[news release] At the end of this month the .nz domain name space will undergo a momentous, once in a generation change. From 1pm, 30 September 2014 people will be able to register domain names directly before the .nz â e.g. anyname.nz.
.nz domain names can be seen almost everywhere these days. Most familiar are .co.nz names, but there are many others including .org.nz, .net.nz and .govt.nz. Itâs important to know that these types of name will continue to exist. The change simply means that people could register names with them, without them, or both.
For example, someone could get anyname.nz as well as anyname.co.nz. Registering one of these new, shorter names is called âregistering directly at the second levelâ, and people who already have a website or email address ending in .nz need to understand whatâs happening so they can act on any special options available to them.
This is because many will be eligible to register or reserve the shorter .nz version of their name before anyone else, if they wanted to. Some people may find their name is âconflictedâ, in which case thereâs a process in place to make sure their views are heard.
Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says the important thing for people to do at this stage is to go to Domain Name CommissionâsÂ anyname.nzÂ website and check the status of their existing .nz name.
Thereâs a wealth of educational information on anyname.nzÂ â plain English explanations about registrations directly at the second level and what this means for people who already have a .nz name.
Anyname.nzÂ features an info-graphic that people can use to navigate their options and a comprehensive list of FAQs covering off the registration, reservation and conflicted names processes. Thereâs also a number of animated videos on anyname.nz, giving an easily digestible overview of whatâs changing.
âFor those not interested in this change, thatâs fine. Their existing .nz name will continue to work as it always has. But for others this new type of name will make for a more easily remembered, visually appealing domain name,â says Monahan.
âRemember, 30 September is not that far away and as the clock ticks to go-live itâs important that everybody who already has a .nz domain name goes to anyname.nzÂ to learn about the change and what it means for them individually.â
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