticity.”

Almost two-thirds of Irish consumers—64 percent—have little to no trust in businesses that use free email addresses like Gmail and Eircom, according to new research by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company responsible for managing and maintaining Ireland’s country code domain name extension, .ie.

In contrast, 77 percent said they trust companies that use professional email addresses, like a .ie address registered to a business name (e.g. customerservice@localbusiness.ie).

The research, conducted by Ignite, polled 1,000 Irish consumers. It also found that consumers have four times more trust in a company that has a website (65 percent) versus one that does not (17 percent).

Companies that do not have a website but use social media, like a Facebook page or Twitter account, to connect to their customers are still seen as less trustworthy, with 63 percent of consumers saying they had low trust in them.

Commenting on the research, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “Our research reveals that consumers see professional email addresses and websites as indicators of trust and authenticity. For sole traders and SMEs, this is particularly important. Anecdotal evidence suggests that first-time customers are far more likely to contact the plumber or electrician who has a web presence, rather than the one who just has a phone listing. Investing in a website that lists contact details, services and prices implies openness, accountability and trustworthiness.

“Setting up a website and an email address has never been easier. There are plenty of free and low-cost tools online, like Wix and Samm.ie, which allow even the most technophobic business owners to build a website and even incorporate e-commerce capability in a matter of hours.”

E-commerce—buying and selling goods and services online—is worth billions to the Irish economy and is growing rapidly at home and globally. For SMEs, e-commerce allows them to connect to local and international customers, selling to them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year regardless of physical location.

Allister Frost, award-winning former head of digital marketing at Microsoft and recent speaker at IEDR’s Internet Day, said that while websites are essential to get the most out of e-commerce, social networks can and should be used in conjunction with them to boost customer engagement.

“Every business owner should begin by creating a website to serve as their permanent home on the internet, under their control forever. And once that is established, many may also benefit from developing an active presence on relevant social networks like Facebook to reach a wider audience and ultimately convert them into happy, paying customers.”

Short IE Domains – General Availability 16/05/2016 @ 11am

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

On Monday the 16th of May at 11am, the remaining short IE domain names will become available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Beecher Networks is accepting pre-orders of these domains at our usual rate of €20, plus a €5 non-refundable administration fee.

To place an order on our secure customer portal, just click the domain name you’d like to register on our dedicated short IE domains landing page. We will process your order on Monday at 11am, and we’ll let you know at the end of the day if you’ve been successful or not. If you haven’t, we will refund €20 to you the very next day.

 

Beecher Networks is an accredited .IE Registrar

Cá Bhfuil Mo Fada?

Friday, March 11th, 2016

We’ve had a few complaints in the past that the fada isn’t available for IE domains, despite Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) being available in many top-level domains for some time now. That should be about to change though, as the IE Domain Registry is currently running a consultation on adding the fada to domains, and it seems pretty unlikely anyone will object.

However there’s always a few nutters out there, so if the fada is important to you, please do review the consultation and send your comments in. You can read more from the IEDR here. We are of course accredited IE registrars, and will be offering domains with fadas as soon as they become available.

 

Beecher Networks is an accredited .IE Registrar

Short IE Domain Names – Landrush Starts 21/02/2016

Friday, February 19th, 2016

The launch of 1 and 2 letter IE domain names continues to the Landrush phase on February 21, essentially a pre-registration period with a premium price that reduces competition for registrations. Domains that have more than one applicant by the end of this phase, on March 22, will go to auction between March 29 and April 12. Our price per domain is €120 + VAT, which we believe to be the cheapest available, and renewals are at our standard rate of €20/year. The application fee is non-refundable, by registry policy.

If you’d like to register a 1 or 2 letter domain, please contact us or file a support ticket from our customer portal, as the domains have all been set aside by the registry, which interferes with the standard ordering process. We’ll place the order for you and an invoice will be generated, which will need to be paid before the order is placed with the registry. Note that the usual registration requirements for IE domains apply, and your supporting information will need to be supplied with the application. We’re happy to help with the details, just ask.

We expect all 1 letter domains to sell out during Landrush, and a large number of 2 letter domains. The next phase, General Availability (GA), will start on April 19, and domains will be available from that point forward on a first-come, first-served basis at our standard rate. We expect the vast majority of “good” 2 letter domains will be registered on the first day of GA, so we would strongly advise registering domain names that would be valuable to your business or organisation during Landrush.

Again, if you have any questions, just ask.

 

Beecher Networks is an accredited .IE Registrar

2 Letter IE Domains / €29 .IRISH Domains

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

This is just a quick note to let you know that the IE Domain Registry is planning to release 2 letter IE domains to market in the not-too-distant future. The process is still being worked out, but we’re watching it carefully and we’ll be ready to place orders on your behalf when they become available. If you have 2 letter domains you’d like to acquire, please let us know.

Also, the new .IRISH generic top level domain goes live in two days on the 25th, and we can register these for a special price of just €29. You can order a .IRISH here. Domains will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis at the registry.

Domain prices are NOT going up at Beecher Networks!

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Most Irish and European domain name vendors are currently raising prices because of the weakness of the euro against the dollar, however we’re going to try to avoid this for as long as possible. With that in mind, we’re fixing our domain prices until the end of April, both for new AND existing customers. (more…)