US$ 15500 as cash prize in 2010 .INFO awards

Afilias, the registry operator for the .INFO domain, had lanched .INFO Awards 2007 . For initial two years (2007 and 2008) awards were conducted in Germany only. However, increasing popularity and success made Afilias expand the program internationally in 2009. Now in 2010, .Info awards program is open to all .INFO site owners, anywhere around the world.

2010 .INFO Awards

The call for entry ends on September 10, 2010. A panel of experts in the fields of website design and media will review submitted sites and determine a shortlist of the ten best .INFO websites. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Presentation of content
  • Functionality of the site
  • Design
  • Usability
  • Originality

The short list will be published on October 5, 2010. The public may vote on their favorte .INFO site on the short list from October 5, 2010 until November 2, 2010. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. A number of cash prizes are on for the winners.

Entry Requirements

  1. Entrants for the .INFO Awards must be the valid Registrant of the .INFO Domain Name submitted.
  2. The contact information of the Entrant must match one of the Registrant contacts in the .INFO Whois.
  3. The submitted website can represent institutions, associations, corporations, blogs, or individuals. The site may not violate the .INFO Domain Name Abuse Policy. Websites containing content that is pornographic, illegal, or otherwise deemed by the panel in its sole discretion to be offensive will not be considered.
  4. Staff members of Afilias, its holding companies, and ELEMENT C are excluded from participation. Previous winners of the .INFO Awards are not eligible.
  5. All address data will be stored with Afilias database. Multiple entries and automatically generated data will be excluded from participation.
  6. Winners will be announced on or before November 8, 2010.
  7. Winners must possess a valid physical address and phone number.
  8. This program is governed by the laws of the Republic of Ireland. Participation in this program is void where prohibited by law.

Prizes
The winners of the 2010 .INFO Awards will be awarded the following cash prizes:

  1. 1st Prize: US$7500
  2. 2nd Prize: US$5000
  3. 3rd Prize: US$3000

To participate in the .INFO awards, visit http://www.info-award.info/

About .INFO

Registrations in .INFO first became available in 2001. INFO Domains are currently available in ten Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) scripts. For more information on .INFO please visit www.info.info.

Win Rs.30,000 and a trip to the Mumbai IndiBlogger Meet!

As per an announcement received from IndiaBlogger team, all the Indian Bloggers stand a chance to Win Rs 30,000/- and a chance to fly to Mumbai (and back) on August 15th for the Mumbai IndiBlogger Meet! All you have to do is:

  • Take a quick pledge to fight heart disease at the Billion Hearts Beating website.
  • Blog about your pledge and encourage your readers to take a pledge themselves. That’s right, you only need to submit one post, not five as in early contests organized by IndiBlogger!

Check out the rules, other prizes and nominate your blog now at IndiBlogger website

If you have already taken a pledge and nominated your blog, you don’t have to do so again. Your nomination is still valid.

Good luck, and keep blogging!

Renew your domain (.COM and .NET) now!!!

Come July 1st, and after an increase in domain name prices in 2008, Verisign will again exercise its contractual right to raise domain name prices. The base registration price for .com domain names will be hiked by at least 7% and that of .net will be hiked by 10% for all registrars. This price hike is being made under VeriSign’s contract (which runs through 2012) with ICANN. No doubt that like always, registrars will pass the price increase on to customers.

It helps to note that the ICANN has given VeriSign a monopoly over the .com and .net TLDs, allowing the company to hike prices up each year. Assuming that VeriSign continues the 7 percent rise each year (which seems reasonable as per the company’s history), registrars will be looking at $9.00 for .com domains by the time the current contract ends in 2012—a 50 percent increase in six years.

If you plan to register / renew a domain name, do it now before price increase. You will save some money or  regret later.

Pricing for all New .IN domain names goes under knife once again

updated: Starting 24th March, Anubhooti Internet is offering all new .IN registrations at Rs. 250/= (US$ 5) per year including .co.in, .net.in, .org.in etc.

After a promotional price cut in 2007 for all .IN registrations, today once again many registrars announced a dip in pricing for all second and third level .IN domain names. As the .IN promotion goes on, pricing for any new .IN domain name has come down to Rs. 500/= (plus / minus Rs. 50 depending on the Registrar). Earlier second level .IN domain names were being sold at Rs. 800/=. Pricing for new third level .IN domain names have come down to Rs. 375/= in comparison to earlier selling rate of Rs. 450/=. Continue reading “Pricing for all New .IN domain names goes under knife once again”

Verisign Increases Price of Domain Names

Come October 1st, and after an increase in domain name prices in 2007, Verisign is again exercising its contractual right to raise prices. The base registration fees for .com domain names will be hiked to $6.86 from existing $6.42 per .com domain for all registrars. Currently, registrars pay VeriSign $6.42 per .com domain name. This price hike is within maximum 7 percent increase allowable under VeriSign’s contract (which runs through 2012) with ICANN. Continue reading “Verisign Increases Price of Domain Names”

Rock bottom prices for .US domain names

After .Net, .In, .Info and .Mobi, now Domain Registrar companies are luring customers to .US domain names by dropping prices sharply. Along with .Info and .Mobi promotions running for quite some time, many registrars, including Anubhooti Internet have announced a dip in pricing of .US domain names.

As per the promotion, pricing for any new .US domain name for an End User has come down to Rs. Continue reading “Rock bottom prices for .US domain names”

Registered Wrong Domain Name, Get a Refund.

You have just registered a domain name and are busy planning for your new web site. All of sudden someone pointed out that the spelling of the domain name you registered has a mistake. What do you do now? You contact your domain registrar company and they ask you to stick with that domain and advise you to purchase another domain name with correct spelling. Though you might have paid just 10$ – 12$ but then its hard earned money. Here is a good news for you. Continue reading “Registered Wrong Domain Name, Get a Refund.”