November 2019 Newsletter
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November 2019 Issue
Welcome
November brings us new TLD launches, additions to our lineup of backorders, incredible premium domain promotions and much more!
Plus, we've partnered with Radix Registry and Donuts Registry to bring you blog posts on a wide range of topics including talks about legacy TLDs, reputation management and how to improve your SEO ranking.
Donuts Premium Domains Price Drop
Donuts Registry is reducing the prices on over 800,000 domains that are classified as Premium. And to make it easy for you to register, we've created a Premium Domains Price Drop page where you can place preorders on any of these domains.
We're using our highly advanced backorder service to offer a unique preorder solution for the Premium Domains Price Drop. Please ensure that you have sufficient funds in your account prior to preordering and note that private auctions are possible if multiple preorders occur on the same domain.
Head over to the page to start searching by keyword or TLD, and preorder your domains today!
Preorder Today!

New TLD Launches at HEXONET
.BOND
.NEW
.BOND New TLD
Focused on financial markets, .BOND is a new generic top-level domain (TLD). It's ideal for financial service providers, advisers and investors and is the link that connects clients to the experts they're looking for. Reinforce your online brand with this professional and credible choice.
Launch Information
Sunrise: October 17, 2019, 14:00 UTC - November 18, 2019, 14:00 UTC
Early Access Period (EAP): November 19, 2019, 14:00 UTC - November 26, 2019, 13:59 UTC
General Availability (GA): November 26, 2019, 14:00 UTC
.NEW New TLD
.NEW, brought to you by Google Registry, is available to all registrants but features usage restrictions. All .NEW domains must be used for action generation or online content creation. Some examples of current use cases include Google's docs.new, sheets.new and slides.new domains that automatically open new documents in the chosen program. It is also a secure domain and requires HTTPS in web browsers.
Launch Information
Sunrise: October 15, 2019, 16:00 UTC - January 14, 2020, 16:00 UTC
General Availability (GA): July 21, 2020, 16:00 UTC
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Keep up with the latest new TLD dates with HEXONET's Launch Calendar

.MADRID Launch Date Adjustment
The .MADRID TLD launch date has been adjusted since our announcement in the October 2019 Newsletter. Please see below for the new launch schedule:
Launch Information
Sunrise: September 20, 2019 - December 10, 2019, only for Trademark holders with a TMCH-validated trademark (SMD file required).
Early Access Period (EAP): September 20, 2019 - December 10, 2019, for registrants without priority rights.
General Availability (GA): December 17, 2019

New TLD Backorders at HEXONET
.FR New Backorder TLD
HEXONET recently added .FR to our lineup of backorders! We offer a wide selection of ccTLDs and gTLDs to choose from for all your backordering goals. While placing a backorder with HEXONET is free, to process a backorder, we require a fully refundable deposit no later than 24 hours before the deletion date of a domain. Please ensure your account balance is funded to cover all pending backorders, otherwise, some or all backorder requests will not be processed. Deposits are automatically returned to your account balance for failed backorders.
You can view complete backorder pricing details in your account by clicking your name at the top of the page, then navigate to Billing / Prices & Costs / Domains / Backorders.
Let our backordering expertise help you get the domains you want!

New Eligibility Criteria Introduced for .EU
Starting on October 16, 2019, an individual with European citizenship and who does not live in the EU can register .EU domain names without a trustee service. Registrants can use the API parameter called X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP to specify their EU citizenship. The parameter can be used with the AddDomain, ModifyDomain and TransferDomain command.
Valid values are the EU country codes:
X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP = at | be | bg | cz | cy | de | dk | es | ee | fi | fr | gr | hu | ie | it | lt | lu | lv | mt | nl | pl | pt | ro | se | sk | si | hr.
The new x-flag is also supported via the Control Panel.
Please note that this does not apply to companies. Individuals who are currently residing in the EU are not required to specify their citizenship.

Changes to .DE Domain Name Management
DENIC registry recently introduced some new changes to the .DE TLD. The following new features are enforced immediately:
1. ADMIN / TECH / BILLING contacts are now optional
DENIC registry no longer requires this information for .DE domains. Domain holders can continue to provide this information for all .DE domain names and we will store it in the HEXONET system only.
2. New optional x-flags X-DE-GENERAL-REQUEST and X-DE-ABUSE-CONTACT
DENIC registry now allows domain holders to designate a contact to receive general requests or abuse cases for each .DE domain name. The new x-flags are optional and can be used with AddDomain, ModifyDomain and TransferDomain API command. Please note that the x-flags only accept valid URI templates such as mailto links or HTTP / HTTPS URLs.
The following contact information will be used by default unless specified otherwise by the domain holder:
X-DE-GENERAL-REQUEST: https://send-message.ispapi.net/(domain)/owner
X-DE-ABUSE-CONTACT: mailto:legal@1api.net
Both x-flags are also supported via the Control Panel.
3. Local presence no longer required prior to registration of .DE domain name
Due to the introduction of the GDPR policy, the DENIC registry no longer requires a local presence in Germany prior to the registration of .DE domain names.
However, the registry may request that a local contact be named in case of a legal dispute or if any problem is reported to the registry. Upon request by the registry, the domain holder must provide a contact person in Germany who is responsible for receiving the service of official or judicial documents.
Therefore, HEXONET’s trustee services continue to serve a purpose and will be offered as an optional service in the future. The trustee service will operate with the following change: we will add the trustee partner’s email address as a secondary email address to the original registrant contact. If a domain should be subject to a complaint, our trustee partner will also be notified and can then provide a valid German postal address.

