Christmas and New Year 2019-2020 Opening Hours

The Support and Network Operations Teams will be continuing to work 24 / 7 / 365 as usual, managing and monitoring all the datacentre, network, servers, managed systems and automation services.

Our Administrative staff will be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Astutium Ltd will be operating a reduced Sales and Accounts Team (for telephone enquiries) from Monday 23rd December 2018 until Friday 3rd January 2020:
Sales – 10:30am to 4:30pm
Accounts – Closed

Astutium would like to thank all our amazing clients, colleagues, affiliates, suppliers and social-media followers for your continued support throughout 2019 – we wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas 2019 and a fantastic New Year for 2020!

We are always very busy with new orders, helping people with their new laptops / tablets / phones, setting up new services, never more-so than the first few weeks of January. In order to help you and be as efficient as possible, please refer to the online support systems for Sales, Accounts and Support questions rather than the telephone(s) wherever possible – most questions have been already answered, so you can get an instant solution by checking the video tutorials and online knowlegebase.

Please do not email any staff directly, as they may not be able to respond until their return from their holidays – opening a ticket is much more reliable and will ensure you get a speedy response.

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NamesCon 2019 Keynote Roundup Trends Report

The Annual NamesCon US/Global conference has drawn to a close.

Attendees are all back at work, hopefully fired up on what they learned, working with new partners/colleagues and using/selling those domains they bought in the 2M$+ live auction and 1M$ of side-room deals !

If you were unable to attend the latest NamesCon Las Vegas conference (or if you did but want a reminder/recap) the summary of selected keynote sessions is now available on the NC website at NamesCon Trend Report

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2019/02/namescon-2019-keynote-roundup-trends-report/

NamesCon Global 2019

NamesCon

is the main USA annual industry conference (and trade show) about domain name investing for registrars/resellers and domainers

As at 6th January 2019 there are still Discounted Tickets available for NamesCon Global 2019 (Las Vegas)



Astutium, BrandBlazer and HandPicked.domains staff will be in attendance – if you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss the domain industry, post-iana transition icann, domaining or selling your registrar business then get in touch 🙂

What?

NamesCon Global 2019

NamesCon is an annual industry conference for domainers (buyers/sellers/investors in domain names).

Started in 2014 NamesCon was acquired by WHD (now called CloudFest), which was acquired by Host Europe and then acquired by GoDaddy !

The event is a combination of training, sales-pitches, auctions and exhibitions about the domain name industry with a specific focus on the secondary market/domaining.

Where?

Tropicana Las Vegas


NamesCon Global 2019 is taking place at the Tropicana Las Vegas, a hotel/casino on the Las Vegas Strip just minutes from the airport.

3801 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas
NV 89109-4325
+1.855-605-0318

When?

Saturday January 26th 2019 through Wednesday January 30th 2019

(plus travel either side)


The best and brightest from the domain investing, domain reselling and domain hoarding industry segments will be gathering to:
* learn about the latest ideas and technology affecting their businesses
* network with peers
* connect with existing and new suppliers
* discuss growth and acquisition plans
and much more – for more details see the FAQ at https://namescon.global/faq/


* Sponsorship …
Sponsorship options are still available at:
https://namescon.global/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/NamesCon-Global-2019_sales-booklet_v26.pdf

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2019/01/namescon-global-2019/

Christmas and New Year 2018-2019 Opening Hours

The Support and Network Operations Teams will be continuing to work 24 / 7 / 365 as usual, taking care of the datacentre, network, servers, managed systems and automated systems, the administrative staff will be taking breaks over the Christmas and New Year period.

Astutium Ltd will be operating a reduced Sales and Accounts Team (for telephone enquiries) from Friday 21st December 2018 until Wednesday 2nd January 2019:
Sales – 10.30am to 2.30pm
Accounts – Closed

We would like to thank all our clients, colleagues, affiliates, suppliers and followers for your continued support throughout 2018, and to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year for 2019!

We are always very busy with new orders, helping people with their new laptops, setting up new emails – especially between mid-December and the end of January, so for efficiency ask everyone to refer to the online support system for Sales, Accounts and Support questions rather than the telephone(s) if possible – that way we can ensure everything gets tracked and dealt with as quickly as possible – please do not email any staff directly, as they may not be able to respond until their return from their holidays.

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2017 dotUK Renewals Report Published

Nominet Business Intelligence - dotUK Renewal Rates The latest edition of the Nominet Business Intelligence reports have been issued, which show the Registrations, Renewals and Transfers [growth and loss] of the .UK domain name market, and compare a registrar to the average for the registry overall.

Who wants be below-average or even just-average ? Not us 🙂

It’s always nice to see independent figures confirming our internal data – for every month during 2017 Astutium Ltd [ a Nominet Accredited Registrar for .UK domains ] outperformed the industry averages by a considerable margin – and that is all thanks to you, our fantastic dotUK registrants !

