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Transferring New Domains

Yes, your understanding of the 60 day lock rule is correct. No need to transfer the domain. Find new hosting and they will provide nameservers for your hosting. Then in hostgator look for DNS or ...
Steve's user avatar
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8 votes
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Why is the ".sbs" TLD listed as "Termination in Process" with ICANN?

That document appears to be out of date. The short answer is that your .sbs domains aren't going away, so don't worry. Here's the timeline for .sbs, as best as I can piece it together: On 7 November ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
6 votes

Is there a way to hide my domain Whois information for free?

Just wait until May 25 and then use a registrar in the EU. The new GDPR rules will prohibit making personal information publicly available with whois. See here, for example.
Mike Scott's user avatar
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5 votes
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Is it true to say that an hosting provider's DNS server is what links the entire hosting environment to ICANN?

ICANN is several layers removed from your hosting. There is a link, but isn't a direct link in any sense. ICANN is an organization that oversees the domain name system. They allow other companies ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
5 votes
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Confusing domain name extensions

TL;DR No one can predict the future (so theoretically the case you present can happen, in practice I wouldn't bet on it), especially because ICANN, in charge of TLDs creation has a lot of rules and ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
4 votes

Transferring a domain name that's about to expire

No, there are no rules I am aware of as a domain reseller, but it might differ with some of the new TLDs. It might be worth clarifying with ICANN. There are somethings to be mindful of. It ...
Steve's user avatar
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4 votes

Godaddy expired domain transfer

I finally figured it out. You need to turn off the "domain protection" plan. GoDaddy has a domain protection plan to protect privacy etc. Now when the domain expires you can't downgrade/turn ...
user2240778's user avatar
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3 votes

Is there a way to hide my domain Whois information for free?

There are domain registry services that allow for free private whois information. One of the registrars that I use doesn't charge me anything extra for private whois. One of the other registrars that ...
Michael d's user avatar
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3 votes

whois — Can I use a general delivery (poste restante) address?

ICANN requirements passed along registries, registrars and finally the registrant are that you can be contacted at the address given, in the (honestly never occuring) case someone sends you a letter ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
3 votes
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What prevents an organization from creating and owning any unused, specific domain, i.e. .edu

What prevents a very well-funded organization from creating any unused site domain they choose (i.e. something.edu) and having it searchable/usable on the World Wide Web without going through an ...
Anaksunaman's user avatar
3 votes

Several domains: centralize them in a single registrar or using multiple registrars?

I am a hosting provider and domain reseller. I spend much of my time helping people who have lost track of where their domain is registered and have no idea of the difference between domain ...
Steve's user avatar
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Several domains: centralize them in a single registrar or using multiple registrars?

I worked for a company once who went down this road. It was manageable with a handful of domains, but at one point we held several hundred and it just got to be silly. Sure we had a spreadsheet to ...
Andrew Lott's user avatar
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3 votes

Is it still possible to apply for new TLD? (top level domain)

Response from ICANN. Unfortunately I can not. Thank you for contacting the ICANN Global Support Center. The application window for the current round of new gTLDs closed in 2012. At this ...
Mars Robertson's user avatar
3 votes

Is it true to say that an hosting provider's DNS server is what links the entire hosting environment to ICANN?

Stephen's answer gives you all the details, but I think your misconception or slight changes of wording is related to something else, the "IANA root". ICANN oversees the running of the ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
3 votes

When does a .com domain become available after it expires? (With status clientTransferProhibited)

Does this status prohibit me from getting the domain once it has expired? No. And can I acquire the domain as soon as it expires according to the expiry date on ICANN? No. (And you have to be ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
3 votes

When will new gTLD applications be available?

Is there a planned successor to this program? Yes, currently being worked on. Has there been an announced application process for post-2012 new gTLDs? No, as the various works needed are not ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
3 votes
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What are the technological factors involved in backordering a domain?

what are the factors involved in thr domain being won by registrar A and not B? Luck. Or sheer force. Or many other factors that no one will discuss publicly, for obvious reasons (multi-million ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
2 votes

Why does the ICANN Registrar list show variants of the same company multiple times?

When domains expire/drop they become available to 'catch' and reregister using backordering before they are released for general public to purchase. If a backorder is placed by anyone (including ...
richhallstoke's user avatar
2 votes

Why does the ICANN Registrar list show variants of the same company multiple times?

There are a number of instances where actions taken by ICANN need the support or consultation of the Registrars Stakeholder Group. Without someone from ICANN coming on here and confirming officially ...
Chris Rutherfurd's user avatar
2 votes
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ICANN Registrar Accreditation for Web Hosting Company

Like it has already been said, it is not required, for a webhosting company to be an ICANN registrar. It is also a different job. You can in fact be just a reseller of any ICANN registrar providing ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
2 votes

What prevents an organization from creating and owning any unused, specific domain, i.e. .edu

In short, nothing forbids anyone to creating new TLDs. It happened a lot in the past, with what was called "alternate roots". Because creating TLD is not the problem, the problem is accessing them. ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
2 votes

Is it still possible to apply for new TLD? (top level domain)

No, you need to wait for the following Round to submit an application. It is unrealistic to provide a date yet but there are rumors. When it is possible, the entire domain name press will talk about ...
Jean Guillon's user avatar
2 votes

Is there a way to hide my domain Whois information for free?

Many Registrars, including us, will give you privacy for free. There are also extensions where privacy is the default, not just an option.
Dynadot's user avatar
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2 votes
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Predicting future domain registration fees

In short: no one knows and no one can predict anything about this. Like in some other areas, past behaviors will not give you indications of what will happen in the future. Any kind of sugar coating ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
2 votes

Confusing domain name extensions

The rules to submit an application are available here: https://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/agb but this methodology is the one from the last round in 2012. The new rules are being drafted but ...
Jean Guillon's user avatar
1 vote

Does the given fields of WHOIS information change per registrar? What are the differences?

Your question is too vague, as this depends on the TLD. In the gTLD world, the content of whois is restricted per ICANN agreements. You can find all details in Specification 4 at https://newgtlds....
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
1 vote
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When exactly will a .net domain waiting for deletion become available and how to be the first to register?

.NET domain names are handled the same way as .COM domain names since in the same registry, so you can refer to answers about .COM too. Your days calculation are ok, however you can not predict the ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
1 vote

Why does the 60-day "Change of Registrant lock" exist after changing a domain's contact details?

The issues are linked, for the reasons explained below. But let us please first go back in history to put things in context, and I will be mostly targeting gTLDs and .COM/.NET in fact: when the ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
1 vote

Why does the 60-day "Change of Registrant lock" exist after changing a domain's contact details?

There are "outs" for that rule that ICANN allows. Many Registrars have added a way for Registrants to opt out of that lock. Why does that rule exist? It is a method to try to prevent domain ...
Dynadot's user avatar
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Why does the 60-day "Change of Registrant lock" exist after changing a domain's contact details?

If someone manages to change the registrant contact details on your domain would you be happy if they then immediately transferred it away? Or would you prefer some sort of cooling off period so that ...
Steve's user avatar
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