More registrant types available for .CN during registration
The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has added more options under the Registrant type (X-CN-REGISTRANT-ID-TYPE) x-flag for .CN.
The complete list is as follows:

    For individuals

  • SFZ: Chinese ID card
  • HZ: Foreign passport
  • GAJMTX: Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao
  • TWJMTX: Travel passes for Taiwan Residents to Enter or Leave the Mainland
  • WJLSFZ: Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card
  • GAJZZ: Residence permit for Hong Kong, Macao residents
  • TWJZZ: Residence permit for Taiwan residents
  • JGZ: Chinese officer certificate
  • QT: Others
  • For organizations

  • ORG: Chinese Organization Code Certificate
  • YYZZ: Chinese business license
  • TYDM: Certificate for Uniform Social Credit Code
  • BDDM: Military Code Designation
  • JDDWFW: Military Paid External Service License
  • SYDWFR: Public Institution Legal Person Certificate
  • WGCZJG: Resident Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises Registration Form
  • SHTTFR: Social Organization Legal Person Registration Certificate
  • ZJCS: Religion Activity Site Registration Certificate
  • MBFQY: Private Non-Enterprise Entity Registration Certificate
  • JJHFR: Fund Legal Person Registration Certificate
  • LSZY: Practicing License of Law Firm
  • WGZHWH: Registration Certificate of Foreign Cultural Center in China
  • WLCZJG: Resident Representative Office of Tourism Departments of Foreign Government Approval Registration Certificate
  • SFJD: Judicial Expertise License
  • JWJG: Overseas Organization Certificate
  • SHFWJG: Social Service Agency Registration Certificate
  • MBXXBX: Private School Permit
  • YLJGZY: Medical Institution Practicing License
  • GZJGZY: Notary Organization Practicing License
  • BJWSXX: Beijing School for Children of Foreign Embassy Staff in China Permit
Promotions
 
.CM - New Registration and Renewal!
  • Promo Starts: November 1, 2019 at 10:00 UTC
  • Promo Ends: December 31, 2019 at 10:00 UTC
  • Promotional Price: 14.88* (net price: 12.50) EUR per Domain/Year
  • Promotion applies to new .CM registrations, renewals (1 - 5 Years)

Make sure to check out all of our current promotions with over 200 TLDs on sale!
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Registry / Registrar Bulletin
.MOE Premium Domains
October 10, 2019
 
The .MOE registry has launched premium domains for its TLD on October 10, 2019. There are a total of seven premium tiers. Complete pricing details can now be viewed in your account.

 
Price Decrease for .LOVE Premium Domains
October 29, 2019
 
The .LOVE Registry recently announced an upcoming reduction to their premium name pricing for more than 12,000 of its premium domains.
Here are the key details on what’s changing:
  • Reduced Premium Name pricing on over 12,000 unregistered .LOVE domain names
  • Including over 2,900 unregistered .LOVE premium domain names that have been reduced to standard (non-premium) pricing
  • The annual renewal price for approximately 900 premium .LOVE names currently registered are unaffected (and will not be impacted by this pricing update)

Currency Change for .GG and .JE Domains
October 31, 2019
 
Channel Islands registry is changing the currency of .GG and .JE as well its third-level domain names from GBP to USD. As a result of this currency change, we are updating HEXONET pricing for these domain names effective on October 31, 2019, 00:00 UTC.
This price change will apply to existing domains, new registrations, renewals and transfers from the effective date.
.GG and .JE domain names
  • Reseller Price Class: Changing from $57.12* (net price: $48.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $71.40* (net price: $60.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Changing from $55.34* (net price: $46.50) GBP/Domain/Year to $69.02* (net price: $58.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Changing from $53.55* (net price: $45.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $66.64* (net price: $56.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Restore: Changing from $95.20* (net price: $80.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $119.00* (net price: $100.00) USD/Domain/Year
.CO.GG, .NET.GG, .ORG.GG, .CO.JE, .NET.JE and .ORG.JE domain names
  • Reseller Price Class: Changing from $57.12* (net price: $48.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $71.40* (net price: $60.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Changing from $55.34* (net price: $46.50) GBP/Domain/Year to $69.02* (net price: $58.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Changing from $53.55* (net price: $45.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $66.64* (net price: $56.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Restore: Changing from $71.40* (net price: $60.00) GBP/Domain/Year to $89.25* (net price: $75.00) USD/Domain/Year
Please note that if you're not using USD as your account currency, we will charge your account based on the daily European Interbank rate.