As a special “thank you” for making 2017 we’ll be launching some new co.uk / org.uk / me.uk / plc.uk / ltd.uk / uk special offers in coming weeks


2017 Astutium Renewal Rate .uk Renewal Rate
Jan 80.65% 74.28%
Feb 75.30% 74.60%
Mar 77.35% 74.22%
Apr 79.37% 73.36%
May 82.74% 73.46%
Jun 79.46% 74.19%
Jul 79.25% 73.60%
Aug 81.60% 73.62%
Sep 82.02% 74.47%
Oct 79.91% 73.54%
Nov 80.21% 73.88%
Dec 81.14% 72.23%

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2018/02/2017-dotuk-renewals-report-published/

ICANN GDD Summit 2018

GDD 2018 Logo
The ICANN GDD ( Global Domains Division ) Annual Meeting is the main Domain Registry/Registrar industry conference for domains companies.

As usual Astutium will be in attendance – if you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss the domain industry, starting/running a domain registrar or selling your business then get in touch 🙂

What?

ICANN GDD 2018

GDD Meetings are for Accredited Registrars and Registries to connect, network, learn and discuss policy and best practices.

Where?

Richmond Conference Centre

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC. V6X 1A3

When?

May 21018

Monday 14th May 2018 through Thursday 17th May 2018
(+ travel either side)

More details can be found at GDD 2018 Flyer

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2018/01/icann-gdd-summit-2018/

Christmas and New Year 2017-2018 Opening Hours

The Support and Network Operations Teams will be continuing to work 24 / 7 / 365 as usual, taking care of the datacentre, network, servers, managed systems and automated systems, the administrative staff will be taking breaks over the Christmas and New Year period.

Astutium Ltd will be operating a reduced Sales and Accounts Team (for telephone enquiries) from Friday 22nd December 2017 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017:
Sales – 10.30am to 2.30pm
Accounts – Closed

We would like to thank all our clients, colleagues, afiliates, suppliers and followers for your continued support throughout 2017, and to take this opportunity to wish you and your families
a very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year for 2018!

We are always very busy with new orders, helping people with their new laptops, setting up new emails – especially between 24th December and 5th January, so for efficiency ask everyone to refer to the online support system for Sales, Accounts and Support questions rather than the telephone(s) if possible – that way we can ensure everything gets tracked and dealt with as quickly as possible – please do not email any staff directly, as they may not be able to respond until their return in the New Year.

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Temporary Extra Confirmations on BitCoin Payments

Starting today, Sun Jul 23 2017 Bitcoin confirmation times and counts will be longer than usual for appx 4 weeks.

Astutium Ltd, the first UK based web host to accept bitcoins and the first ICANN accredited domain registrar to take payments in crypto-currencies continue to support both traditional and alternative/peer-to-peer payment methods.

However due to the impending fork/split/changes we are extending our wait-for-confirm from the usual 6 confirmations to the network recommended level of 30 confirmations to prevent bitcoin loss / double-spends / etc

More details about the bitcoin network split can be at https://bitcoin.org/en/alert/2017-07-12-potential-split

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2017/07/temporary-extra-confirmations-on-bitcoin-payments/

Centralnic ‘de-commissioning’ psuedo TLDs – Batch 1

CentralNic, (a domain registry for a large number of domain extensions and psuedo extensions) advises that effective midnight April 30, 2017 the following SLDs [ domains used as domain extensions ] will be no longer available for registration or renewal. These domains are effectively now dead 🙁

• .ar.com
• .gb.com
• .hu.com
• .kr.com
• .qc.com
• .no.com
• .se.com
• .uy.com

If you have any websites or email services on these domains you MUST immediately look for an alternative.
At Astutium we are helping ensure that clients move any services away from these artificial domains to alternative extensions of their choice.

This issue affects all domain providers as it is a direct decision made by the suppliers to the Registry, however we have been assured that all remaining SLDs/domain extensions provided by CentralNic are currently safe for another 12 months and have no disputes or ownership issues surrounding them at present.

As over the last year more than 800 new domain extensions have become available, now is a good time to buy a domain name that represents your business effectively online, is easy to remember and looks professional.

Extensions such as .london help show you are either based in or do business in London, alongside professional domains such as .plumbing, .photography, and many, many more. Check out all the extensions on our Domain Extension Wiki

If your affected domain is registered with Astutium, we will be in touch for every domain affected, to provide you with a free replacement registration on more stable ccTLD, SLD or gTLD of your choice.

Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2017/03/centralnic-de-commissioning-psuedo-tlds-batch-1/

Christmas and New Year 2016-2017 Opening Hours

The Support and Network Operations Teams will be continuing to work 24 / 7 / 365 as usual, taking care of the datacentre, network, servers, managed systems and automated systems, the administrative staff will be taking breaks over the Christmas and New Year period.

Astutium Ltd will be operating a reduced Sales and Accounts Team (for telephone enquiries) from Friday 23rd December 2016 until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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Permanent link to this article: https://blog.astutium.com/2016/12/christmas-and-new-year-2016-opening-hours/

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