Price Increase for .BIZ Domains
November 1, 2019
 
Neustar is increasing the price for .BIZ domains effective November 1, 2019. This price increase will apply to existing domains, new registrations, renewals and transfers from the effective date.
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $17.29* (net price: $14.53) to $18.66* (net price: $15.68) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $16.10* (net price: $13.53) to $17.47* (net price: $14.68) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $14.79* (net price: $12.43) to $16.16* (net price: $13.58) USD/Domain/Year
  • Restore Fee: No Changes to Restore Pricing
Customers that have existing .BIZ registrations should consider renewing prior to this increase.

Donuts Premium Pricing Event
November 5, 2019
 
On November 5, 2019, Donuts will reduce pricing for over 1 million previously unsold premium domain names - its largest premium price reduction event ever! Approximately 250,000 Donuts premium domains will drop in price and more than 840,000 premium domains will be moved to standard pricing. Customers can view the domain inventory by clicking here.
Launch Information
September 5 (17:00 UTC): customers can register premium domains at the current price but renew at the cheaper price point.
November 1 (17:00 UTC) to November 5 (17:00 UTC): during the so-called quiet phase, impacted premium domains will be reserved and unavailable for purchase.
November 5 (17:00 UTC): all impacted domains will be released for registration.

Backorder Price Increase for .AC, .IO and .SH Domains
September 24, 2019
 
ICB has implemented a new drop zone to handle the deletion of .AC, .IO and .SH domain names. As of September 24, 2019, HEXONET fully supports this new Drop Zone for our backorders of the .AC, .IO and .SH TLDs. Due to a new drop zone registration fee put in place by ICB, HEXONET was required to increase the price to $165 USD/domain/year on all three TLDs.

Price Increase for Select Afilias TLDs
January 1, 2020
 
Afilias is increasing the price for the following TLDs effective January 1, 2020. This price increase will apply to existing domains, new registrations, renewals and transfers from the effective date. There is no change to restore fees
.ARCHI, .BIO:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $86.28* (net price: $72.50) to $89.85* (net price: $75.50) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $75.57* (net price: $63.50) to $79.14* (net price: $66.50) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $67.71* (net price: $56.90) to $71.40* (net price: $60.00) USD/Domain/Year
.BET, .BLUE, .KIM, .PET, .PINK, .PROMO, .RED, .SHIKSHA:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $20.83* (net price: $17.50) to $22.02* (net price: $18.50) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $18.45* (net price: $15.50) to $19.64* (net price: $16.50) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $16.54* (net price: $13.90) to $17.85* (net price: $15.00) USD/Domain/Year
.INFO:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $16.66* (net price: $14.00) to $17.85* (net price: $15.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $15.35* (net price: $12.90) to $16.66* (net price: $14.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $14.16* (net price: $11.90) to $15.47* (net price: $13.00) USD/Domain/Year
.BLACK, .POKER:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $67.24* (net price: $56.50) to $70.21* (net price: $59.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $58.91* (net price: $49.50) to $61.88* (net price: $52.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $52.36* (net price: $44.00) to $54.62* (net price: $45.90) USD/Domain/Year
.MOBI:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $20.83* (net price: $17.50) to $22.61* (net price: $19.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $19.64* (net price: $16.50) to $21.42* (net price: $18.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $17.73* (net price: $14.90) to $19.64* (net price: $16.50) USD/Domain/Year
.PRO:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $18.62* (net price: $15.65) to $20.23* (net price: $17.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $17.20* (net price: $14.45) to $18.92* (net price: $15.90) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $16.12* (net price: $13.55) to $17.73* (net price: $14.90) USD/Domain/Year
.SKI:
  • Reseller Price Class: Increasing from $57.72* (net price: $48.50) to $59.50* (net price: $50.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Premium Price Class: Increasing from $50.58* (net price: $42.50) to $53.55* (net price: $45.00) USD/Domain/Year
  • Platinum Price Class: Increasing from $45.82* (net price: $38.50) to $47.60* (net price: $40.00) USD/Domain/Year
Customers that have existing domain registrations under these TLDs should consider renewing prior to this increase.

Customer Service Holiday Coverage
 
Our German office will be closed on Friday, November 1, 2019, for All Saints' Day during our regular hours between 7:00 UTC to 15:00 UTC. The office will reopen on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 7:00 UTC. All inquiries will be handled by our Canadian office at this time.
Our Canadian office will be closed on Monday, November 11, 2019, for Remembrance Day during our regular hours between 16:00 UTC to 2:00 UTC. The office will reopen on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at 16:00 UTC. All inquiries will be handled by our German office at this time.
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